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Annual Holocaust Remembrance Program


  • Date: Tuesday, 14 April 2015
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Stone Center Theater, Jacksonville State University
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Robert May, Holocaust survivor. Dr. May will be accompanied by his daughter, Ann Mollengarden.

Robert May was born in Germany in 1926. The May family had owned a dry goods store for several generations, and May's father was cantor at the local synagogue. But when Hitler came to power in 1933, anti-semitism threatened the family business and forced Robert to leave school and stay with his aunt in Frankfurt. During Kristallnacht in 1938, Robert's school and synagogue were burned, and his aunt's apartment ransacked. A month later, Robert escaped Germany through the Kindertransport, a British program that allowed Jewish children under 17 to enter England, as long as they could support themselves. Robert's father and mother managed to join him in London two days before the war began, and the family emigrated to the U.S. in 1940. Robert's aunt, with whom he stayed in Frankfurt, and the uncle who sponsored his Kindertransport both perished in Auschwitz. (Speaker information courtesy of the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center.)

Remembrance Program Archives (1982-2014)
Contains information on past remembrance programs, including newspaper articles, photos, program flyers, and more.

Imagining the Holocaust Writing Contest
This writing competition is open to Alabama junior high and high school students, and encompasses many kinds of writing, from essays to more creative approaches in poetry and fiction. Entries are due 1 March, and prizes, including U.S. Savings Bonds worth $100, $75, and $50 will be awarded to the top three winners in each category. The top winners will also be invited to participate in JSU's annual Holocaust Remembrance program in April.

Contact Program Planners
E-mail program planners for information or questions about the annual Holocaust Remembrance program.

National Days of Remembrance
The national Days of Remembrance program observed by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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