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Holocaust Memorial Center Organizes Multi-Site Film Screenings for International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jan. 27

Screening of “Watchers of the Sky” to take place in Farmington Hills, West Bloomfield and Ann Arbor.

Farmington Hills, MI, December 24, 2014 --( The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus ( announced that it will present three screenings of Sundance Festival award-winning film, “Watchers of the Sky,” as part of its annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.

The screenings will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Berman Center for Performing Arts (6600 W. Maple Rd.) in West Bloomfield and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at both the Holocaust Memorial Center (28123 Orchard Lake Rd.) in Farmington Hills and the Jewish Community Center (2935 Birch Hollow Dr.) in Ann Arbor. Admission to all screenings is free of charge. Donations will be accepted.

“Watchers of the Sky” examines the life and legacy of Polish-Jewish lawyer and linguist Raphael Lemkin, who coined the term “genocide.” Before Lemkin, the notion of accountability for war crimes was virtually non-existent. After experiencing the barbarity of the Holocaust firsthand, he devoted his life to convincing the international community that there must be legal retribution for mass atrocities targeted at minorities, asking, “Why is the killing of a million a lesser crime than the killing of an individual?” An impassioned visionary, Lemkin confronted world apathy in a tireless battle for justice, setting the stage for the Nuremberg trials and creation of the International Criminal Court.

“Hosting events in honor of International Holocaust Day of Remembrance, which this year marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, is especially significant for us,” said Holocaust Memorial Center Executive Director Stephen M. Goldman. “By expanding the hours of our usual programming and adding locations, we will have the opportunity to reach more people.”

In addition to the screening, the Holocaust Memorial Center will host museum tours beginning at 1 p.m. on Jan. 27 and guide attendees through the museum dedicated to the memory of the Holocaust. Participants also will have the opportunity to meet a Holocaust survivor after the tour.

Included among the tour stops is The Henrietta and Alvin Weisberg Gallery, featuring an authentic World War II-era boxcar. Visitors also will visit the popular Time Line, a circular exhibit that tracks the history of the Jewish people against major events in world history over a period of 4,000 years. Additionally, the tour will feature exhibits focusing on the story of World War II, firsthand accounts from Detroit area Holocaust survivors, and honors devoted to the thousands of non-Jews who saved, or tried to save, at least one Jew, knowing this action could place them in mortal danger.

The events of the day are being made possible by the support of the Anti-Defamation League, David-Horodoker Organization, Masco Corporation Foundation, Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive, Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies at Wayne State University and Jewish Studies at Eastern Michigan University.

The Holocaust Memorial Center is open Sunday – Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last admission at 3:30 p.m.); and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (last admission at 1:30 p.m.). The museum is closed on Saturday and public holidays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and college students and $5 for children.

About the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus
The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus opened in 1984. Local Holocaust survivors, with community support, founded the museum to teach about the senseless murder of millions, and why everyone must respect and stand up for the rights of others if the world is to prevent future discrimination, hate crime and genocide. As Michigan’s only Holocaust museum, the Holocaust Memorial Center annually touches the lives of more than 85,000 individuals, who leave the museum profoundly affected with a newly acquired sense of history, social responsibility and morality. The Holocaust Memorial Center’s exhibits create a call to action, teaching visitors through the examples of those who risked their lives to save others, and asking its guests to react to contemporary challenges such as racism, intolerance, bullying and prejudice.

The facility is wheelchair accessible and free parking is available at both the North and South entrances.

For more information on the Holocaust Memorial Center, visit, or call 248-553-2400.
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