This January-February Bethel is partnering with several organizations on events related to the history of the Holocaust:
• Earlier today was the opening reception for Transfer of Memory, a traveling exhibit presented by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas and KFAI Radio that features the portraits and stories of Holocaust survivors living in Minnesota. One of them, Dora Zaidenweber, shared her story of surviving internment in Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen before a Great Hall audience that included our J-term World War II class. (Dora is the translator of her late father’s memoir of Auschwitz, Sky Tinged Red.) The exhibit will remain in the Brushaber Commons Atrium through February 13; if you missed Dora’s talk this afternoon, it’s scheduled to be rebroadcast as part of KFAI’s MinneCulture series (Wednesday nights, 7:30pm).
• Then we’re proud to join the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and other departments at Bethel in sponsoring Remembering the Holocaust in Literature, Film, and Theology, a panel discussion in the Great Hall on Thursday, February 6, 7pm. Victoria Barnett and Robert Ehrenreich of the Holocaust Museum and scholars Steve Carr, Petra Schweitzer, and Alejandro Baer (director of the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota) will discuss the role of memory in constructing identity and the ethical challenge that the Holocaust presents to the modern world and the Christian and Jewish communities.
• Finally, Bethel Seminary will host a screening of the documentary film Weapons of the Spirit on Tuesday, February 11, 6pm. The film tells the story of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, a largely Protestant village in France where thousands of Jews found shelter in the midst of the Holocaust — a story also told in the book Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed. The discussion afterwards will feature Bethel psychology professor Andy Johnson and JoAnn Magnuson, executive director and curator of the Jewish-Christian Library & Center at Maranatha Christian Academy. (Update: this event has been moved to CC 313.)