Posted: Apr 17, 2013 4:42 PM by MSU NEWS SERVICE
Thursday afternoon is Holocaust Memorial Day.
Music and art to commemorate the history and lessons of the Holocaust will start at 3pm
at the Weaver Room in the Emerson Center for the Arts.
It's free, open to us all, and is appropriate for all ages.
Featured performances by local musicians playing music on three themes: the camps, the partisans and lessons of the Holocaust. Performers include: soprano Abigail Dueppen with Trevor Ostenson on the violin; Julia Cory on cello; Michael Videon on guitar; and Beth Lee on piano. "When I Was a Boy," a collection by artist Willem Volkersz based on his memories of growing up in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands, will be featured at the Emerson's Jessi Wilbur Gallery.
Volkersz is a retired professor and former director of the School of Art at Montana State University. Volkersz said his work shifted after the release of the book "Storming the Tulips," by Hannie J. Voyles, that told the story of the occupation through the eyes of 20 Jewish students who attended the same school that Volkersz attended. He built 173 suitcases, each with the name, age and place of death of one of the children from his school. The resulting exhibit, "In Memoriam," has toured the country. Volkersz said his new work, exhibited in "When I was a Boy," examines other ideas within the same framework, using suitcases as a poignant symbol of the one suitcase the Jewish students were asked to pack when they were shipped to the death camps. Eventually, only the suitcases remained.
Refreshments will be provided by Wild Joe's Coffee Spot.
The Bozeman commemoration of the Holocaust is co-sponsored by the Gallatin Valley Interfaith Association, Congregation Beth Shalom, Wild Joe's Coffee Spot and the MSU Diversity Awareness Office.
For more information, contact the Diversity Awareness Office at 994-5801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.