On April 12, Xavier University’s Office of Interfaith Community Engagement is offering two programs in observance of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Both programs are free and open to the public.
From 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Steven F. Cassidy displays his collection of Holocaust and World War II-era original artifacts on the third floor of the Gallagher Student Center. Cassidy and Rabbi Abie Ingber, director of the Office of Interfaith Community Engagement, will be present to help visitors learn about these remnants of the Holocaust.
Cassidy is a Holocaust expert and owns the largest private collection of Holocaust artifacts in the country. He has interviewed concentration camp survivors and convicted Nazi war criminals and continues to research this period in world history. His collection includes Jewish money, a Secret Service uniform and hat, concentration camp uniforms and patches, propaganda posters, gas cylinders and gas masks from the extermination camps, as well as photos from the era.
That evening at 8:30 p.m. in Long Recital Hall on the first floor of Edgecliff Hall, the film “Paper Clips” is being shown. This inspiring documentary captures how rural Tennessee students responded to lessons about the Holocaust with a promise to honor every lost soul by collecting one paper clip for each individual exterminated by the Nazis.
Despite the fact that they had previously been unaware of the Holocaust, the students collected 11 million paper clips representing 6 million Jews and 5 million gypsies, homosexuals and other victims of the Holocaust. The clips fill a memorial railcar, which stands permanently in their schoolyard and is an unforgettable lesson of how a committed group of children and educators can change the world one classroom at a time.
For more information on the Office of Interfaith Community Engagement, please visit www.xavier.edu/interfaith.