(PRWEB) January 09, 2012
On Tuesday, January 17, at 4 pm, The Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute honors American heroes and Holocaust survivors Bernd and Judy Simon in a special ceremony at Pepperdine University’s Payson Library. “Inspiring Truth: The Simon Hero Foundation” will feature Bernd Simon telling his extraordinary life story, as well as a special viewing of the art exhibition “Art Survives: Expressions from the Holocaust.” Bernd and July Simon survived the Holocaust and concentration camp internment before marrying and moving to the United States. Bernd then enlisted in the Army and flew on a B-24 crew over Europe during World War II. The Simon Hero Foundation has been created to tell their story through a groundbreaking new social media platform.
“Pepperdine is embracing the Simon’s story, which embodies the sort of moral courage our school aspires to,” says Dean of Libraries Mark Roosa. “And The Simon Hero Foundation’s innovative platform is an exciting new tool that inspires learning and action in communities.” The Foundation created in their name tells the story of Bernd and Judy Simon through an advanced “social education platform,” accessible online and powered by Marquee Productions. The Simon Foundation goal is to create and distribute customized 3D social education platforms for use in museums, schools, and universities worldwide, providing users with the tools to learn, discover, socialize, and educate, in the hope of inspiring truth, compassion, involvement and action in communities.
The Glazer Institute is currently sponsoring the exhibit “Art Survives: Expressions from the Holocaust” in the Payson Library Gallery. This exhibit showcases the work of five Holocaust survivors who created work during and following the Holocaust as a response to their experiences. The exhibition was inspired by Hilary Helstein’s documentary film, “As Seen Through These Eyes,” which will be shown on campus February 1, in partnership with Pepperdine’s Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture.
Lani Netter, founder of The Simon Hero Foundation, says “We are excited to support the Art Survives program through the eyes of true “global heroes” Bernd and Judy Simon by using both traditional and socialized new media”.
“Inspiring Truth” will take place in Payson Library’s Kresge Reading Room, and is open and free to the public. The exhibition “Art Survives,” also open and free to the public, will be on display at the Payson Library gallery through February 17.
About The Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute For Jewish Studies
The Glazer Institute was established based on the understanding that as a Christian University, Pepperdine’s students are especially open to discussions of faith and identity, but are often unacquainted with Christianity’s ongoing relationship with Judaism. The Glazer Institute is designed to increase a majority-Christian academic community’s exposure to, discussion of, and awareness of Judaism, Jewish Studies, and Israel. The Glazer Institute seeks to provide new avenues for students to explore and connect Jewish and Christian identities through various opportunities—curricular and co-curricular. With this in mind, the Glazer Institute works in three major areas to promote dialogue and understanding among the children of Abraham. Through work in the classroom, international opportunities, and co-curricular programs, it continues to expand horizons, challenge stereotypes, and open doors to lives of service, understanding, respect, and faith.
About The Simon Hero Foundation
The Simon Hero Foundation was created to develop and distribute an advanced, highly customized 3D “social education platform” for use in museums, schools, and universities worldwide. It is based around the story of a European Jewish couple, Bernd and Judy Simon, who survived the Holocaust and concentration camp internment before marrying and moving to the U.S.
Our goal is to provide users the tools to learn, discover, socialize, and educate, in the hope of inspiring truth, compassion, involvement and action in communities.
About Marquee Productions
Marquee Productions has created an entertainment platform, which supports the socialization of content, education and discovery. Marquee Productions provides a true worldwide experience, bringing cultures together through entertainment and education, allowing users to discover and enjoy content collectively while networking with friends, in real time, anywhere in the world. Marquee Productions combines live performances, speeches, concerts, movies, television programming, the arts and lectures. Founder and CEO, Nicholas Longano, says “We are honored to be working with Pepperdine University’s Glazer Institute and support The Simon Hero Foundation”.