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Coker College to Host Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony

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Hartsville, SC — On April 28, 2016, Coker College will take part in the nationwide effort to honor the victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution by hosting “And Still We Remember,” a Holocaust remembrance ceremony, in Davidson Auditorium at 11:00 am. The event is in accordance with the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust established by Congress and led by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

The presentation, which is sponsored by Coker College’s Initiative for Diversity, Interfaith and Inclusion Education, is free and open to the public. The program will feature education about the Holocaust, guest speakers, musical performances and a candle-lighting ceremony to honor the victims.

“The tragedy that was the Holocaust is an extremely personal period of history that has always been very near and dear to my heart,” said event coordinator and Coker College junior Cherish Thomas. “This year, to honor the Days of Remembrance, I wanted to do something that would give the campus and the community a chance to come together to honor and remember not only the victims of the Holocaust, but also the survivors and the liberators. With the guidance and support of Dr. Julia Fisher, Dr. Joe Rubinstein, and Professor John Foster III, I was able to do just that.”

The Holocaust was the state-sponsored, systematic genocide carried out by Nazi Germany and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945. Jews were the primary victims—six million were murdered. Roma and Sinti (Gypsies), people with mental and physical disabilities and Poles were also targeted for destruction or decimation for racial, ethnic or national reasons. Millions more, including homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Soviet prisoners of war and political dissidents also suffered grievous oppression and death under Nazi Germany.

Through the Days of Remembrance event, Coker College seeks both to commemorate this tragic history and to reflect on the lessons it holds for our lives today. We also pay tribute to the rescuers who risked their lives to save others during the Holocaust and to the soldiers who liberated the concentration camps.

“It’s not enough to curse the darkness of the past. We have to illuminate the future,” said Holocaust survivor Estelle Laughlin. “On Days of Remembrance, the most important thing to remember is the humanity that is in all of us to leave the world better for our children and for posterity.”

To learn more about Days of Remembrance, including the national ceremony in the US Capitol Rotunda and a map of remembrance events around the country, please visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s website at ushmm.org/remember.

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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 21 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.