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Holocaust remembered in Vail April 20

Vail Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” A service commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day, or Yom haShoah, will be held at 7 p.m., April 20, at the Interfaith Chapel in Vail, Colorado. The program is free and open to all residents and visitors.

In addition to the memorial candle lighting ceremony and presentations by invited interfaith clergy, this year’s memorial will explore two questions regarding the Holocaust: “How did the non-Jewish European ‘bystanders’ to the slaughter rationalize what was happening in their own communities?” and “Could such a horror happen in our nation?”

The speaker will be B’nai Vail member Cathleen Brooks Weiss, who investigated these two questions as part of her post graduate fellowship. Weiss’ background is in political science, psychology and journalism.

Weiss spent a year traveling through Germany and Poland, interviewing living “bystanders” who, during the Holocaust, lived near Jewish ghettos, mass execution sites and concentration camps. Her interviews that denial, rationalization and self-interest were powerful questions.

As to the second question, it was studied by a team of Weiss’ colleagues at the University of Sussex in England and the University of California. Weiss will share their findings.

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