Traveling Holocaust exhibit opens at Cal State San Bernardino



Michel Nolan, Staff

04/30/2012 07:21:59 PM


"The Courage to Remember the Holocaust," a traveling exhibit at Cal State San Bernardino's John Pfau Library, opened Monday with interested community members trying to absorb a black chapter in world history.


Virginia Hall of San Bernardino said she didn't know about the Holocaust because she was born and raised in Mississippi and history books there didn't teach anything about it.


"I didn't know about it until I left Mississippi and went to Cleveland, Ohio, and saw the numbers stamped on somebody's arm," she said.


"I asked her about the numbers on her arm and she started explaining about the Holocaust. She had been in Auschwitz. I was shocked.


"Ever since then, I've been trying to learn on my own," said Hall who has been in California 30 years.


The exhibit is free to the public and will be on display through May 21.


An opening reception launched the traveling exhibit, followed by a presentation from guest speaker Timothy Pytell, a Cal State associate professor of modern European history and author of books and journals on the Holocaust.


"The Courage to Remember the Holocaust 1933-1945" is both a tribute and a warning that the root causes of racial hatred still exist today.


The exhibition of double-sided panels of graphic photographs and historical accounts is divided into three sections, so that visitors may walk the panels, or path, and relive history.


Dora Pompa of San Bernardino said, "A lot of people don't want to talk about the Holocaust, trying to make believe it never happened. A lot of the schools don't want to talk about it.


"My neighbors and I came because we thought there would be something to see and learn," Pompa said.


Three identical versions of the exhibit are traveling throughout California until the fall, appearing in libraries, schools, community centers and other public venues.


Coordinators of the exhibit will conduct K-12 school tours of the display. To schedule a tour in advance, or obtain more information, contact Iwona Contreras at 909-537-3447.


"The Courage to Remember the Holocaust" Traveling exhibit


When: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday through May 21

Where: Room PL 4005, John Pfau Library, Cal State San Bernardino campus, 5500 University Parkway


Cost: Free; parking fee is waived when attendees stop at the University Parkway parking kiosk to obtain a program flier to display on their vehicle's dash.


Information: 909-537-5007;