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Blue Ridge Library to Host Holocaust Education Event Featuring Second-Generation Survivor

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On the Jan. 27 International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Library of Blue Ridge Community College invites the community to an important free event featuring speaker F. Ari Landau. Laundau is a second-generation Holocaust survivor. All 46 members of his family perished under Nazi control, leaving only Mr. Landau’s father and his half sister as survivors.

“It is crucial that Holocaust education is continued through the next generation and that the stories of the survivors and their families be passed on as oral history, as a learning tool, and as a warning of what can happen when hatred claims power,” said Anthony Baltiero, Blue Ridge’s director of library services. “We at the library are very excited to offer this free event to our college and local community.”

The event, titled “The Impact of Hatred and the Struggle for a Better Tomorrow: One Family’s Story of the Holocaust,” is scheduled for January 27 at 12 p.m. in the Killian Building on the Henderson County Campus of Blue Ridge Community College.

“For some, this may be the first and only time that they will get the opportunity to interact with the family of Holocaust survivors,” added Baltiero, “and to be a part of the conversation about the Holocaust and its impacts on society then and now.”