Coker College Hosts 2nd Annual Commemoration Event Honoring Holocaust Victims

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Hartsville, S.C. — April 20, 2017 — Coker College will take part in a nationwide effort to honor victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution by hosting its second annual commemoration event on Wednesday, April 26, at 7pm in Davidson Auditorium. The event, titled They Were Us, is in accordance with the nation’s annual Days of Remembrance, a commemoration of the Holocaust established by Congress and led by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. They Were Us is free and open to the public.

The program features educational presentations pertaining to this year’s theme of The White Rose, as well as guest speakers and musical performances, followed by a candle lighting ceremony.

“Last year’s event was a huge success, and I’m extremely excited to be organizing the remembrance program again this year,” says event coordinator and Coker College senior Cherish Thomas. “This year’s theme is The White Rose, which was a peaceful political resistance movement led by a group of college students during the height of Nazi Germany...I want to encourage everyone, regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, etc., that they really and truly can make a difference.”

They Were Us is sponsored by Coker College’s Center for Diversity, Interfaith, and Inclusion Education, the Coker College World Scholars and Dr. Joe Rubinstein.

Along with They Were Us, Coker College will be offering two additional Holocaust education opportunities for the community: a movie, Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, and a portable museum exhibition, Holocaust Remembered, which is made possible through the Columbia Holocaust Education Commission and Historic Columbia. The exhibit tells the personal stories of Holocaust survivors who relocated to South Carolina and soldiers from South Carolina who helped liberate the concentration camps. Both events are free and open to the public.  

For more information about Coker College’s April events honoring Holocaust victims, please contact Cherish Thomas at  

Events summary: All Events Listed are Free and Open to the Public
They Were Us
A Holocaust Remembrance Presentation and Ceremony
Wednesday, April 26, 7pm
Davidson Auditorium, Davidson Hall, Coker College
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
A movie about the true story of a young girl who was a critical figure in The White Rose movement.
Thursday, April 27, 7:30pm
Davidson Auditorium, Davidson Hall, Coker College
Holocaust Remembered
A portable museum exhibition.
Sunday, April 30, through May 28
The lobby of the Charles W. and Joan S. Coker Library Information Technology Center.




Coker College is a student-focused, private liberal arts college located in Hartsville, South Carolina. Coker combines round table, discussion-based learning with hands-on experiences to encourage active participation in and out of the classroom. A supportive, close-knit community prepares Coker students with the confidence and practical life skills they need to reach their personal best, in college and beyond.

Founded in 1908, Coker is a bachelor’s and master’s degree-granting institution and competes in 24 NCAA Division II sports. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review, and by Washington Monthly as one of the Southeast's "Best Bang for the Buck" colleges.