Holocaust Museum coming to campus for three days

The Holocaust hits close to home for senior physics major Belle Marco.

“It’s really close to my family,” she said. “My grandpa is a survivor. I’ve kind of grown up with (the Holocaust), so it was important to me.”

Marco brought the idea for a Holocaust museum to campus in 2008 and three years later is still involved.

The Jewish campus life group Hillel will present the third annual Holocaust Museum Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to promote awareness about the Holocaust and Jewish identity on campus.

Arnold Barkman, associate professor of accounting and the faculty adviser for Hillel, said it is important that people know what happened during the Holocaust.

“(It’s) to remind people what had happened in the past and what could still happen if people don’t keep their guard up and aren’t aware of the evils in the world around us,” he said.

The event will feature posters with information about the Holocaust, videos of survivors’ accounts and other exhibits. Marco said one exhibit is the dimensions of a freight train car in which 100 Jews were crammed in order to travel from camp to camp. Members of Hillel will be present to explain major events and answer questions students may have.

Ido Farhi, a senior electrical engineering major, helped plan the event all three years it has been on campus.

“I’m actually from Israel, so this is sort of my connection to Israel,” he said. “It’s my way of showing I still care.”

Acting Hillel president Daniel Zidell, a sophomore communication studies major, said awareness about the Holocaust and events like it are important.

“It’s something you can never really forget,” he said.


Holocaust Museum

When: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Rooms C and D in the BLUU Ballroom

Admission is free.