By Angela E. Rodriguez |Staff Writer|
CSUSB is proud to host the Museum of Tolerance’s traveling exhibit “The Courage to Remember the Holocaust” displayed in the John M. Pfau Library April 30–May 21 on the first floor.
Last Monday’s opening ceremony and reception for the exhibit began at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Pfau Library.
This traveling exhibit is part of the well-known Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance located in Los Angeles.
It is displayed for free and open to the public during library hours. The renowned museum is the first of its kind ever, named after famous Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal.
The museum is internationally recognized and is meant to serve for prevention of hatred and genecide for any community in the future.
The experience of such an exhibit challenges everyone to confront their assumptions, negative or positive, of people who are different from them.
On the first day of the event, special speaker Timothy Pytell, CSUSB associate professor of modern European history, lectured intensely on significant Holocaust events. Many students from different majors of study and ages were actively engaged throughout Pytell’s lecture.
“Never have I attended one of these lectures about the Holocaust. I thought it was interesting how Pytell mentioned some Nazi Germans would name their children with names that start with the letter ‘A’ out of respect for Hitler,” said student Valeria Barragan.
Many students like Barragan were interested in the displays of the historical Nazi genocide of the Jewish people, especially the photos of the “German Jewish Life Before the Nazis” display.
“I can’t believe how the Germans committed genocide of six million people just because of their Jewish decent and how long they literally got away with murder for so long,” said University of Riverside student, Jolee Parnell.
Many of the exhibit’s displays covered the Holocaust concentration camps; how the first founded camp was to house opponents of the Nazi regime such as Communists, Socialists, Liberals, clergymen and anyone not loyal to the Reich.
The Holocaust can be viewed as “a time of brutality approaches of which we ourselves can have absolutely no conception,” said Joseph Goebbels, Die Zweite Revolution, 1926 from the “Nazi Policy on Racism and Terror” display.
Students who have had the opportunity to visit the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles and attended the exhibit on campus have been a part of a poignant event as they re-lived the gruesome past of racism.
The Holocaust exhibition has open arms for K-12 students who are interested in taking a tour of the moving displays.
For more information regarding school tours for “The Courage to Remember the Holocaust” exhibit and other exhibits at the Pfau Library, contact Iwona Contreras at [email protected] or 909-537-3447.