Holocaust Remembrance Week Observed at HWS – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Holocaust Remembrance Week Observed at HWS

April 16, 2001

GENEVA, N.Y.—Events throughout the week of April 16 through 20 have been scheduled in observance of Holocaust Remembrance Week at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Survivors Ellen and Erich Arndt, who lived underground in Berlin with five other people, will tell their story, and documentary films on the concentration camps will be shown. The events are free and open to the public.

Erich and Ellen Arndt lived underground in Berlin with Ellen's mother, Erich's sister and parents, and a school friend. At age19, Erich was working as a slave laborer at a defense company when he heard that the laborers would be deported. He persuaded his family and girlfriend, Ellen, that they must hide if they were to survive.

After the war, Erich and Ellen married in a registrar's office. Erich's sister and the school friend who had lived with them married in a ceremony performed in they synagogue where Erich had been bar mitzvahed, the first Jewish wedding ceremony in Berlin after the war.

Events scheduled include:

  • “Living Underground in Hitler's Berlin,” a talk by survivors Ellen and Erich Arndt, will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, in the Wasey Room. A reception will follow.
  • Two documentaries, “Memory of the Camps” and “Courage to Care,” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, in Coxe 8. Please note—these documentaries contain graphic footage and may not be suitable for young children.
  • A Holocaust remembrance service will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, at Temple Beth-El, 755 S. Main St.
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