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Community Events

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 [email protected] 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, April 23, 2014 7:30pm
    City of Greeley Holocaust Memorial Observances
    Featured guest Speaker, Survivor Estelle Laughlin*

    Greeley RemembranceOnly 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 [email protected] 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

  • Thursday, May 1, 2014 6:00-7:30pm
    ADL's 33rd Annual Governor's Holocaust Remembrance Program
    Featuring Thomas Buergenthal, Holocaust Survivor and Accomplished Jurist

    The 2014 featured speaker will be Thomas Buergenthal, a Holocaust survivor who went on to serve as the American Judge on the International Court of Justice and as a Judge and President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Judge Buergenthal has held a number of other distinguished posts in the legal world and is the author of A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy. The program will include a candle-lighting ceremony memorializing Holocaust victims and honoring Holocaust survivors, and features a special "Message to Colorado" by the Governor.

    This event is made possible by the generous support of The Feiner Family Foundation, Michael and Debbie Feiner, MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation and The Curtiss-Lusher Family. ADL is grateful to Board Members Daniel Feiner, Andy Gurrentz and Michelle Reiff for chairing the program.

    For free tickets and for more information or to register online, please go to or call 303-830-7177 x220.
    Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape Street, Denver, CO 80220

  • 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

Some of HAI's own Recent Events and Co-Sponsored Events


      • 18th Annual Denver Jewish Film Festival at the Mizel Arts & Culture Center (MACC)*
        DJFFAs 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 from February 5-16, 2014 entertain, inform, celebrate life, and above all, bring us together. The Holocaust Awareness Institute cospsonsored the following films dealing with Holocaust subject matter is as follows:

        Closed Season, Defiant Requiem, My German Friend, The Jewish Cardinal, Hanna's Journey, The Third Half

      • "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
      • Survivor's Memorial*
        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.