Troy University honors memory of the Holocaust

Posted: Wednesday, 09 January 2013

TROY – Troy University’s Malone Gallery will kick off a remembrance of the Holocaust with the opening of an exhibit entitled “Parallel Journeys: Stories of Teenagers and the Holocaust.” Opening Friday in the Malone Gallery, the exhibit, on loan from the Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University, tells the stories of teenagers and young adults who were witnesses, participants and, often, victims of World War II and the Holocaust, said Greg Skaggs, an associate professor of art who is coordinating the exhibit. “Unfortunately, discrimination and injustice continue through the persistence of prejudice and bigotry, but we do have an opportunity to learn from history. We have an opportunity to stop being bystanders or perpetrators and, instead, become rescuers,” he said. “The ‘Parallel Journeys’ exhibit invites visitors to contemplate ways in which their actions can make a difference in the world today.” Included in the exhibit, which is free and open to the public, are the stories of Anne Frank, Elie Wiesel, an Auschwitz survivor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and Traudi Junge, Adolph Hitler’s personal secretary. Other stories document lesser-known teens and young adults who survived the concentration camps, hid from the Nazis, led rescue efforts, served as soldiers, remained on the home front or aided individuals who were targets of Nazi oppression. Other upcoming events on the Troy Campus include the film series “Remembering the Holocaust” that begins at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 with a screening of “The Pianist.” The series, also free and open to the public, will run weekly through March 4.