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Holocaust documentary

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Performance poster for the 2008 tour of

An oratorio performance poster in Dusseldorf, Germany, during the 2008 tour of "To Be Certain of the Dawn." Photo by Dan Wildeson.

Performance poster for the 2008 tour of  Photo of Dan Wildeson, producer/director of  Photo of Holly Santiago and Bernard Reuter Photo of Ethan Wittrock, oratorio performer and documentary writer/director 

A video documentary that discusses a concentration camp visit by Minnesotans will be shown 7 p.m. Jan. 26 in Stewart Hall's Ritsche Auditorium.

"Holocaust and the Transcendent" focuses on the 2008 trip to Natzweiler-Struthof, a Nazi concentration camp in the Alsace region of France. View the event poster (PDF).

More than 200 students from St. Cloud State, College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, along with the Cantible Girls Choir, performed an oratorio there commemorating victims of the European Holocaust. 

"To Be Certain of the Dawn," a choral/orchestral work by Stephen Paulus and Michael Dennis Browne, was a gift to the Jewish people from Minnesota's Catholic communities.

The May 20-June 4, 2008 study tour included oratorio performances in Germany, Switzerland and France. 

The free public showing of the 15-minute "Holocaust and the Transcendent" marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jan. 27.  

The European Holocaust of 1933-1945 resulted in the deaths of as many as 17 million people, including six million Jews.

The Nazi-controlled German government and military created a system of concentration camps, labor camps and extermination camps across Europe, including the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau camp complex in southern Poland.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day recalls the Jan. 27, 1945 liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by the Soviet army.

In addition to the documentary, oratorio tour participants will share remarks.

The 4th Avenue Parking Ramp, which is a short walk from Stewart Hall, charges a dollar per hour. Free parking is available on streets adjacent to campus. 

"Holocaust and the Transcendent" is the work of Dan Wildeson, producer/director, Holly Santiago, videographer/editor and Ethan Wittrock, writer/director.

Wildeson is director of St. Cloud State's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education (CHGE). Santiago, a 2004 St. Cloud State graduate, was the lead videographer on the trip. Wittrock, a 2009 St. Cloud State graduate, sang in the choir throughout the tour.

To learn more about "Holocaust and the Transcendent," e-mail chge@stcloudstate.edu.

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