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University of Utah to honor, remember Holocaust victims

Published: Thursday, March 27 2014 2:40 p.m. MDT

Randy Silverman of Salt Lake City lights a candle during a Holocaust memorial on Thursday, April, 8, 2010 in the Price Family Holocaust Memorial Garden. The University of Utah will honor victims of the Holocaust with its annual Days of Remembrance commemoration Monday, March 31, through Wednesday, April 2.

Mike Terry, Deseret News

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SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah will honor victims of the Holocaust with its annual Days of Remembrance commemoration Monday through Wednesday.

This year's theme, "U. Remembers," focuses on communal memory — how people collectively look back at events through memorials, artwork, museums and other actions.

Holocaust scholar James E. Young will give a keynote address, "Memory, Counter-Memory and the End of Holocaust Monuments," at noon Tuesday in the Gould Auditorium in the Marriott Library.

Young is a professor of English and Judaic studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In addition to writing books and articles about the Holocaust, he has consulted with city agencies on memorials and museums, including serving on the academic advisory board for the national 9/11 memorial in New York City.

"The Holocaust epitomizes one of the darkest periods of world history — an example of human cruelty played out on a massive scale," said Randy Silverman, chairman of the U.'s Days of Remembrance committee. "It exemplifies a powerful majority's refusal to tolerate minorities and to respect their right to survive.

"Commemorating the Holocaust provides an opportunity to reflect on this tragic failing and to understand that the victims were human beings just like us. Preventing this type of atrocity from reoccurring can only succeed if we can begin to recognize the other as ourselves," Silverman said.

In addition to the keynote address, events for Days of Remembrance include a Holocaust workshop, a candlelight vigil and a panel discussion. All events are free and open to the public, but registration is required for the workshop, which may be taken for one academic credit.

More information is available at www.diversity.utah.edu/events/days-of-remembrance.

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