ROHNERT PARK: MEMORIAL AND EXHIBIT PLANNED FOR HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDE COMMEMORATION
04/26/07 2:35 PDT
ROHNERT PARK (BCN)

Photographs of local Holocaust survivors will be displayed at Sonoma State University from May 1 to 28, and a memorial grove honoring survivors of genocide is expected to be dedicated in early 2008, the university reported.

Ilka Hartman’s photographs of survivors will be part of an exhibit called “A Second Gift of Life” and will be on display in the gallery of the Center for Culture, Gender and Sexuality on the first floor of the Sonoma State University student union.

The university reported that the concept of a memorial for Holocaust and genocide survivors was conceived of at a special event in September honoring more than 50 Holocaust survivors in Sonoma County. According to the university, Hartman’s photos of survivors were also displayed at this event.

The new memorial will feature an original symbolic sculpture and will be built on the east side of the campus adjacent to the alumni grove and near the lakes area. The memorial grove will be a collaboration between the community group “Alliance for the Study of the Holocaust,” the university’s Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide and the School of Social Sciences.