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Holocaust Awareness Institute

Promoting Holocaust awareness and education in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region

The Holocaust Awareness Institute (HAI) promotes Holocaust awareness and education in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region.

The Institute works within the Jewish community, the University of Denver and with people of all faiths and cultures to explore the meaning of the Shoah and its lessons for future generations.

The Holocaust Awareness Institute is a campus and community resource for coursework, teacher trainings, education materials and programming and is a leading agent in the region for promoting education about the Holocaust and related ethical and social justice issues.

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Alice Herz-Sommer

14th Annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture

"Music & Hope: The Life of Alice Herz-Sommer" performed by Judy Winnick

Elaine Wolf Theater
MACC at the JCC
November 6, 2016
4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.

For a printable flier, click here.

Renowned Jewish Czech concert pianist Alice Herz-Sommer (1903-2014) performed over a hundred concerts for her fellow prisoners in the Terezin concentration camp during WWII, giving them beauty and hope. She survived the horrors there, and spent her 110 years not only as a gifted musician and piano teacher, but a teacher of life - a sage!

She said, “My world is music. Music saved me. It takes you to paradise and helps you with everything in life.  Life is a present. Music is a dream.” 

Alice’s passion for music, her optimism, gratitude, and love of learning teach us how to live a full and joyful life. 

Judy Winnick (right) portrays extraordinary women from WWII:Judy Winnick

Irena Sendler: Angel of the Warsaw Ghetto
Miep Gies: A Beacon of Hope for Anne Frank
Alice Herz-Sommer: Pianist, Sage, Holocaust  Survivor

Judy says, “It is a privilege and an honor to portray these heroic women.They inspire me with their courage, humility, and beautiful hearts. We must keep their memories alive.”

Judy is on the Colorado Humanities/Chautauqua Speakers Bureau and has performed internationally. During her teaching career she received a Colorado Distinguished Teacher Award. 

To sponsor the 2017 event, or to learn more about the Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture, click here.

"Eradicating Hate: A Paper Trail of Nazi Practice" ExhibitOct. 7-9, 2015

A world-renowned, interactive collection of artifacts related to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust — including an envelope Nazis made out of a Jewish Torah scroll and counterfeit money printed in Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. 

Spungen Torah Envelope

To read more about this exciting traveling exhibit, see the New York Times or visit the Spungen Foundation website. For a printable flier of the DU exhibit, click here.

This exhibit is a collection of the Spungen Family Foundation, presented by the Holocaust Awareness Institute at the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver, and co-sponsored by University Libraries, Colorado Agency for Jewish Education, Colorado Holocaust Educators, and the Jewish Community Center of Denver.

13th Annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture , October 18, 2015, 4:30-6:30pm

Join us for a documentary film screening of 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. & Mrs. Kraus, followed by a talkback with Director Steven Pressman.

50 Children is the heroic story of an American couple who rescued 50 children from Nazi Germany and brought them safely to the United States — as told today, by the children, and for the first time. For more information about the film, click here.

50 Children

For a printable flier, please click here

For co-sponsorship opportunities or to arrange to bring your class or group, please email the Holocaust Awareness Institute. You may also click here to make a donation online.