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SHOAH at Northwestern University Promotes Holocaust Remembrance on Campus

by Jennifer Long, CEI Intern |May 05, 2009|Comments


Illinois Holocaust Museum's board president and Holocaust survivor Sam Harris speaks at Northwestern.

SHOAH (Students Helping to Organize Awareness of the Holocaust ) of Fiedler Hillel at Northwestern University coordinated three major events to promote Holocaust remembrance on campus. On April 19, dozens of NU undergraduate and graduate students traveled to nearby Skokie, Illinois, for the opening of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. Former President Bill Clinton and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel were featured keynote speakers. On April 21, SHOAH co-sponsored a Yom Hashoah walk and memorial service campus with the AEPi fraternity. Despite the rain, several dozen students participated. Lastly, on April 23, Illinois Holocaust Museum's board president and Holocaust survivor Sam Harris spoke on campus. The event was standing room only with 100 students attending the speech and dessert reception.

The proximity of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education allows the socially-aware Northwestern population easy access to Holocaust remembrance and education. SHOAH is organizing quarterly campus trips to the Museum for the upcoming 2009-2010 school year. Northwestern students will be provided tickets, transportation, and lunch free of charge. Each visit will culminate with a group conversation and students will have the opportunity to discuss and relate their experience with others. In addition, SHOAH is working on plans for an event focusing on "everyday resistance," teaming up with other human rights groups on campus to create opportunities for conversation on current prejudice and inequality.


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