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  • Date: April 19, 2005
    Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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    Montgomery College to Honor Local Survivors at Holocaust Commemoration
    Event to Feature Talk by Survivor, Candle-lighting Ceremony, Photography Exhibit


    6:45 P.M. - Name Reading Ceremony

     7 P.M. - Commemoration Program 


    Montgomery College-Rockville
    Theatre Arts Arena
    51 Mannakee Street
    Rockville, Maryland

    Montgomery College will pay tribute to local Holocaust survivors on Thursday, April 21, at its annual Holocaust Commemoration.  The event will begin at 6:45 p.m., with a name reading ceremony honoring those who lost their lives in the concentration camps.  The formal program will begin at 7 p.m. with music by Montgomery College’s World Music Ensemble.  Opening remarks will be given by Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan, followed by a short film and a candle-lighting ceremony.  

    The focal point of Montgomery College’s 2005 Holocaust Commemoration is an original photography exhibit, entitled “Portraits of Life,” which tells the stories of more than 30 survivors who live in and around Montgomery County, Md.  “Portraits of Life” is a lasting legacy of their lives and their stories of survival.  The historic value of the College's preservation effort is especially relevant given the recent death of one of the featured Holocaust survivors, Peter Masters.  The resulting black and white photograph of Masters and the photographs of other survivors will be shown during the Holocaust Commemoration. 

    As part of the program, Holocaust survivor and educator Nesse Godin, Montgomery College Professors Jon Goell and Brian Jones, and former Montgomery College students John Hoover and Susan Maldon Stregack will discuss their participation in the exhibit.  Goell and Jones acted as project leaders and chief photographers of the exhibit, photographing and interviewing local Holocaust survivors in their homes with the help of adjunct faculty member Rollin Fraser, students, and former students.

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