In the service of helping promote Holocaust educational programming and fostering engaged communities of learning, HAI works with you to compile an up-to-date list of upcoming Holocaust awareness events across Colorado and Wyoming. Please contact HAI at firstname.lastname@example.org if you know of an event in the community that should be listed here.
[*Asterisks in the list below signify events for which HAI is an official co-sponsor].
Upcoming Holocaust Educational Programming - CO & WY
Wednesday, February 5-Sunday, February 16, 2014
HAI co-sponsors the 18th Annual Denver Jewish Film Festival at the Mizel Arts & Culture Center (MACC)
As the most universal of the arts, film is a vital tool in helping to break down the walls of intolerance. The films presented at the 18th Denver Jewish Film Festival entertain, inform, celebrate life, and above all, bring us together.
Films dealing with Holocaust subject matter is as follows:
—Showing Thursday, February 6 at 5:30pm
Defiant Requiem —Showing Saturday, February 8 at 6:30pm followed by talkback with featured Composer Murry Sidlin
My German Friend —Showing Sunday, February 9 at 3pm
The Jewish Cardinal —Showing Monday, February 10 at 5:30pm
Hanna's Journey —Showing Wednesday, February 12 at 1:30pm
The Third Half —Showing Wednesday, February 12 at 7:30pm
Come see why the DJFF won "Best Film Festival" from Westword last year! Seating is reserved so please contact the box office at 303-316-6360 or online at www.maccjcc.org/film for information on the films and to purchase tickets.
Some of HAI's own Recent Events and Co-Sponsored Events
- "One Person Can make a Difference"The Holocaust Awareness Institute at the Center for Judaic Studies, Social Justice Living and Learning Community (SJLLC), Never Again and the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) Diversity Committee co-sponsored 2nd generation speaker Jeannie Opdyke Smith to share her mother's story in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 27, 2014. Smith's mother, Irene Gut Opdyke, resisted the Nazis as a teenager and hid 12 Jewish friends in the basement of a Nazi major's home-her employer. She hid her friends there while she was his housekeeper and made tremendous sacrifices to ensure the safety of her friends.
Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project*
Working with DU and the Colorado Ballet, HAI was a core programming partner for a new series of Colorado-wide Holocaust learning opportunities and performances from January 21 through April 15; the series included a full-length contemporary ballet and Holocaust education partnerships that promoted the protection of human rights against bigotry and hate through arts, education, and public dialogue.
Music of Terezín*
On January 15, 2013, a packed audience of 150 students, professors and community members came to see the documentary film "Music of Terezin" followed by a lively Q and A with Robert Elias, President of the OREL Foundation, which was founded by conductor James Conlon. The mission of the OREL Foundation is to encourage interest in and, especially, the performance of works by composers suppressed as a result of Nazi Policies from 1933 to 1945.Also in attendance were honored guests: survivors of the Shoah.
Journey of the Human Spirit*
The Holocaust Awareness Institute, MACC at the JCC, the Newman Center, and Ballet Nouveau Colorado for "Journey of the Human Spirit," partnered for an evening of performance on January 16 & 17, 2013, centering around the work of Viktor Ullmann, a gifted composer imprisoned by the Nazis in the Terezín concentration camp. The evening featured the regional premiere of Ullmann's "The Emperor of Atlantis, or The Refusal of Death" staged with a prelude of celebratory klezmer music in the Joy Burns Plaza. The klezmer musicians led the audience into Gates Hall for the short opera. As the opera ended the dancers of Ballet Nouveau Colorado took to the stage to perform the world premiere of a new work by Garret Ammon set to the orchestral music of Ofer Ben-Amots. A cast of singers, dancers and directors from around the world were joined by The Colorado Symphony for this unique and optimistic Journey
On April 7, HAI cosponsored the annual "Survivors Memorial," which honors the memory of those lost in the Shoah, and recognizes our local survivors of the Holocaust.
- HAI co-sponsored Lost Voices: The Holocaust Through Sephardic Eyes on Jan 29. This program commemorated International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
- April 9: annual Survivors Memorial which honors the memory of those lost in the Shoah, and recognizes our local survivors of the Holocaust.
- HAI co-sponsored the film Joanna at the Starz Denver Film Festival in November 2011.