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City of Akron Holocaust Arts & Writing Contest Awards Ceremony and City of Akron Holocaust Commemoration - April 25

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City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of Ellen Lander Nischt, Press Secretary
Published: 04-24-2017

Akron, Ohio, April 24, 2017 –Mayor Daniel Horrigan and Susan Yingling, chairperson of the City of Akron Holocaust Commemoration Committee invite the community to the 29th City of Akron Holocaust Arts & Writing Contest Awards Ceremony and 31st City of Akron Holocaust Commemoration tomorrow, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at the Main Library of the Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. High Street, in downtown Akron.  

The awards program begins at 11:30 a.m. Winning students and their work will be recognized with the commemoration presented at Noon.  First place winners and their teachers will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the United Stated Holocaust Museum and other historic sites.  The Main Library will display award winning works over the next month. Artwork will also be on site at the Shaw JCC located at 750 White Pond Dr. starting on May 17th through May 22, with a reception on Thursday, May 18th.

This year’s contest and commemoration theme is When Hatred Becomes Law: The Eroding of Rights in Nazi Germany 1933-1939. “Students from our sister cities Kiryat Ekron, Israel and Chemnitz, Germany; and a student from Weihai, China joined our contest this year,” said Mayor Horrigan. “Their winning pieces will be recognized alongside winners from the Greater Akron area.”

The commemoration will feature Harold Koppel, a Holocaust survivor, who will share his testimony.  Harold was born in Cologne, Germany in 1927. He witnessed new laws targeting Jewish people passed and endured being bullied in schools as one of only three Jewish students.  Mr. Koppel graduated from Collinwood High School, and then went on to achieve degrees in science & engineering, and a masters in business.  He shares his story with the Face-To-Face Holocaust Education Program.

In addition to Chairman Yingling, the City of Akron Holocaust Commemoration Committee includes community leaders, former teachers, experts in art and writing, librarians and specialists in history and resources of the Holocaust. Dr. Terry Albanese, assistant to the Mayor for Education, Health and Families, provides key leadership and directs all aspects of this important City of Akron program.  Dr. Albanese is assisted by Klair Heestand, coordinator of Holocaust Arts & Writing Contest for the City of Akron. Heestand oversees all details of the Commemoration, Contest, exhibit and first place winners’ trip to Washington.

Donations to the City of Akron Holocaust Memorial Trust Fund support the contest and commemoration including providing money for materials for school libraries and first place winners’ trip to Washington. If you are interested in making contributions to this exciting program, you can make checks payable to City of Akron Holocaust Memorial Trust Fund and mail to Billy Soule, Assistant to the Mayor for Community Relations at 166 S. High Street, Room 102, Akron, Ohio 44308 or call 330-375-2660.

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For further information, contact:
Ellen Lander Nischt
Press Secretary / Assistant Director of Law
166 South High Street, Suite 200
Akron, Ohio 44308
Phone: (330) 375-2325
E-mail: [email protected]

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