WEST PALM BEACH, FL – In this emotionally charged theatrical event, four budding young writers share their first person accounts of life during the Holocaust and genocides in Armenia, Cambodia and Sarajevo. Their voices remind us that, without vigilance, tragedies like theirs can happen anywhere, anytime.
Made possible by a grant from the MLDauray Arts Initiative in honor of Leonard and Sophie Davis.
‘Four Children’ will showing at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, from March 25th through March 27th, 2022 in the Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse.
Tickets are $35 and are available for purchase online by clicking here.
By Gillian Stoney
Alligator Contributing Writer
The opening ceremony of the “From One Witness to Another: Genocide Awareness Series” began Sunday on Bo Diddley Community Plaza at the University of Florida (UF).
The series will continue through Wednesday as UF Hillel recognizes Genocide Awareness Month.
Genocide is traditionally defined as the deliberate killing of a large group of people, particularly those of a particular ethnic group or nation.
During the opening ceremony, UF students Sarah Pila, a 22-year-old psychology senior; Kimmie Klaiman, a 20-year-old economics and family, youth and community sciences senior; and Stefani Pila, a 22-year-old history major; read testimonies of survivors from the Armenian genocide, the Rwandan genocide and the Cambodian genocide. UF Hillel Rabbi Daniel Wolnerman spoke about being the grandson of Holocaust survivors.
The series is an effort to inform the community of the acts of hatred that have occurred in 43 countries, Sarah Pila said.
“I think it’s very special that here at the University of Florida, we’re able to not only acknowledge the Holocaust, which affected predominantly the Jewish population, but also able to incorporate that into the larger scheme of genocide awareness,” Wolnerman said.
Five candles were lit to commemorate the billions of deaths. White ribbons were handed out to represent people lost to genocide.
“It’s important because we always say, ‘Never again,’ and it’s still happening,” said Katie Gillen, a 21-year-old UF telecommunication senior.
This story originally appeared in the Alligator and is reprinted with the permission of the author.