CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 15, 2013 – Holocaust survivor Rachel Miller will speak April 24 as Southeast Missouri State University commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Her presentation is scheduled for noon to 1:15 p.m. in the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center, located at the River Campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Miller was born and raised in France prior to World War II; she was a hidden child during the Holocaust.
Dr. Mitchel Gerber, professor of political science and coordinator of the event, said 11 million people were killed during the Holocaust, and approximately 6 million of those victims were Jews.
“We want to remember and think about the atrocities that occurred during the Holocaust,” Gerber said.
He added that genocide continued to occur even after World War II in such diverse locations as Rwanda, Sudan and Cambodia.
Southeast has been commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day for the past 16 years, often by bringing in Holocaust survivors to speak. The Political Philosophy Club at Southeast is sponsoring this year’s event, which is funded by Student Government.
For more information, call Gerber at (573) 651-2694.