CVCC Screens Drama “Sarah’s Key” on Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 15

Catawba Valley Community College will recognize the Day of Remembrance on April 15 by screening the film “Sarah’s Key” at noon in the Cuyler A. Dunbar Building Room 205.

Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah in Hebrew) is a national day of commemoration in Israel, on which the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust are memorialized. The United States Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust.

Released in 2011, “Sarah’s Key” deals with the roundup and eventual deportation to Auschwitz of the Jews of Paris in 1942. The story moves between the present and past.

Ari Sigal, curator of the Gilde-Marx Collection for Holocaust and Genocide Studies housed in the CVCC library, will lead a discussion and take questions following the film.

Given by Bill Chicurel in remembrance of his relatives in the Gilde and Marx families, many of whom were lost in the Holocaust, the Gilde-Marx Collection is the largest of its kind in the North Carolina Community College System and larger than many four-year colleges and universities. Multifaceted in its approach to the subject, the works range from accessible, popular titles, to specialized, academic ones. However, there is an overall emphasis on the writings of those who were witnesses to the atrocities perpetrated against the Jewish People. Therefore, the Collection contains an outstanding selection of published journals, diaries and notebooks. In addition, there is attention given to multimedia (i.e., film and musical) portrayals of events.

A most unique component of the Collection is its hundreds of letters, telegrams, and postcards sent between members of the Gilde and Marx families in Germany and their relatives and sponsors in the US.  The majority of the correspondence dates from the period 1936 to 1950, and gives an unparalleled view of the struggle many German Jews encountered when trying to leave Europe on the eve of WWII and beginning anew in America.

For more information about the film or the collection, contact Sigal at 828-327-7000, ext. 4355, or

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