SRU hosting Holocaust Remembrance Program March 27 with guest speaker Lee Kikel


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Slippery University’s Holocaust Remembrance Program returns, March 27, with guest speaker Lee Kikel.

March 19, 2024

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Slippery Rock University will host its annual Holocaust Remembrance Program with a presentation by guest speaker Lee Kikel, 3:30-5:30 p.m., March 27, at the Miller Theater in the Performing Arts Center. Kikel, a Pittsburgh-native and recently published author, will present a talk titled "First Person Testimony: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Holocaust Education." The event is free and open to the public.

In addition to Kikel, there will be two other components to the program. The first will be a Holocaust-related musical performance with flutist Kathy Melago, an SRU professor of music. Melago will perform a piece composed by Marius Flothius, a Dutch composer and activist. There will also be a performance by the SRU Symphonic Wind Ensemble with Johnathan Helmick, an SRU professor of music, performing a piece composed by W. Francis McBeth, an American composer.

"Working with the HRP has been a wonderful experience," said Eric Tuten, an SRU assistant professor of history. "Attendees can expect an enriching and mind-opening experience as they learn about aspects of the Holocaust from speakers who have been directly or indirectly affected by the horrors of the Holocaust, but who have come through victorious and with valuable insights to share."

Lee Kikel's recent publication, "Perseverance: One Holocaust Survivor's Journey from Poland to America," is a collection of stories told by Kikel's father, Mieczyslaw Goldman. Before his 1950 arrival in the United States, Goldman lived another life in Poland, one of hardships and survival through Auschwitz and the ghetto. But as his story explains, he never let his experiences destroy his faith, nor taint his love for humanity.

SRU's Holocaust Remembrance Program is co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, the Gender Studies Program, the Music Department and the History Department.

For more information, contact Eric Tuten, assistant professor of history, at or 724.738.4913.

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