Nearly 200 photos on 40 posters chart the course of the Holocaust in “The Courage to Remember,” a free exhibit at Sacramento State’s Anthropology Museum in Mendocino Hall.
The exhibit is on loan from the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles and runs Sept. 20 through Nov. 4. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. A special opening and reception was held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, with guest speakers Provost and Vice President Academic Affairs Joseph Sheley; Rabbi Alderstein, Simon Wiesenthal Center; Alfred Balitzer, Foundation for California; Denis Doute, SNCF America; Sacramento County Supervisor Susan Peters; Sacramento City Councilman Steve Cohn; Susan Hayward, Central Valley Holocaust Educator’s Network; Charles Gossett, dean of the College of Social Sciences; and Holocaust survivor Liz Igra.
The display offers new insights into the Holocaust and unfolds through four major themes:
Nazi Germany, 1933-1938
Moving Toward the “Final Solution,” 1939-1941
Annihilation in Nazi-occupied Europe, 1941-1945
Liberation – Building New Lives
While the magnitude and brutality of the Holocaust are unique, its root causes persist, and so it must always be remembered and examined, according to information from the Center. “For only informed, understanding and morally committed individuals can prevent such persecution from happening again.”
“The exhibit will bring a new generation of students face to face with the cruel historical realities lived by a generation now fading from our presence,” says Terri Castaneda, Sacramento State associate professor and museum director.
The exhibit runs through Nov. 4, to coincide with Sacramento State’s Genocide Conference, being held Nov. 2-4 , featuring special guest speaker Rwanda President Paul Kagame.
“We are lucky to have the Courage to Remember exhibit come to our campus, where we can not only welcome visitors from the community, but also use it as a teaching and learning resource for our students,” says Castaneda.
For more information on the exhibit, visit www.couragetoremember.com
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– Craig Koscho