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Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture

The Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture is under the auspices of the Holocaust Awareness Institute of the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver.

Fred Marcus

The lecture was created in 2003 in memory of Fred Marcus, a beloved Jewish educator who was born in Berlin and spent the war years in Shanghai, China as a refugee from Nazi Germany. For many years, Fred served as a member of the Speakers Bureau of the Holocaust Awareness Institute, teaching students and members of churches and synagogues about the Holocaust.

For more information about Fred Marcus, visit survivalinshanghai.com.

In 2012, we moved our lecture to the fall to help provide more Holocaust educational programming to our community during the Kristallnacht season. We are also pleased to have our event featured in cooperation with the MACC's JAAMM Festival.

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12th Annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture
October 26, 2014

Our 2014 Lecture will be the premiere performance for the Denver Jewish Community of Judy Winnick portraying Miep Gies, A Beacon of Hope. 


Miep GiesMiep Gies (1909-2010) is one of the unsung heroes of the Holocaust. This humble woman helped hide Anne Frank and her family in the Netherlands during WWII. Miep provided them with food and other basic necessities. The care and support of Miep and her husband enabled Anne's inspiring and historically significant diary to survive and to influence generations of readers.

Judy Winnick portrays extraordinary women from WWII history. Judy says, "These women inspire me with their courage, humility, compassion, and the message that one person can make a difference." Judy is a member of the Colorado Humanities/Chautauqua Speakers Bureau and has performed internationally. During her teaching career she received one of Colorado's Distinguished Teacher Awards.

Presented by The Holocaust Awareness Institute at The University of Denver's Center for Judaic Studies in cooperation with the MACC at the JCC's JAAMM Festival.
Elaine Wolf Theater, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver, CO 80246
Tickets will be available August, 2014.
$15 per person; no charge for Holocaust Survivors or students

To learn how to become a cosponsor of the 2014 12th Annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture, please email meaghan.burns@du.edu, or donate now

11th Annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture
October 27, 2013

Presented by The Holocaust Awareness Institute at The University of Denver's Center for Judaic Studies in cooperation with the MACC at the JCC's JAAMM Festival.

Marcus Lecture 2013

Dr. Stephen Smith, Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation-The Institute for Visual History and Education, spoke on the use of emerging technologies by the Shoah Foundation to help optimize testimonies as an educational resource. More than 275 community members, students, teachers, and Holocaust survivors came to hear Dr. Smith speak. One of the highlights of the event was a demonstration of the New Dimensions in Testimony project being developed in concert with USC Institute for Creative Technologies and Conscience Display. The project is to capture three-dimensional interviews with a number of survivors so that in the future people will enable to engage with them conversationally. People will be able ask their own questions and engage in simulated, enlightening conversations with digital doppelgangers of the survivors, as if they were in the same room in real time. - See more at: http://sfi.usc.edu/news/2013/07/new-dimensions-testimony#sthash.GqhxNGGZ.dpuf. Attendees were treated to witnessing Dr. Smith holding a real-time conversation with a 3D digital image of survivor Pinchas Gutter.

To view more pictures from this lecture, visit our flickr page!

 Additionally, patrons donated their gently worn shoes at the lecture as a reminder of the shoes left behind in concentration camps by victims of the Holocaust. Shoes were then donated to Soles4Souls, a national organization that provides shoes to needy individuals and supports micro-business efforts to relieve poverty.

Celebrating 10 years of Holocaust Education in Denver

The Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture reached it's 10th Anniversary in 2012.  Here's a look back at the past lectures:

  • Tenth Annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture
    Sunday, October 28, 2012
    "And Crown Thy Good: Varian Fry in Marseilles" A documentary work-in-progress presented by filmmaker Pierre Sauvage
    (Varian Fry Institute, 2013)
    view a pdf of the invitation
  • Ninth Annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture
    Sunday, March 13, 2011
    "The Stages of Memory in Berlin and New York" presented by Dr. James Young, University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Follow-up Panel Conversation: "Memorials, Memory and Memorialization," facilitated by Dr. Sarah Pessin, Director, Center for Judaic Studies
    Dr. James Young in dialogue with other expert scholars: 
    Dr. Edward Antonio (Associate Dean of Diversities, and Director of Justice and Peace Program; Harvey H. Potthoff Associate Professor of Christian Theology and Social Theory, Iliff School of Theology)
    Dr. Bonnie Clark (Associate Professor of Anthropology and Curator of the Museum of Anthropology; DU)
    Dr. Anne DePrince (Associate Professor of Psychology and Faculty Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning; DU)
    Dr. Lydia Gil Keff (Lecturer, Languages and Literatures; Affiliated Faculty, Center for Judaic Studies; DU)
    Dr. Janet Rumfelt (Affiliated Scholar, Center for Judaic Studies; DU)
    Dr. David Shneer (Director, Program in Jewish Studies; Associate Professor of History; CU)
    view a pdf of the program
  • Eighth Annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture
    Sunday, March 14, 2010
    "Remembering Life: A Moving Exploration of the Holocaust through Photos" featuring Dr. Ann Weiss
    Followed by a book signing of Ann Weiss' book: The Last Album: Eyes from the Ashes of Auschwitz-Birkenau
    view a pdf of the program
  • Seventh Annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust LectureSunday, February 8, 2009
    "The Power of Good: The Heroism of Nicholas Winton" documentary screening
    Introduced by Tomas Graumann, one of those fortunate to be saved by Winton's quiet heroism. 
    view a pdf of the program
  • Sixth Annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture
    March 30, 2008
    "Buried Monuments: Yiddish Songs & Holocaust Memories"
    Featuring Dr. Shirli Gilbert, Karten Lecturer in Modern Jewish/non-Jewish relations at the University of Southampton, England.
    view a pdf of the program

  • Fifth Annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture
    Sunday, March 18, 2007
    "The Bielsky Brothers: Fearless Partisans in the Forests of Poland"
    Featuring Robert Bielsky
    view a pdf of the promotional flier

  • Fourth Annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture
    Sunday, April 2, 2006
    "Shanghai Revisited: The Refugee Diaries of Fred Marcus"
    followed by Opening of the Exhibit "Shanghai: Refuge During the Holocaust"
    Featuring Rena Krasno and Audrey Friedman Marcus
    view a pdf of the invitation

  • Third Annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture
    Sunday, April 17, 2005
    "Anna Rosmus: Conscience of Passau"
    Documentary film screening of "The Nasty Girl" followed by speaker Anna Rosmus, subject of the film.
    view a pdf of the program

  • Second Annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture
    Sunday, March 28, 2004
    Documentary film screening "Weapons of the Spirit" by filmmaker Pierre Sauvage, followed by talkback with Pierre Sauvage
    view a pdf of the invite

  • First Annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture
    Friday, May 2, 2003
    "Shanghai: A Haven in the Storm", presented by Rabbi Theodore Alexander of Congregation B'nai Emunah, San Francisco
    Saturday, May 3, 2003
    Film screening "The Port of Last Resort" followed by Q and A with Rabbi Alexander
    view a pdf of the promotional flier