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September 20, 2019

OCC Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Hosts Fall Events

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TOMS RIVER, NJ — The Ocean County College Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education will host a number of events in October and November, bringing education for awareness, compassion, and remembrance to the OCC campus.

All events are free and open to the public.

It Happened Here: Genocide in America

Wednesday, October 2 • 12:30-1:45 p.m. • Gateway Lecture Hall (Bldg. 101)

Adjunct History Professor Rich Trimble will discuss the 400-year history of the genocide of the Native American people and the eradication of their diverse cultures by European explorers and settlers.

Human Rights & the Global Persecution of Christians

Tuesday, October 15 • 2:00-3:15 p.m. • Tech Lecture Hall (Bldg. 23)

Yvonne Doval Von Scheidt, former Director of Latin American Affairs for the International Society for Human Rights, USA Section, will discuss this troubling trend within the context of the UN Declaration of Human Rights (Article 18) and how it goes unrecognized and unreported, and how we can respond.

Remembering Kristallnacht

Wednesday, November 13 • 4:00-6:00 p.m. • Gateway Lecture Hall (Bldg. 101)

Collaborative program between OCC’s Center for Holocaust, Genocide, & Human Rights Education and Kean University’s Holocaust Resource Center commemorates Kristallnacht (also known as The Night of Broken Glass), which occurred on November 9-10, 1938. Nazi Storm Troopers and pro-Nazi thugs unleashed a night of state-sponsored terror against German and Austrian Jews, destroying thousands of homes, businesses, and synagogues.


Central Station

Friday, October 11 • 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. • Gateway Lecture Hall (Bldg. 101) • Film & discussion

Dora is a lonely middle-aged former schoolteacher who has a little stand in Rio de Janeiro’s train station where she works as a professional scribe writing letters for those who cannot read or write. When a young boy witnesses his mother’s accidental death in Central Station, Dora takes the boy under her wing and the two embark on a journey of the heart to find the boy’s father, which restores the cynical woman’s spirit and teaches the child life lessons.

Monsieur Ibrahim

Friday, November 4 • 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. • Gateway Lecture Hall (Bldg. 101)

Screen legend Omar Sharif is Monsieur Ibrahim, an elderly widower who owns a grocery store in a shabby working-class section of Paris. His life takes on new meaning when he befriends Momo, a lonely teenage boy. In Ibrahim, Momo finds the father he never had, a patient man infused with kindness and a wisdom that he freely shares. Momo awakens within Ibrahim a taste for grand adventure, which takes them on a journey that will change their lives forever.

For more information contact Dr. Ali Botein-Furrevig, Associate Professor of English & Literature, and Director of the Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education, at 732-255-0400, ext. 2368, or

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