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Holocaust Remembrance Day events encourage students to think, act, reflect

The cover of a magazine containing photos from events during the Holocaust is on display at the Holocaust Exhibit on the second floor of the Central Library at 600 Soledad St. The Exhibit will be open until April 7.
Photo by Alex Ozuna

By Laura De Leon and Kayla Dunlevy

Holocaust Remembrance Day provides students several upcoming opportunities to understand tolerance, respect and lessons learned from the Holocaust, including stories told by survivors.

Phi Alpha Theta will host a Holocaust Remembrance Day event 12:30 p.m. April 18 at Main Campus Building in Room 204/207. Anna Rado, a native of Rajka, Hungary and a Holocaust survivor, will speak on her story of courage and survival.

Edward Westermann, assistant professor of history and Holocaust historian said students who are interested in hearing a survivor story will have the opportunity to hear from Rado.

Another occasion for students to immerse themselves in history is the “Holocaust: Learn and Remember” exhibit presented by the San Antonio Public Library, 600 Soledad, through April 7. The exhibit is a partnership between the San Antonio Public Library, the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, the Mazal Holocaust library and the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio.

The exhibit is composed of more than 80 images on loan from the Mazal Holocaust Library, the largest privately owned library of Holocaust-related materials in the world, according to the library’s website.

Educational events in April will coincide with Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 8. In Israel, it is a National Memorial Day to commemorate the approximately 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.

Harry W. Mazal, who died in 2011, accumulated and created one of the world’s largest private libraries of Holocaust articles. Mazal dedicated his life, time and resources to creating an arsenal of facts to refute Holocaust deniers and a lasting memorial to the victims, according to the Learn and Remember website. Along with the Central Library exhibit the other branches offer a number of free educational events open to the public.

Westermann said he was able to attend the March 4 opening of the Learn and Remember exhibit and the University co-hosted an event with the Mazal Library last year.

“The Holocaust and these types of exhibits show us what the potential dangers are involved with feelings of intolerance and prejudice,” Westermann said.

His contacts with local museums and agencies have opened opportunities for student involvement.

Westermann said he currently has a student interning at the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio, 12500 NW Military Hwy.

The Mazal Holocaust Library and The Holocaust History Project are currently accepting applications for student interns and volunteers. For more information, contact Aimee Mazal-Skillin at

‘Learn and Remember’ exhibit events

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas


Movie screening noon and 3 p.m. at Collins Garden Library, 200 N. Park Blvd.

Dramatic reading of works related to the Holocaust


Reading 2 p.m. at Semmes Library, 15060 Judson Rd..

The Last Days


Movie screening Noon at Collins Garden Library.

Holocaust survivor Anna Rado


Speaker 6 p.m. at Igo Library, 13330 Kyle Seale Pkwy.

Teachers & Educators Discussion


Discussion on the Holocaust, bullying, tolerance and diversity at 5:00 p.m. at Parman Library, 20735 Wilderness. Lecture offers tools for educators to implement a plan of action in classrooms and schools. Everyone is welcome.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

March 30

Movie screening 2 p.m. at Tobin Library at Oakwell, 4134 Harry Warzbach.

Children’s Story and Discussion Time

April 1

Story reading on bullying, tolerance and diversity 3:30 p.m. at Brookhollow Library,

530 Heimer Rd. The book will be selected based on the age group in attendance. All children are welcome.

Teachers and Educators Discussion

April 3

Discussion on the Holocaust, bullying, tolerance and diversity at 3:30 p.m. Brookhollow Library. Lecture offers tools for educators to implement a plan of action in classrooms and schools. Everyone is welcome.

Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony with survivor Rose Williams

April 7

Speaker 2 p.m. at Central Library.

About the Author

Laura de Leon
Laura de Leon
Laura de Leon is the Campus News Editor for The Mesquite. She reports on Faculty Senate, the Student Government Association and campus growth and development. Laura is a communication-journalism major and minoring in business. A 2005 graduate of Highlands High School, she attended the University of Alaska in Fairbanks and Palo Alto College where she wrote for The Pulse and received associate’s degrees in journalism and liberal arts.

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