Elie Wiesel, famed author, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor, has said of the Holocaust, "for the dead and the living, we must bear witness."
To ensure "we do not forget," The Office of Student Development (OSD) at The University of Texas-Pan American invites the University community and the general public to a series of events it will host in May as part of the Days of Remembrance, America's annual Holocaust commemoration led by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
The museum has designated "Justice and Accountability in the Face of Genocide: What Have We Learned" as the theme for this year's observance being held between May 1-8.
On Monday, May 2, the OSD will host Holocaust survivor Lili Gordon, who will share her brave struggle of survival during one of the most horrific cases of genocide in human history. Gordon, who leads the Houston Council of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, will address students, faculty and staff at 7 p.m. in the University Ballroom.
A Days of Remembrance ceremony will he held on Tuesday, May 3 at noon at the Quad, where the stories of several Holocaust victims will be read in commemoration of the liberation of Nazi concentration camps.
The screening of the film "The Grey Zone" on Tuesday, May 3 at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Union's Sage Room will close UTPA's Days of Remembrance events. The film tells the story of five prisoners in the Auschwitz concentration camp as told through the memoirs of Dr. Miklos Myiszil, a Hungarian Jew chosen by Josef Mengele to be the head pathologist at Auschwitz. A faculty-led discussion on the Days of Remembrance theme of accountability in the face of genocide will follow the film's screening.
For more information or special accommodations, call the OSD at (956) 665-2660.