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Days of Remembrance and SUNY Plattsburgh

by Jonathan R. Slater, Ph.D. |Apr 18, 2010|Comments


Members of SUNY Plattsburgh Hillel helped to organize the college's annual Holocaust commemoration, Days of Remembrance, held on Thursday, April 15, 2010. The guest speaker was Martin Borell, Board Chairman of the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. The commemoration included the announcement of the Douglas R. Skopp Creative Competition on the Theme of the Holocaust, set to begin in fall semester 2010 and open to all students in all disciplines throughout the campus. Dr. Tom Moran, Director of the Institute for Ethics in Public Life, paid tribute to Dr. Skopp - emeritus professor and campus historian - who organized and led the Holocaust commemoration for almost two decades. Daniel Gordon, saxophonist and Associate Professor of Music at Plattsburgh State, opened this year's program with "Three Songs Without Words" by Paul Ben Haim, accompanied by Rose Chancler on piano. He was joined by soprano Sophie Bjerke at the end of the commemoration, performing "I Never Saw Another Butterfly," a musical setting by Lori Laitman of the writings by children murdered during the Shoah. Dr. Herbert Savel, physician and artist, signed copies of his book, Kaddish in Wood: Memorial Woodcarvings - The Children, published by the Florida Holocaust Museum, following the Days of Remembrance program. Feinberg Library hosted a week-long exhibition in conjunction with the commemoration. Feinberg also houses a permanent installation of Dr. Savel's work, located in the library's Holocaust shrine.

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