|Fred Amram (Photo taken by David Sherman)|
“I want people to stand up with me and say ‘Never Again,'” said Professor Emeritus Fred Amram, University of Minnesota Twin Cities College of Education and Human Development, and featured Baeumler Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration series speaker.
Amram will present “A Survivor Remembers" on Thursday, April 16, at 7 pm in Bohannon 90, about his experiences as a young Jewish boy during the Holocaust. This event is free and open to the public.
“I talk about the Holocaust because genocides keep happening and this needs to stop,” Amram said.
He was born in Germany in 1933. He and his family fled to New York City in November 1939. He will reflect upon his life in Nazi Germany and his assimilation into his adopted home here in the U.S.
“When I moved from Germany to America I had a language adjustment and a cultural adjustment,” said he. “Kids made fun of me because of my accent. Germans were not welcomed in the United States because we were at war with them, and I wasn't welcome in Germany because I was Jewish.”
Amram will also present "Where Was Everyone When the Gestapo Knocked On My Door?" on Friday, April 17, at 5:30 pm at Temple Israel, 1602 East Second Street, Duluth, as part of the Shabbat service that evening. The service is open to the public.
Amram worked at the University of Minnesota for 50 years. He started teaching while he was a graduate student in January 1957 and retired in 2001. He continues to teach graduate seminars.
Other Events in the Baeumler Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration Series
A Yom HaShoah service will be held at 6 pm on Wednesday, April 15 at Temple Israel, 1602 East Second Street, Duluth, followed by a showing of the film Ida as introduced by UMD History professor, Dr. Alexis Pogorelskin. The service is open to the public. Those wishing to see the film should call 218-724-8857. There is a $5 charge to cover the cost of veggie pizza.
UMD Associate Professor Deborah Petersen-Perlman, Department of Communication, and UMD Professor Tom Isbell, Department of Theatre, will present “Concentration Camp Visits” on Wednesday, April 22 at noon in UMD’s Humanities 314. This event is free and open to the public.
"We are connecting our own experiences with the Holocaust," said Petersen-Perlman. "Both of us visited camps that were used to torture and kill people on the basis of their religion, their ethnicity, their sexual orientation or for being disabled, because the Nazis believed their lives were unworthy. While at these camps, we each learned more about what happened there. Students and community members can learn from our experiences."
Mrs. Cindy Seiler, a Duluth community member, will present “Shanghai, China: An Unlikely Jewish Refuge during WWII” on Thursday, April 23 at noon in the Kathryn A. Martin Library Rotunda. This event is co-sponsored by the Baeumler Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration Committee and the UMD Alworth Institute. It is free and open to the public.
UWS History Professor Karl Bahm will present the film The Armenian Genocide on Friday, April 24 at 2 pm in Solon Campus Center 120. This date marks 100 years since the beginning of the Armenian Genocides, during which a million people were killed. This event is free and open to the public.
"These events help keep the public eye on issues like these so they won’t be repeated," said Petersen-Perlman.
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Baeumler Kaplan Fund
Walter Baeumler was a professor in UMD’s Department of Sociology for 28 years. He was born in Nuremberg, Germany, and was inducted into the German army at age 16. At age 17, he was a veteran who escaped the Russians. He immigrated to the United States with his son and wife in 1955. He started teaching at UMD in 1965 and taught until his death in 1993. Baeumler and his friends, Walter and Goldie Eldot, established the Holocaust Commemorative Series at UMD while he taught classes on the subject. The Memorial Lecture Series was established to remember the lives and sufferings of Holocaust victims.
Mortrud Kaplan was a lifelong resident of Duluth and a registered pharmacist. Kaplan’s sister, Ida Grubnick, created a fund to memorialize her brother. She wished the commemoration to explore the plight of Jews and Judaism
The mission of the Baeumler Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration is to provide resources for lectures, seminars, and presentations dedicated to informing and educating people about the Holocaust, its victims, causes, consequences, lessons, and memory.
Written by Katarina Menze, April, 2015.
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