HOUSTON, TX (March 17, 2011) – During April, Holocaust Museum Houston will be working to raise awareness about genocide and actions individuals and groups can take to end genocide in observance of “Genocide Awareness Month.”
Several genocides began in April or have a major anniversary in the month. For this reason, many organizations and institutions around the world have set aside April to be a month of genocide awareness and action against genocide.
The Museum has many activities and programs for all ages during the month. The theme for genocide awareness month is learning to be an upstander – a person who stands up for others and takes actions on their behalf.
Thirty activities – one for each day of the month – are being highlighted as positive steps individuals and groups can take to stop genocide starting today. For a complete list of activities, visit the Museum’s Web site at www.hmh.org.
A highlight of the month is “Make a Strike Against Genocide,” a family bowling outing scheduled for Sunday, April 3, at Dave & Busters, 7620 Katy Freeway, Suite 100 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The event will begin with a family-friendly overview of genocide and what can be done to stop genocide. A bowling competition will begin afterward, with prizes for each strike and a grand prize for the top adult score and the top youth score.
Ticket prices start at $35 per person for Holocaust Museum Houston members and $45 for non-members. The ticket price includes genocide information, bowling for two hours, shoe rental, unlimited soft drinks and iced tea and light bites. Tickets are required for all participants in the program, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration is required for this event, and space is limited. To sign up, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.
The blues group “Watercolours” will headline “Genocide Gives Me the Blues: An HMH Cultural Bridges Event” on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Sambuca, 909 Texas Ave., Houston, TX 77002. Join the Museum for this special Cultural Bridges event to learn more about past and current genocides and what you can do to Stop Genocide. Starting Here. As an outreach program of Holocaust Museum Houston, Cultural Bridges promotes diversity and inclusion among the next generation of young professional and community leaders in Houston. Membership in Cultural Bridges is open to young leaders, ages 25 to 45 years old, in the Houston area from all social, cultural, ethnic and international backgrounds. The event will begin with an introduction from HMH education staff, followed by networking time that includes meeting other HMH staff members and continues with musical entertainment.
Photographs from the Holocaust Museum Houston travelling exhibition “Darfur: Photojournalists Respond” also will be on display. Tickets are $15 per person and include light bites and two specialty beverages. Advanced registration is required. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online by Tuesday, April 5, 2011.
Also planned is a genocide film series featuring “The Last Survivor” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 7; “Sometimes in April” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21; and “Darfur Diaries” at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27.
“The Last Survivor” will be followed with a discussion by director Michael Kleiman. Kleiman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 with a degree in film history, theory and criticism. He was recently named a Fulbright scholar by the U.S. State Department to work on Righteous Pictures’ second documentary. Kleiman has worked with some of the largest education organizations in the country to create short documentaries about their work to improve American education.
Internationally renowned genocide scholar Samuel Totten will present the lecture, “Genocide Yesterday and Today” on Wednesday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Museum’s Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater. Totten has taught at the University of Arkansas since 1987. He recently returned from continuing the project to interview Darfuri victims of genocide, as well as observe the January referendum in South Sudan. Totten is co-founding editor of “Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal.”
Advanced registration is required for each film and for the lecture event, and space is limited. The cost per person, per event is $4 for Holocaust Museum Houston members or $5 for non-members. Visit the Museum Web site for event details and to RSVP for each event. There is no charge to attend “Sometimes in April,” but advance registration is required.
Also during the month, the Museum is hosting the HMH Members Book Club focused on the book “Something Remains: Understanding the Holocaust” by Inge Barth-Grözinger. This newly-formed group will allow for a close reading of this novel and allow participants to apply historical fiction to deepen and enrich an understanding of how the Holocaust occurred, learn about one individual’s experience and one town’s experiences during the early years of the Nazi period and to analyze the complexity of the events of the early parts of the Holocaust and individual reactions to those events.
The month’s activities are generously underwritten by Elizabeth and Alan Stein and presented in cooperation with The Institute for Sustainable Peace, with special thanks to United Airlines, official airline of Holocaust Museum Houston.
Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.
Holocaust Museum Houston’s Morgan Family Center is free and open to the public and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004. For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.