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Gilde-Marx Collection for Holocaust & Genocide to be Dedicated

Catawba Valley Community College will dedicate its Gilde-Marx Collection For Holocaust and Genocide Studies on Mon., April 8, a day that marks the end of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. in the CVCC Library on the second floor of the Cuyler A. Dunbar Bldg. Light refreshments will be served

Believed to be the largest of its kind in the N.C. Community College System, the collection is given by Bill Chicurel in remembrance of his relatives in the Gilde and Marx families, many of whom were lost in the Holocaust.

The Gilde-Marx Collection includes 367 books for adults, 42 books for young adults, more than 100 documentary DVDs, 75 music DVDs from composers who died in the Holocaust and other pieces having Holocaust-inspired content. The works range from accessible, popular titles, to specialized, academic ones. There is an overall emphasis on the writings of those who witnessed the atrocities perpetrated against the Jewish people, including published journals, diaries and notebooks.

A most unique component of the collection is its 850 letters, telegrams, and postcards sent between members of the Gilde and Marx families in Germany and their cousins in the U.S. The majority of the correspondence dates from the period 1936 to 1970, and gives an unparalleled view of life for German Jews before World War II.

At 12:30 p.m., the college will hold its first Manfred Katz Holocaust & Genocide Lecture, named for Holocaust survivor Manfred Katz of Statesville. He is a survivor of the Riga, Latvia ghetto, and several concentration camps. Presented by James Andersen, the lecture is entitled “Why We Should Care: How Fascists Threaten 70 Years of European Human Rights.” Anderson studied ethnic conflict at Appalachian State University and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and is an adjunct history instructor and a full-time Basic Skills instructor at Alexander County Correctional Facility. A panel discussion follows moderated by CVCC Social Sciences Department Head Richard Eller and history faculty members Jeremy Wilson and Terry Messick.

For more information about the day’s events, please contact Ari Sigal, A.S.K. Director, 828-327-7000, ext. 4355 or Visit for a complete schedule of the day’s events.

Pictured  are Holocaust prisoners displaying tattooed numbers on their arms used for identification by the Nazis. Photo courtesy of San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive.


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