Sunday, April 7

3:00 pm

Exhibit Opening

Messengers of Memory:

Survivors Empowering Students


Join us for the opening of a special, curated exhibit highlighting 20 years of prize-winning prose, poetry, art, and film representing more than 100,000 middle and high school participants in the Holocaust Art and Writing contest sponsored by The 1939 Society and Chapman University's Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education.

The annual contest challenges young people to create meaning from memory through their engagement with Holocaust survivor and witness testimony. Initially regional in its outreach, the contest has expanded to become national and international with schools throughout the United States and eight countries now participating, including Israel, Germany, Poland, and South Africa.  

This remarkable exhibit testifies to the power of Holocaust memory to educate, inspire and empower.

Speakers will include:

  • Daniele C. Struppa, Ph.D., president, Chapman University 
  • Beth Kean, executive director, Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust 
  • William Elperin, president, The 1939 Society 
  • Marilyn J. Harran, director, Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education and Ralph and Sue Stern Chair in Holocaust Education, Chapman University
  • Jarosław J. Łasiński, Consul General of Poland
  • Stefan Schneider, Consul General of Germany