Babi Yar Memorial to Honor the Memory of Holocaust Victims

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September 23 Program Honors the Memory of Holocaust Victims

The Mizel Museum presents the annual Babi Yar Memorial on Sunday, September 23, 2011, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm at Babi Yar Park in Denver to honor the memories of those lost during the Holocaust at the Babi Yar ravine on the outskirsts of Kieve, Ukraine, and other victims of the Holocaust. The one-hour program is free and open to the public.

The Memorial program will include:

Program host Jessica Milstein, Leadership Management Director at AIPAC,
Holocaust education advocate and granddaughter of Babi Yar evacuee. Jessica is fluent in English and Russian.

Speaker David Shneer, associate professor of history and director of the Program in Jewish Studies at University of Colorado at Boulder. Shneer has lived and worked as a scholar and writer in Russia, Germany and Israel. His talk at the Babi Yar Memorial will focus on the contemporary politics of Holocaust denial in former Communist countries. Dr. Shneer will give his presentation in both English and Russian.

Musical performance by Colorado Hebrew Chorale, a volunteer chorus whose membership draws from the greater Denver area and whose mission is to preserve, promote and celebrate the Jewish experience through song by performing for diverse audiences will perform three pieces from their “Essential Music of the Holocaust.”

The Babi Yar Memorial is presented by the Mizel Museum and Jewish Family Service.
Seating is limited and attendees can bring blankets and chairs and enjoy the program from the park lawns. The event is held annually on the Sunday closest to the anniversary of the massacre.

Babi Yar Park is a project of the Mizel Museum and Denver Parks & Recreation. Located at Havana and Yale in southeast Denver, the park is a 27-acre memorial landscape where survivors of crimes against humanity and genocide can reflect. Native vegetation and trees encourage solace; a small grassy amphitheater is available for gatherings and dialogue.

The connection between Babi Yar, Ukraine and Denver began in 1969 when the late Mayor William H. McNichols, Jr. designated the land for the purpose of creating “a place that would demonstrate a unified public protest.” Now in the third phase of development, the park’s memorial structures create a symbol of conscience that has become a landmark of national significance. Steel from the World Trade Center will become part of the park’s memorial landscape in 2013.

About the Mizel Museum
The Mizel Museum is a portal to the contemporary Jewish experience. Rooted in Jewish values, the Museum’s exhibits, events and educational programs inspire visitors of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate diversity and honor the journeys of all people. The museum employs a full spectrum of expression, including fine art, film, literature and drama, to offer interactive and memorable experiences that promote community and the dynamic way that each of our journeys interweave. The Museum is located at 400 S. Kearney Street, Denver, where visitors can tour the new permanent exhibit, 4,000 Year Road Trip: Gathering Sparks. For more information, visit http://www.mizelmuseum.org or call 303-394-9993.

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