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Film and survivor’s talk mark anniversary of Auschwitz liberation

Date: April 14, 2005 PDT Location: Agnes Flanagan Chapel

Agnes Flanagan Chapel

Renee Firestone
Film and survivor’s talk mark anniversary of Auschwitz liberation

“Where Have All These Faces Gone? A Holocaust Survivor’s Perspective on Racism, Resistance, and Tolerance.”

Thursday, April 14, 7:30pm
Agnes Flanagan Chapel

Renee Firestone survived Auschwitz. For 60 years, she has remembered the final words of those who did not. “The last words when someone was taken away were always ‘Remember us if you survive,’” she says. Firestone will discuss her experiences in a talk that marks the 60th anniversary of the camp’s liberation. Firestone will also lead a discussion following the screening of “The Last Days,” an Academy Award-winning film that features her story, on Wednesday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

During the end of World War II, at age 19, Firestone was imprisoned in Auschwitz for 13 months. Three decades ago, she was the founding lecturer for the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Education Outreach Program in Los Angeles. Since then she has been telling her story to schoolchildren, church groups, and other organizations around the country.

“Years ago, people considered it a Jewish problem and couldn’t understand why we’d want to teach about the Holocaust to non-Jewish children,” says Firestone. “Today there is much greater awareness, and people realize what a human problem this was.”

Firestone is a presenter in the Tools for Tolerance Program, which educates teachers and various local law enforcement agencies on issues relating to cultural diversity and sensitivity.

“The Last Days” will be shown on Wednesday in Miller 105, and Firestone’s talk on Thursday will be in Agnes Flanagan Chapel. Following Firestone’s Thursday talk, she will take part in a Holocaust Remembrance Day candle-lighting ceremony in the Frank Manor House.

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