Holocaust Remembrance Week – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update

Holocaust Remembrance Week

The Colleges will host a number of events in conjunction with Holocaust Remembrance Week. This year, there are three events on campus and one in Rochester, beginning with the showing of the documentary, “A Film Unfinished,” including recently-found lost footage from the Holocaust.

“All the events are meant to make the campus think about what Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) means in the context of modern society,” says Andrea Rocchio ’11.

On Wednesday, April 27, Professor of Religion Michael Dobkowski will introduce “A Film Unfinished” with a discussion following. The documentary captures a rare glimpse into the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942.  The screening will begin in Coxe 8, at 7 p.m.

The Reading of Names will take place on Thursday, April 28.  From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., volunteers who have signed up for 10-minute intervals will read the names of the victims of the Holocaust.

Rocchio explains, “Reading of the Names is often a memorable day. It gives the living a chance to speak for the ones whose voices were silenced by the Holocaust.”

The final two events are planned for Sunday, May 1, which is also Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. At 2:45p.m., many students will go to Rochester to take part in the Community Commemoration at the Rochester Jewish Community Center. While in Rochester, students will be taking part in community service, which will honor the memories of those lost in the Holocaust. 

Finally at 8:30 p.m., on Sunday, there will be a candlelight vigil on the steps of Coxe hall. At the vigil, the “Mourners Kaddish” will be recited for the people of the Holocaust and victims of genocides taking place around the world.