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Date: April 7, 2009
Media Contacts: Marcus Rosano, 240-567-4022; Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970

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Montgomery College Holds Holocaust Commemoration Ceremony
Survivors to Share Stories; Refugee from Darfur Region to Speak on Genocide

The Paul Peck Humanities Institute at Montgomery College invites the community to its annual Holocaust Commemoration, Tuesday, April 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Theatre Arts Arena on the Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md. 

The commemoration will be held on Yom Hashoah, the Day of Remembrance of the six-million who died, and will pay tribute to victims and survivors who show tremendous courage in remembering and in helping us to remember. The commemoration will include a candle lighting ceremony and a reading of narratives about diverse people who experienced Nazi persecution. In addition, Montgomery College Professor Dawn Avery and her students will perform live music.

In response to remarks by last year's speakers who asked the community to be aware of the ongoing problem of genocide, Mohamed Yahya, a refugee from the Darfur region of Sudan and founder and executive director of the Damanga Coalition for Freedom and Democracy, will speak. Yahya was part of the first human rights group to alert the international community to human rights abuses in western Sudan.

A partial exhibit of "Portraits of Life: Holocaust Survivors of Montgomery County," a photography exhibit created to tell the stories of survivors who have lived in and around Montgomery County, will also be on display at the commemoration.

This event is free and open to the public. Guests may park in the white lined spaces on the Rockville Campus of Montgomery College.

For more information about the Holocaust Commemoration and other events organized by the Paul Peck Humanities Institute, call 240-567-7417 or e-mail esther.schwartz-mckinzie@montgomerycollege.edu. You can also visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/humanities.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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