Holocaust Remembrance Event

Thursday, January 26, 2023
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (CT)
Event Type
Ceremony/Recognition
Contact
Dr. Gil Fried
850-474-3426
Department
College of Education and Professional Studies
Link
http://ems.uwf.edu/MasterCalendar/EventDetails.aspx?EventDetailId=13202

The University of West Florida will be hosting the first annual Holocaust Remembrance Event on January 26, 2023, from 5 — 6:30 p.m. in the Rolfs Music Hall on the UWF main campus in Pensacola. The event is co-sponsored by various colleges across campus (including the College of Education and College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities), the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Jewish Federation of Pensacola, Beth El of Pensacola, Bnai Israel Synagogue, and Chabad of Pensacola.

 

The event’s purpose is to remind students and the community about the harm associated with hate and how we have to combat antisemitism and all other hate in a proactive and vocal manner. Failing to address hatred and to call it out for what it is, is unacceptable at all times and against all people.

 

The event will feature various speakers from across campus, reading of names from family members who perished in the Holocaust, lighting memorial candles, a somber musical interlude, and sharing a Righteous Among the Nations bio from an Italian doctor (Dr. Giovanni Borromeo) who invented a fake disease to keep Nazi soldiers out of a hospital and to protect many Jews who otherwise would have been killed.

 

The University of West Florida will be hosting the first annual Holocaust Remembrance Event on January 26, 2023, from 5:00 — 6:30 PM in the Rolfs Music Hall on the UWF main campus in Pensacola. The event is co-sponsored by various colleges across campus (including the College of Education and College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities), the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Jewish Federation of Pensacola, Beth El of Pensacola, Bnai Israel Synagogue, and Chabad of Pensacola. The event’s purpose is to remind students and the community about the harm associated with hate and how we have to combat antisemitism and all other hate in a proactive and vocal manner. Failing to address hatred and to call it out for what it is, is unacceptable at all times and against all people.

 

The event will feature various speakers from across campus, reading of names from family members who perished in the Holocaust, lighting memorial candles, a somber musical interlude, and sharing a Righteous Among the Nations bio from an Italian doctor (Dr. Giovanni Borromeo) who invented a fake disease to keep Nazi soldiers out of a hospital and to protect many Jews who otherwise would have been killed.

 

The primary event focus will be a presentation by. Dr. Leon Chameides (via Zoom) with a questions and answers session. Dr. Chameides was born on June 24, 1935, in Katowice, Poland. With the German invasion of Poland, Leon’s family fled eastward and settled near Soviet-occupied Lwów, Poland (present- Ukraine). With the German invasion in 1941, the family was trapped. In 1942 Dr. Chameides’ father arranged with Metropolitan Andrei Sheptytski (1865-1944), the head of the Uniate Church in Ukraine, to shelter Dr. Chameides and his brother, Herbert, under the protection of the church. Dr. Chameides was only seven years old at the time and was shipped away to two separate monasteries run by the Uniate Church in Western Ukraine where they were given new identities, taught to speak Ukrainian and instructed in prayers and rituals so they could pass as Christian children. Leon ended up spending two years in hiding, living in an orphanage in Briukhovychi, Ukraine, before moving to Univ, where he was sheltered with two other Jewish boys and protected by Brother Danil Temchyna (later recognized as a Righteous Gentile by Yad Vashem). Dr. Chameides lost his parents during the war and in 1944 he was liberated by the Russians where he journeyed for several years until he made it to England in 1946 and later immigrated to the US. Dr. Chameides went to medical school and became one of the foremost pediatric heart specialists in the world. He went from saving himself to saving thousands of others.

 

Light refreshments will be served after the event. For more information contact Professor Gil Fried at gfried@uwf.edu or 850-474-3426.

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