Mu­seum to host Holo­caust re­mem­brance

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A for­mer Brock Univer­sity pres­i­dent will be the keynote speaker dur­ing an Hon­our­ing In­ter­na­tional Holo­caust Re­mem­brance Day event at Ni­a­gara Mil­i­tary Mu­seum later this month.

Jack Light­stone, past pres­i­dent and cur­rent pro­fes­sor of his­tory at Brock, will give an ad­dress ti­tled: The mak­ing of ‘the other’ and its so­cial and po­lit­i­cal con­se­quences: les­sons from the his­tor­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence of the Jew­ish peo­ple.

The free event takes place Jan. 27 be­tween 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the mu­seum on Vic­to­ria Av­enue in Ni­a­gara Falls. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m., with re­fresh­ments at 3:15 p.m.

The event will be held on the sec­ond floor. There is no el­e­va­tor in the build­ing.

It will be put on by The His­tory Lab, a schol­arly com­mu­nity en­gage­ment part­ner­ship be­tween Brock’s depart­ment of his­tory, Ni­a­gara Mil­i­tary Mu­seum, and Seedling for Change in So­ci­ety and En­vi­ron­ment.

The goal of the part­ner­ship is to build, strengthen and pro­mote col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween schol­ars and grass­roots cit­i­zen or­ga­ni­za­tions across Ni­a­gara to ex­pand the knowl­edge econ­omy.

This is the sec­ond year The His­tory Lab and mu­seum have part­nered to present a Holo­caust re­mem­brance event and is part of a se­ries of his­tory-re­lated func­tions on which both sides have col­lab­o­rated.

El­iz­abeth Vlos­sak, a re­search fel­low at The His­tory Lab, said Light­stone is a scholar of early Jew­ish his­tory. Dur­ing his ad­dress, Light­stone will look at how “this long his­tory” of treat­ing Jew­ish peo­ple as “these out­siders or oth­ers” has had “these im­por­tant so­cial and po­lit­i­cal con­se­quences lead­ing up to the Holo­caust.”

“What have we ac­tu­ally learned?” said Vlos­sak, as­so­ci­ate pro­fes­sor at Brock’s depart­ment of his­tory and di­rec­tor at Mar­i­lyn I. Walker School of Fine and Per­form­ing Arts.

“I think we tend to just sort of throw out the words of, ‘we shouldn’t for­get, we can’t for­get the Holo­caust, we need to learn from the past and the hor­rors of what hap­pened,’ but I think some­times those words are kind of hol­low be­cause we don’t re­ally un­der­stand what ex­actly was the Holo­caust, how did it hap­pen, how did we al­low for it to hap­pen.”

Vlos­sak said the event will not only pro­vide at­ten­dees an op­por­tu­nity to un­der­stand the Holo­caust from a his­tor­i­cal per­spec­tive, but also think about it in terms of more re­cent acts of geno­cide.

In 2005, the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly adopted a res­o­lu­tion des­ig­nat­ing Jan. 27 an an­nual in­ter­na­tional day of com­mem­o­ra­tion in mem­ory of the vic­tims of the Holo­caust. It urged mem­ber states to de­velop ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams that will teach fu­ture gen­er­a­tions about the les­sons of the Holo­caust to help pre­vent fu­ture acts of geno­cide.


An Hon­our­ing In­ter­na­tional Holo­caust Re­mem­brance Day event is sched­uled to be held Jan. 27 at Ni­a­gara Mil­i­tary Mu­seum.

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