CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University will observe Holocaust Memorial Week April 8-12 with a series of events, including a film screening about a notable Holocaust survivor who will also give a public talk, a lecture by an expert on the relationship between big business and Nazism, and a discussion about genocide in Cambodia.

This observance is the 27th in the annual series, which is a collaboration of OSU, the Corvallis/Benton County Public Library, the City of Corvallis, Beit Am, and School District 509-J.

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The program will also include the following events, all of which are free and open to the public:

  • Monday, April 8, 7:30 p.m., C&E Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center - A public talk by Alexander Hinton, "Annihilating Difference:  The Cambodian Genocide."  Hinton will discuss the Cambodian genocide which resulted in almost 2 million Cambodians dying between 1975 and 1979, and issues of why genocides happen. Hinton is director of the Rutgers Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights. He is author of the 2005 book, "Why did They Kill? Cambodia in the Shadow of Genocide."
  • Tuesday, April 9, 4 p.m., Darkside Cinema, 215 S.W. 4th, Corvallis - A screening of the film, "Landscapes of Memory - The Life of Ruth Klüger" (in German, with subtitles). It is a biopic about noted Holocaust survivor and memoirist Ruth Klüger.
  • Tuesday, April 9, 7:30 p.m., C&E Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center - A public talk by Ruth Klüger, "The Shoah in Fiction."  Klüger was born in Vienna in 1931 and her memoir, "Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered," documents her internment at several camps, including Auschwitz and Theresienstadt. Klüger will discuss recent trends in depicting the Holocaust through fiction.
  • Wednesday, April 10, 7:30 p.m., C&E Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center - A public talk by Peter Hayes, "From Aryanization to Auschwitz: German Corporate Complicity in the Holocaust." Hayes, a professor of Holocaust studies at Northwestern University, is an expert on the interaction between German corporations and the Nazi state. In his talk, Hayes will address the involvement of German big business with the Holocaust and the advantages gained by corporations, including the opportunity to exploit slave labor.
  • Thursday, April 11, 7:30 p.m., C&E Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center - A public talk by Henryk Grynberg, "Bearing Witness through Literature." A Holocaust survivor who has been described as "the chronicler of the Polish Jews," Grynberg is an award-winning author of major works of fiction and nonfiction dealing with the Holocaust in Poland. An early novel, "The Jewish War," tells of his experiences during WW II and the sequel, "Victory," follows his life after the war. It is listed among the "One Hundred Greatest Works of Modern Jewish Literature."
  • Friday, April 12, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., OSU Memorial Union Journey Room - A student conference called "Social Justice in Policy and Education." The objective of the conference is to address issues of social justice. It includes a visual presentation on aspects of Poland that recall the Holocaust, such as memorials of the Warsaw Ghetto, the Jewish Museum in Warsaw, and the Majdanek death camp. OSU students who recently returned from Poland will narrate the presentation and lead discussion.

Corvallis Mayor Julie Manning will issue a proclamation at the April 8 event. Among the co-sponsors of these events are the OSU School of Language, Culture, and Society; the OSU School of Writing, Literature and Film; the OSU College of Business; the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; and the Austrian Consulate General, Los Angeles.

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Paul Kopperman, 541-737-3421