WSU to commemorate liberation of Nazi camps

Washington State University has planned “A Week of Remembrance” March 7-10 in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi death and concentration camps in Europe following World War II.

“We hope to enable WSU students and members of the campus and town communities to explore the experience, moral dilemmas and legacies of the camps and their liberation from a variety of perspectives: historical, philosophical and through the medium of popular culture and film,” say Raymond Sun, a faculty member in WSU’s history department.

“A Week of Remembrance: Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Concentration Camps” will begin March 7 with a 7:30 p.m. screening of the film “The Grey Zone” (2001) in the Samuel H. Smith Center for Undergraduate Education. Heidi Kyle, a teaching assistant for the WSU history department, will provide a short introduction.

WSU faculty member Harry Silverstein will present a 7:30 p.m. lecture on “The Holocaust, Ethics, and the Film ‘The Grey Zone'” March 8 in the Smith Center, Room 203.

“Post-Liberation Memory: The Camps, Artifacts, and Holocaust Tourism Today” is the title of faculty member Mike Russell’s March 9 lecture set for 7:30 p.m. in the Smith Center, Room 202.

A March 10 film screening of “Schindler’s List” (1993) is set for 7:30 p.m. in the Smith Center, Room 202. Rachel Halverson, foreign languages and cultures, will provide a short introduction.

The week’s events are sponsored by the WSU Honors College, Department of History and the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures.