Cedar Crest College newspaper since 1923
Rachel Morgandale, Arts Editor
April 8 through 16 Cedar Crest College commemorated National Holocaust Re- membrance week. Students donned white ribbons and attended a number of events that honored the memory of the millions affected by the Holocaust.
The week of activities was organized by Jessica Witkowski, a sophomore English major. She was inspired to bring this commemoration to campus for several reasons, “I strongly believe that educating our generation of today about such a tragic event, in not only European history but American history as well, is detrimental. It is not enough to only say we will ‘Never Forget’ the Holocaust. To ‘Never Forget,’ one must act out and create events commemorating the lives lost in this genocide.”
The week started with a program by Dr. Rachel Korazim, a Jewish education consultant. Her program, “From Bystanders to Up-Standers” brought the focus, not the Nazi perpetrators of the Holocaust, but to the bystanders who watched the atrocities take place, and especially those who stood up to oppose it. “We also had an event entitled Affected by the Holocaust in which clubs and organizations on campus created posters displaying how different groups were affected by the Holocaust such as Black Student Union creating a poster on African Americans. The Butterfly Project also touched upon diversity,” Witkowski said, “I feel that it is very important for events commemorating the Holocaust to not only focus on the six million European Jews that were murdered but to educate people that other groups of different ethnicities, political beliefs, lifestyles etc. were targeted as well and deserve to be remembered.”
On Thursday James Ward, Allen Richardson, and Audrey Ettinger spoke on a panel about various aspects of the Holocaust. Ward spoke about the very real possibility of genocide continuing, even in a modern Europe where stability does not have as firm a foundation as many believe. Richardson discussed the terrifying reality that those perpetrating these crimes were, for the most part, normal people. That evil is not a separate thing one can label and box away to be forgotten about. Ettinger brought the very personal perspective of how her own family living in Romania in the 1930s were touched by the event.
Over the past several weeks, Witkowski got many members of the campus commu- nity and beyond involved in The Butterfly Project. This project was performed on in conjunction with the Holocaust Museum of Houston. The idea was to create as many butterflies as possible in remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust.
“Although the butterflies were a commemoration of the 1.5 million Jewish children that perished in the Holocaust, the handmade butterflies reflected different diverse backgrounds.”
On Tuesday, April 16, The Butterfly Project was exhibited in Alumnae Hall. Around a thousand butterflies were displayed in the hallway. The exhibit was visited by school children and members of the Cedar Crest community who participated in the creation of the butterflies.