Virgin Mary's tomb, the church where Christ was born and the one in which he was executed and buried are part of the next Cultural Thursday, a free public event at Central Lakes College.
Vicky Knickerbocker, a sociology instructor at CLC, will tell of her summer experience in Israel in a 50-minute program starting at noon Dec. 6 in the Brainerd campus lecture hall (E 354). The event is sponsored by the Resource Center for Cultures and Languages of the Americas, a CLC organization.
Knickerbocker went to Jerusalem as part of the June 25-July 18 seminar hosted by Yad Vashem Institute for Holocaust Studies.
Knickerbocker said part of the academic study on anti-Semitism, the Jewish faith and the Holocaust was an itinerary of cultural landmarks, such as the Church of the Holy Spulchre, where Christ was tortured, executed and buried.
Other visits included the Church of Nativity, where Christ was born; the Church of the Assumption, where Virgin Mary's tomb is displayed; the Western Wall, Dome of the Rock, and the Holocaust memorials at Yad Vashem and the Ghetto Fighters' Kibbutz.
Knickerbocker met 17 Holocaust survivors, including three of Oscar Schindler's Jews.
She said her presentation will include fellow participant Brian Steidl, a graduate student at St. Cloud State University. They will present photographs, video clips and a narrative of what the experience meant to them.
"We will explain how we are using the cultural knowledge to promote greater understanding and respect for cultural differences," said Knickerbocker, who teaches a humanities course called "Holocaust Past & Present" at CLC.
Their travel was subsidized by grants provided by the St. Cloud State University Center for Holocaust Studies.
For information on the Cultural Thursday series (first Thursday of each month) or the RCCLA at CLC, contact Jan Kurtz or Liliana Hennis at (218) 855-8183.
This display in Israel symbolizes the deportation of Jewish people during World War II to concentration camps and mass murder. It is among the stark images CLC instructor Vicky Knickerbocker encountered during a trip to Israel.
Vicky Knickerbocker said one of the most moving memorials witnessed during her summer in Israel featured 1.5 million lights that represented each of the Jewish children who perished in the Holocaust.
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