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Holocaust Awareness Institute

Holocaust Awareness Institute


The Holocaust Awareness Institute programs and co-sponsors community events, which further Holocaust Awareness Education.
Additionally, HAI works to inform our community about other events happening around town that relate to Holocaust Awareness and education. Our calendar of events (below) also includes important dates that are commemorated throughout the year.

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 7:30pm
    City of Greeley Holocaust Memorial Observances
    Featured guest Speaker, Survivor Estelle Laughlin

    Greeley remembrance eventOnly ten years old when Hitler invaded Poland, Estelle and her family soon found themselves amidst the hell that was the Warsaw Ghetto. Her frank, personal memoir of this harrowing experience is testament to her indomitable spirit and fierce determination to remain loving and compassionate even in the face of unimaginable evil.

    University of Northern Colorado, University Center (UC), Pikes Peak Ballroom
    Corner of 20th Street and 11th Avenue, Greeley, CO
    CoSponsored by Holocaust Awareness Institute

  • Saturday, April 26, 2014
    Teaching Voices from the Holocaust: A Free Workshop for Educators

    This day of learning will enhance classroom outcomes for those teaching semester-long Holocaust Studies courses, and for those including information about the Holocaust in the context of any curriculum. Educators will have the opportunity to:

    Connect with other educators and experts;
    Receive a complimentary copy of the Echoes and Reflections Teacher Resource Guide;
    Learn classroom ready activities developed by gifted Holocaust Educators; and
    Receive a certificate of attendance for professional development credit.

    For more information and to register (space is limited) please go to: If you have additional questions contact: Dr. Jeri Kraver at or visit the Anti-Defamation League website.

    This event is being organized by the Anti-Defamation League, Colorado Holocaust Educators and University of Northern Colorado, as part of Greeley's Annual Holocaust Memorial Observations.
  • Sunday, April 27, 2014 4:00-5:30pm
    62nd Annual Holocaust Survivor Memorial "Reflections of the Past and Present"

    Memorial CandleHolocaust Awareness Institute sponsors this annual community Memorial service in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year, featured guests are 1st generation survivor Julius Diczek-Reich, second generation survivor Dean Rotbart, third generation survivor Talia Zall and Cantor Zachary Kutner. The Keynote Speaker is Rabbi Moshe Heyman, The Denver Kollel Experience.

    Jewish Community Center, Phillips Social Hall, 350 S. Dahlia St. Denver, CO 80246

  • April 28, 2014 - Yom HaShoah

  • Week of April 27-May 2, 2014
    Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Week at University of Denver

    Never AgainHAI is proud to be a part of an annual series of student-led, campus-wide events at DU that honor the memory of the Holocaust. University of Denver's Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Week is April 27-May 2, 2014 and a listing of events for the week can be found at

  • Monday, April 28, 2014 7:30pm
    City of Aurora Holocaust Awareness Week Proclamation

    City of AuroraHoward Bellowe and Jackie Stern-Bellowe will be representing the Holocaust Awareness Institute to receive on behalf of the City of Aurora the Holocaust Awareness Week Proclamation.

  • Monday, May 5, 2014 5:30-8:30
    The Real Monuments Men and Women: Art Restitution Successes and Challenges
    Presented by Prof. Elizabeth Karlsgodt

Beth KarlsgodtCJS affiliated faculty Beth Karlsgodt is this year's AHSS Livingston Lecturer. Who were the curators, architects and other art experts who joined Allied forces during World War II and rescued art that had been looted by the Nazis? Professor Elizabeth Campbell Karlsgodt will shed light on the men and women who inspired George Clooney's recent film, The Monuments Men. The film portrays the key role played by American art experts in the recovery of works that had been stolen by the Nazis across Europe, mainly from Jewish collectors, or sold by owners under duress. The dramatization, however, fails to address a few key aspects of this history: the importance of looting in the broader Nazi effort to eliminate Jews from European society; the crucial contribution of western allies to the art recovery program; and the role played by remarkable women. Come away with a better understanding of these courageous individuals and their work, while gaining a broader perspective of restitution successes in the early postwar years, and the ongoing challenge of returning Nazi-era art to rightful owners.

Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall, University of Denver, 2000 E. Asbury Ave. Denver, CO 80208

  • Sunday, May 18, 2014, 1-6:00pm
    University of Denver Powwow: 150th Sand Creek Special Honoring Blanket Ceremony

    PowwowThe Center for Judaic Studies and the Holocaust Awareness Institute cosponsor the Native Student Alliance at DU's 2014 Powwow celebrating Native American culture through dance, music art, and food. Powwows are Native American celebrations of community and spirituality, featuring Native American drum, song, and dance. As Native Americans were moved onto reservations, their dancing was curtailed by government regulations and so became a powerful symbol of Native identity. Powwows adapted from traditional gatherings for particular situations into now social gatherings which include honoring the Creator, renewing friendships past, present, and future.
    2014 also marks the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek massacre in Southern Colorado. In late 1864, a group of Colorado militiamen attacked a band of Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians near Sand Creek in eastern Colorado, killing more than 150 Indians, many of them women, children and elderly. The attack became known as the Sand Creek Massacre. 

    The Powwow will take place on Driscoll Green (rain location is Driscoll Ballroom) on DU's campus

  • Oct. 26, 201412th Annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture

  • Nov. 9, 2014Kristallnacht

  • Jan. 27, 2015International Holocaust Remembrance Day