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Multimedia Holocaust Remembrance Exhibit Returns to Georgian Court

University to Host Moving, Historical Exhibition in April

Lakewood, N.J., Mar. 30, 2010—Georgian Court University will present a multimedia “Holocaust Remembrance Exhibit” April 6–23 in the university’s M. Christina Geis Art Gallery. The exhibit, timed to correspond with Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 11, will include children’s books, historic and modern photographs, maps, posters, and text panels.

The exhibit will display historical concepts, including anti-Semitism throughout the ages as well as the chronological history of the rise of the Nazi party, and the implementation of laws against Jews and other “undesirables.”

“The purpose of this exhibit is to promote awareness, teach tolerance, inspire compassion, and hopefully enlist the viewer to an allegiance of goodwill toward all of humanity,” said Kathleen Settles, gallery director and one of the exhibit organizers.

The exhibition will continue with a spotlight on the ghettos of Warsaw, Poland, and Terezín, Czechoslovakia, as well as the concentration camps of Dachau, Germany, and Auschwitz/Birkenau, Poland. It will also feature the liberation of the camps near the end of the war. The exhibition will further pay tribute to several rescuers and the “righteous among nations,” and will end with a display about genocides in other lands after World War II.

The exhibit coincides with “Yom HaShoah,” or Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day set aside to commemorate the lives and heroism of the six million Jewish people who died in the Holocaust between 1933 and 1945.

In addition to Ms. Settles, the exhibit was organized by Lisa A. Festa, Ph.D., an assistant professor of art history and José Gonzalez, lecturer in art. It ran for the first time last April and attracted a constant stream of visitors, including local congregations, public schools, and other groups. The positive feedback from those visitors encouraged the curators to set aside time each April to honor the victims and heroes of the Holocaust in the gallery.

The M. Christina Geis Art Gallery spotlights works of established and up-and-coming artists in diverse media. The gallery is located on the second floor of the Arts and Science Center on Georgian Court’s Lakewood campus. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, call Kathleen Settles at 732.987.2388.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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