About this event:
Irving Roth, director of the Holocaust Resource Center–Temple Judea of Manhasset, New York, and a survivor of Nazi death camps during World War II, is the featured speaker for this year’s Holocaust Awareness Week at Colorado State University.
Roth, 90, will discuss his personal experiences in Auschwitz and Buchenwald on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Main Ballroom of the Lory Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.
An adjunct professor at the University of Maine, Roth is a recognized speaker on anti-Semitism and the Holocaust and is a frequent lecturer at colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and Europe. He received the Spirit of Anne Frank Outstanding Citizen Award from the Anne Frank Center USA for promoting human rights, social justice and for conceiving, developing and initiating the Adopt a Survivor program, which has been instituted in high schools and colleges nationally and internationally.
Roth is also an author and editor of books about the Holocaust who devotes his time educating young and old about the evils of prejudice and anti-Semitism.
“We are so honored to have Mr. Roth join us on campus this year,” said Rabbi Yerachmiel Gorelik, member of the CSU philosophy faculty and adviser to Jewish student groups on campus. “With every passing year, we have fewer and fewer Holocaust survivors with us to share their personal testimony of the horrors of the camps and those dark times.”
Denise Negrete, president of Students for Holocaust Awareness Week, pointed out that it might be more important than ever for people to hear such testimony.
“Given the horrific tragedy in Pittsburgh last year and the ongoing increase in anti-Semitism across the nation, this year’s event carries a message that is still timely,” she said.
CSU’s annual Holocaust Awareness Week, Feb. 15-22, offers a range of free events that are open to the public.