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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Holocaust Survivor is Speaking Today


The University of Arkansas Community College in Morrilton and the University of Central Arkansas have partnered together to host a two-day visit from a Holocaust survivor, who will be speaking at three different locations and times during her visit. Estelle Laughlin will be sharing her story of how in September 1939 her life was changed forever by the German invasion of Poland and her hometown of Warsaw. While Jewish residents of Warsaw were trying to take a stand against the invasion that later became known as the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Laughlin and her family were captured and sent to the Majdanek Concentration Camp. It was there that her family was divided into two groups: those that would be used as forced labor in other camps, and those who would be sent to the gas chambers. Laughlin, along with her mother and sister were eventually liberated from the Czestochowa concentration camp in January of 1945. Now Laughlin is a volunteer with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., and tells her amazing and inspiring story to audiences across the country. This will be a rare chance for students, faculty, staff of the schools and members of the community to hear a compelling firsthand account of someone’s journey and experiences during one of the darkest moments in human history rather than simply reading about it from a history book. 
Laughlin will be speaking at Morrilton High School’s H.B. White Auditorium on Tuesday, March 13 at 10:35 am, UACCM’s Fine Arts Auditorium on March 13 at 6:30 pm, and Conway High School’s James H. Clark Auditorium on Wednesday, March 14 at 7:00 pm. All three of the presentations will be free and open to the public. Those planning to attend are encouraged to arrive early as these events have reached the maximum occupancy of the venues in previous years. “We in the United States should be all the more thankful for the freedom and religious tolerance we enjoy. And we should always remember the lessons learned from the Holocaust, in hopes we stay vigilant against such inhumanity now and in the future.”- Charlie Dent.

If you would like more information about these events, please contact David Plummer at (501) 977-2142 or plummer@uaccm.edu.

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