A worker protected by the now-famous Oskar Schindler will be one of two featured speakers at Kansas University as part of events surrounding Holocaust Remembrance Day, Thursday.
Activities will begin with a reading of names of Holocaust victims starting at noon Thursday on the front steps of Wescoe Hall. While the names are being read, a video of the movie "Schindler's List" will be shown continuously on the Wescoe Hall steps.
The first speaker, Alex Rosner, will give his talk at 8 p.m. in the Kansas Union ballroom. The speech is free, but vouchers are needed for admission. They are available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wedneday and Thursday at Student Union Activities, Kansas Union.
Rosner was born in Warsaw, Poland, and came to the United States after World War II.
While he was a child during the war, he and his family were rescued from the Holocaust by Schindler and are portrayed in the film. Near the end of the movie, Rosner is shown in contemporary times visiting Schindler's grave in Jerusalem with the child actor who portrayed him in the World War II portion of the film.
The second is a symposium, ``Human Rights and Crimes Against Humanity: French and European Perspectives," organized by Van Kelly, associate professor of French and Italian at KU, to be held Thursday and Friday.
Kelly's symposium will feature two speakers who will discuss broad ethical issues raised by recent trials of World War II French administrators accused of complicity with Nazi genocide. The talks are free to the public and will be given in one session, with respondents, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, in the Kansas Room, Kansas Union.
One speaker, Leila Wexler of the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, specializes in war crimes in international law. Wexler is chair of the American branch of the International Law Association Committee of the Permanent International Criminal Court.
The other speaker, Richard J. Golsan of Texas A&M University, College Station, is editor of South Central Review and author of the book "Memory, the Holocaust and French Justice."