A special program, "Interpretations and Imagery: Commemorating the Holocaust through Memorials and Museums," will be presented at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home by Mike Russell, an associate professor of history at Kansas Wesleyan University and coordinator of the University's annual Holocaust Remembrance and Genocide Awareness Week.
The public is invited to this free program scheduled for tomorrow (April 24) at 7 p.m. in the Library auditorium.
Russell will give a tour by way of a visual presentation of the major Nazi death camps in Poland and various Holocaust memorials and museums throughout the world. In so doing, he will discuss ways that the Holocaust is visually memorialized today. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.
Russell received his PhD from Washington State University, both his M.A. and B.A. from Western Washington University and an A.A.S. from Tacoma Community College. His teaching and research interests focus on 20th century Europe, including Nazi Germany and other totalitarian dictatorships, the world wars, and the Cold War.
The program is co-sponsored by the Eisenhower Presidential Library and the KWU Department of History. This program is one of several events scheduled during KWU's Holocaust Remembrance and Genocide Awareness Week, which is being observed all week long this week.
The Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home, a nonpartisan federal institution, is part of the Presidential Libraries network operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Presidential Libraries promote understanding of the presidency and the American experience. We preserve and provide access to historical materials, support research, and create interactive programs and exhibits that educate and inspire.
The library is especially fitting site for the Genocide Awareness program since Eisenhower was the commander of Allied Forces in World War II and it was under his leadership that Nazi death camps were liberated.