The key to change is to never forget

Monday marked the first day of The Holocaust Education Network of Kern County’s 2nd annual CSUB Days of Remembrance. Following Yom HaShoah, the Jewish Memorial Day of those who were killed in the Holocaust, the series will focus on teaching genocide prevention and the dangers of the bystander effect. Founded by CSUB students, the group’s main purpose is to educate students and the community about how dangerous prejudice can be.

“We want students and the Bakersfield community to be able to recognize prejudice, acknowledge that it’s wrong and have the courage to stand up against it,” said Chelsea Stevens, member of The Holocaust Education Network of Kern County’s student standing committee.

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“Everyone has the power to stand up. It only takes one voice to stop hate speech or prejudice,” said Alli Rhodehamel, member of The Holocaust Education Network of Kern County’s student standing committee.

Monday night’s event consisted of a screening of the film “The Longest Hatred,” and culminated with a discussion led by Dr. Stephen Campagna-Pinto, Co-Director of the Institute for Religion, Education and Public Policy (IREPP).

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The next two events will take place in SCI III 108 at 7:30pm and are as follows:

Tuesday, April 9th – “The Pyramid of Hate”, a student-led discussion exercise on Genocide Prevention.

Wednesday, April 10th – “Step-up:” an exercise on ending bystander behavior that will be facilitated by Janet Millar, CSUB LMFT, and Dr. Liora Gubkin, CSUB Assistant Professor of Religious Studies.

The Days of Remembrance series will culminate with a visit from Holocaust Survivor Dorothy Greenstein on Wednesday, April 17th at 7:30pm inside the student union multipurpose room. She will share her story of traveling in and out of the ghettos by posing as a Non-Jew to gather food and provisions for her family to help them survive during the chaos of the Holocaust. Greenstein often volunteers at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.

For more information about the events, email scampagna_pinto@csub.edu.

– Story and Photos by Breana Oliver, CSUB Public Affairs & Communications Intern

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