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Film and Speaker Series

November 9-14, 2015

Indiana State University, in collaboration with CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center, is sponsoring a week of lectures, music, dramatic performances, exhibits and films to increase awareness of the Holocaust and other genocides.

Nearly 80 years ago -- on November. 9-10, 1938 -- Nazis in Germany and Austria torched synagogues, vandalized Jewish homes, schools and businesses and killed nearly 100 Jews. These violent events, called Kristallnacht or "Night of Broken Glass," ended with nearly 30,000 Jewish men arrested and sent to Nazi concentration camps.  While German Jews had been subjected to repressive policies since 1933 when Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany, until Kristallnacht, these Nazi policies had been primarily nonviolent. After Kristallnacht, however, conditions grew increasingly worse. The events are seen as a turning point in Nazi Germany's persecution of Jews, which culminated in the attempt to annihilate all of Europe's Jews.

All programs are free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Dorothy Chambers, CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center, 812-234-7881 or or Brad Venable, department of art and design, Indiana State University,


"Conversation on Syria": An evening to learn about the current crisis

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center
1532 South Third Street Terre Haute, IN  47802

CANDLES will host special guests Mohammed Alaaa Ghanem and Shlomo Bolts.


Mohammed Ghanem is the Senior Political Adviser, Government Relations Director, and Strategist for the Syrian American Council in Washington D.C. He was a professor at the University of Damascus and has been involved in the Syrian revolution since its early days as a peaceful protest movement. Ghanem has briefed U.S. government officials and policy makers in the executive branch and in Congress. His work connects U.S. policy-makers and the Syrian American community with the revolution inside Syria.





Shlomo Bolts is the policy and advocacy officer at the Syrian American Council. Mr. Bolts' family migrated to the United States from the Syrian city of Aleppo. He studied political science and sociology at Columbia University, before attaining a master’s degree in modern society and global transformations from the University of Cambridge. He has been active in the fields of human rights, defense against oppression, and Jewish-Arab dialogue throughout the past ten years.



Admission is free; donations are welcomed. For more information on this and other museum events, please call 812-234-7881.

This event is made possible by the generous matching grant from Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities.



"Escaping the Auschwitz Gas Chamber" presentation by survivor Frank Misa Grunwald

Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
(Pizza will be served at 6:00, $1/slice)
CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center
1532 South Third Street
Terre Haute, IN

Frank Misa Grunwald was six years old when German troops entered Czechoslovakia in March 1939. In the summer of 1942, he and his family were deported to the Terezin ghetto and in December 1943 to Auschwitz. He miraculously escaped the gas chamber in July 1944 and survived four other concentra-tion camps prior to his liberation by the U.S. Army in May 1945. After his escape from the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia in 1949, he spent two years in England and immigrated to the U.S. in 1951.

While exposed to some of the most horrific people, places, and events of the Holocaust, Frank was able to endure the atrocities of genocide through a love of art and music that his childhood in Prague had instilled in him. His life demonstrates the decision that all mend and women must make to devote their lives either to the creation or destruction of human civilization. The 2012 documentary Misa's Fugue tells his story. The award-winning film was edited, musically scored, and visually supported by the efforts of students at Fleetwood Area High School in Pennsylvania.


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