During the month of October, NGU in partnership with Furman University will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Holocaust, hosting various events as part of the Upstate's Year of Altruism.
On the night of November 9, 1938, thousands of Jews living in Germany and Austria were transported by Nazi forces to concentration camps. This night came to be known as Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, and is regarded by many historians as the onset of the Holocaust.
Five years ago, Greenville citizens gathered in a commemorative service for the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht. Planners of the event expected around 300 participants and were undoubtedly shocked when more than 800 attended. The overwhelming response encouraged the event planners to observe the 75th anniversary with a different focus.
"Instated of a single evening dedicated to remembering one era of evil, we propose to rally our community around a year-long celebration of human goodness," group leaders explained on their website YearofAltruism.org. "In 2013, we have committed ourselves to having our community celebrate and encourage altruism: the unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others."
More than 60 Upstate organizations are joining in with the Year of Altruism, which runs through next summer and includes community events, discussions, and volunteer projects. Both NGU and Furman are hosting events as part of the celebration.
Tomorrow night through Saturday, the NGU School of Theatre will produce a one-act play "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" by Celeste Raspanti in the Billingsley Theatre. The play follows one child's survival of a concentration camp in Czech Republic. Tickets made be purchased for the play by contacting the School of Theatre Box Office at 864.977.7085.
Later this month, NGU students in the class Modern Poetry will host "Utter Altruism: Responding to 20th Century Poetry of Witness," in Hayes Ministry Center which will include their responses to the 20th century poetry dealing with inhumanity and injustice, along with an open discussion.
For more information about these and other upcoming Year of Altruism events, visit YearofAltruism.org or like the group's Facebook page.
written by Celeste Hawkins