Holocaust Conference, Concert on April 17

Holocaust Conference, Concert on April 17

Boston College will host a conference and concert on Wednesday, April 17, in observance of Yam Hashoah, the Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The all-day conference, "Confront! Resistance in Nazi Germany," will take place in the Heights Room of the Lower Campus Dining Hall. Speakers will examine the many expressions of defiance against the Third Reich, as well as offer a look at the continuing fight against hate and intolerance.

Conference organizer Prof. John Michalczyk (Fine Arts) and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Joseph Quinn will welcome participants and guests at 9 a.m. Following the opening address, "Historical Memory: A Continuing of Resistance?" by Prof. James Bernauer, SJ (Philosophy), three sessions will focus on the spiritual, military and political resistance against Nazism. Among the topics will be the assassination attempt against Hitler, Christianity in the Third Reich and the role of women in resisting Nazis.

The final session, "Resistance Then and Now," will draw comparisons between the anti-Nazi White Rose movement of World War II and efforts to combat contemporary hate crime in Germany.

Closing out the conference will be James Brinning of the Governor's Task Force on Hate Crimes, who will present "The State of Hate Today."

The concert, "Holocaust Echoes," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Heights Room with a candle-lighting service organized by the Boston College Hillel. Performers at the event will demonstrate the variety of music that served as a source of comfort and inspiration for those who struggled against the Third Reich.

A recording will be made of the concert, and is expected to be available during the summer.

Information on both events, including registration and admission for the conference, is available on-line.

-Sean Smith  

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