The Texas A&M University-Commerce Department of Political Science recently hosted Holocaust Days of Remembrance with the assistance of the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance and the Pi Sigma Alpha political science honor society. The three day event included guest speakers and student presentations.
“The Holocaust Days of Remembrance is my favorite program that Pi Sigma Alpha honor society organizes. The political science department has a strong relationship with the Dallas Holocaust museum,” said Pi Sigma Alpha honor society member Courtney Fleming. “For the past three years we’ve invited survivors, refugees and experts to come and speak to our students and students from surrounding high schools and next year’s event will be just as educational and inspiring.”
Guest speaker, Margaret Furst, shared her experiences on the KinderTransport, an effort that rescued nearly 10,000 Jewish children from the Holocaust by transporting them to the United Kingdom. Children eligible for transport had to travel alone and had to be under the age of 17. Only two children were allowed to be transported per family.
“No other country in the world would take in Jewish refugees. There was no place for them to go when the Holocaust started. Many of them could have been saved,” said Furst. “We are supposed to be our brother’s keeper, aren’t we? I hope you all think about this. It is a very big problem, even today.”
Other guest speakers included Dr. Charlotte Decoster of the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance presenting “The Life of Anne Frank,” Roberta Clark presenting “Hate Groups in America” and Fred Strauss, who presented his collection of postcards and spoke about his family’s escape to America from Nazi Germany.
For more information about the Department of Political Science, visit: http://www.tamuc.edu/academics/colleges/humanitiessocialsciencesarts/departments/politicalScience/.
To learn more about the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance, visit: http://www.dallasholocaustmuseum.org/.