The Florida Holocaust Museum is pleased to announce April's series of events for Genocide and Human Rights Awareness Month (GHRAM). The goal of GHRAM is to bring an increased sense of awareness to the current genocide in Darfur and allow reflection on past genocides such as the Holocaust, the Armenian genocide, Rwandan genocide, and other human rights violations.
"Through GHRAM we hope to educate the local community of the genocides that are still prevalent in the world today. We envision our guests will take away a new sense of understanding from these unimaginable and moving stories that are shared throughout the exhibitions, commemorative events and programs." said Elizabeth Gelman, Executive Director of the Florida Holocaust Museum.
The kick-off for GHRAM begins on April 8th with Yom HaShoah Commemoration. After a commemorative ceremony marking Holocaust Rememberance Day, the Florida Holocaust Museumwill welcome keynote speaker, Deborah Dwork, Ph.D. who will present "Holding on through Letters: Jewish Families during the Holocaust."
On April 13th partake in the galleries for an evening of Drawing on Conversation, dialogue and artistic experience. Drawing in the galleries will take place in the William Pachner exhibition, Imagined Landscapes, which explores Pachner's vision on how man interacts and mars the beauty of the natural world. Participants will create pencil sketches to take home.
This year's Armenian Genocide Commemoration on April 20th at the Hagop Armenian Church will be a celebration of life featuring poetry and music. The program will also include a traditional Armenian requiem ceremony.
On April 25th in St. Petersburg and April 26th in Sarasota, join author Christopher Browning, Ph.D. as he discusses his latest book, Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave-Labor Camp. Employing the rich testimony of survivors of slave labor camps, Browning weaves the experiences of Jewish prisoners, Nazi authorities, and neighboring Poles into a chilling story of an aspect of the Holocaust that is only recently coming to light.
The Florida Holocaust Museum ends the month with the GHRAM Closing Reception on April 30th. In addition, they will host the Pardoll Family Lecture Series, Hear Me Now with Cambodian genocide survivor, Sophal Leng Stagg. Sophal will speak about her experiences during the genocide in Cambodia and about her and her husband, Bill Stagg's post-genocide efforts to deliver help to impoverished Cambodians. A dessert reception will follow the talk.
All events for GHRAM are free and open to the public.