“One of the things you learn when you teach Holocaust classes is that people come into it with the question ‘How could this happen?’” he said. “I don’t think that is always the right question to start with.
“I think you start with the supposition that this happened, and here is what happened. You have to do away with that kind of disbelief, and when you have a survivor sitting in front of you, it is easier to connect with the events.”
According to Herndon and graduate assistant Donna Gosbee, last year’s event was well-attended and the audience was attentive to the speaker.
“For most students and people who attend, it is a mesmerizing experience,” Herndon said.
The Holocaust Days of Remembrance will take place on April 21 and 22 in the Rayburn Student Center on the A&M-Commerce campus.
The event is free and open to the public.
Furst will speak on April 21 at 10 a.m., Repp on April 21 at 2 p.m., and Blum on April 22 at 10 a.m.
Presentations will take place in Conference Rooms A, B and C.