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Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Week

Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, is observed as a day of commemoration for the people who perished in the Holocaust and marks the anniversary of the uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto.

The day is observed on the 27th of Nisan, the seventh month on the Hebrew calendar. Yom HaShoah will be observed on the following days on the Gregorian calendar:

Monday, April 28, 2014
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Monday, April 24, 2017

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed on January 27, and was designated by UN General Assembly Resolution in 2005 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.

HAI 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

The following events are planned for the campus community (for frequent updates and more information, like the DU Never Again Facebook page!):

  • Sunday, April 27, 2014 (1:00pm)
    Field of Flags
    Place flags on Driscoll Green. The field of flags is a visual representation of those killed in the Holocaust from every population. Every flag approximates 5,000 deaths. These flags remain on the lawn for the week. No RSVP required, please join to help!
  • Monday, April 28, 2014 (9am-5pm)
    reading litanyThroughout the entire day volunteers will be at the Anderson Academic Commons Cafe reading the names of those lost during the Holocaust. There will also be an information table in the library with various educational materials available for free. If you would like to participate in this important event, please sign up for a time slot here

  • Tuesday, April 29, 2014 (6:00-8:00pm)-Teach-In Tuesday: Hosted by DU Interfaith Advocates, we invite you to participate in a Teach-In on "Eat Better Together." 

  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014 (6:30-7:30pm-Lindsay Auditorium)
    Khmer Rouge
    Join DU Never Again! & the Asian Student Alliance for a presentation on experiences from the Khmer Rouge Genocide in the 1970s. We will hear from Kheng Na, a survivor of the Genocide who has inspired the lives of others through her stories and experiences as a Cambodian Refugee who immigrated to America.

  • Friday, May 2, 2014 (3:00pm)
    remove flags from Driscoll Green.

  • Wednesday, May 7, 2014 (7:00pm)
    Hotel Rwanda movie posterFilm Screening of Hotel Rwanda. The screening is followed by talk-back by Governor's Deputy Chief of Staff, Jamie Van Leeuwen. Mr. Van Leeuwen also runs the Global Livingston Institute which takes students and community leaders out of their comfort zones and introduces them to fragile, disparate, vulnerable, and impoverished environments. Refreshments served. Hillel of Colorado Merage & Allon Hillel Center 2390 S. Race St. Denver, CO 80210.