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Students head to Europe for Holocaust study tour

Monday, May 12, 2008

Logo for To Be Certain of the Dawn

ST. CLOUD, Minn. � Singers, instrumentalists and faculty soloists from St. Cloud State University, the College of Saint Benedict, Saint John's University and the SCSU Cantabile Girls Choir leave May 20 for overseas, where they will perform the European premiere of a Holocaust oratorio at Natzweiler-Struthof, a former Nazi concentration camp in France.

The presentation of �To Be Certain of the Dawn� at a concentration camp is one of several concerts to be performed in Germany, Switzerland and France during a May 20-June 4 study tour. Learn more about �To Be Certain of the Dawn� at the St. Cloud Times Oratorio page.

�To Be Certain of the Dawn,� by composer Stephen Paulus and librettist Michael Dennis Browne, was premiered in 2005 by the Rev. Michael J. O'Connell of the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis to celebrate two important events � the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the death camps at the end of World War II and the 40th anniversary of the Vatican II document that condemned blaming Jews for the death of Christ. Rooted in themes and subjects of mutual interest to the Jewish and Christian faith communities, the oratorio pays tribute to those who lost their lives in the Holocaust and honors survivors and their descendants.

Performers on the European study tour will participate in a curriculum guided by the Jewish Studies Program and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education at St. Cloud State that includes visits to churches, mosques, synagogues, museums, universities and the European Union Parliament.

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