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14 March 2006

JSU Holocaust Memorial April 6

The annual Jacksonville State University memorial of the Holocaust of World War II will be held April 6 at 7:30, Stone Center Theater, Jacksonville State University. Keynote speaker will be Mr. Aisic Hirsch of Birmingham, Alabama, who escaped the Warsaw Ghetto and was taken in and hidden by a priest for the remainder of the war. Mr. Hirsch is the husband of last year's keynote speaker, Riva Hirsch who is a survivor of the concentration camps in Eastern Europe and two forced marches by the Nazis.

In 1940, the Nazis seized the homes and property of Jews from Warsaw and other regions of Poland and Eastern Europe and forced them into ghettos. In its three years of existence, the Warsaw Ghetto, with a population of over 400,000 was the largest of these deportation areas. By the time of its destruction, less than ten percent of its original occupants had survived. Mr. Aisic HIrsch was one of the few who managed to escape.

Others participating in the event, which is sponsored by JSU's Student Government Association, are from the university community and the community-at-large. The public is invited.

Contact persons:

Aisic Hirsch (survivor) 205-252-9980

John Hickman (JSU) 256-782-8253

Steven Whitton (JSU) 256-782-5414

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