The second week of April is Holocaust Education and Awareness Week in Missouri, and through the efforts of the Antisemitism Education Center of the Ozarks, a series of related special events will be presented for all residents and visitors in our area.
This special week in Branson begins on Sunday, April 16th, at 2pm with a Free Community Film Event and the showing of the movie, The Hiding Place – provided by the Billy Graham Worldwide Association and the Branson Regional Arts Council. This event will be at the HISTORIC OWEN THEATER, 205 South Commercial Street, Branson, MO.
Doors open at 1:30pm, and seating is open with no reservations required. Arrive early for best seat availability.
The Hiding Place is a 1975 film based on the autobiographical book of the same name by Corrie ten Boom that recounts her and her family’s experiences before and during their imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp during the Holocaust during World War II.
The film was directed by James F. Collier. Jeanette Clift George received a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer – Female.
On July 1, 2020, Missouri became the 20th state to require Holocaust education in curricula for secondary schools. Governor Mike Parson signed Senate Bill 681, The Never Again Education Act , which established a permanent Holocaust Education and Awareness Commission and designates the second week in April as Holocaust Education and Awareness Week.
Holocaust Education and Awareness Week Events in Branson
Free Community Film at 2pm – The Hiding Place – provided by the Billy Graham Worldwide Association and the Branson Regional Arts Council. 205 South Commercial Street, Branson, MO.
Tuesday, April 18, 2023 (full day activities)
Yom HaShoah in the Jewish calendar, the Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust. The most important events of the entire week will be on this day.
The first event at 10am, will be presented by the CONCERNED WOMEN FOR AMERICA, MISSOURI, at the COVENANT LIFE CHURCH, 120 North 3rd Street in Branson. Holocaust survivor, Erika Schwartz, will give her living testimony. We are losing our survivors worldwide as they age out, so their testimonials to what happened in their own personal experiences of the Holocaust are imperative that we hear while they are yet with us. At this point in history, there are more Holocaust deniers than we have Holocaust survivors left to stand against the rewriting of historical fact. Erika will recount the story of the murder of her entire family and how she was able to change her life from one of depression and anger to daily celebrations of gratitude and joy!
At 5:30pm at the FREEDOM ENCOUNTER THEATER (the former Tony Orlando Yellow Ribbon Theater), 3220 Falls Parkway, Branson, MO, the opening of 24-Panel Exhibit from YAD VASHEM WORLD HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE CENTER in Jerusalem, Israel – titled “The Righteous Among the Nations” Reception: “Corrie’s Birthday Party” Corrie ten Boom was born on April 15th and also died on April 15th on her 91st birthday. It is considered very blessed to have come to the earth, and also left the earth on the exact same day.
At 7:00pm on Stage: Susan Sandager of Albuquerque, NM, performs “Corrie Remembers” from Corrie ten Boom’s own reminisces of her family’s Holocaust experiences. This one-woman show is about the life and legacy of Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch Christian who rescued hundreds of Jews from Nazi death camps. Yad VaShem has recognized the ten Boom family in its Avenue of the Righteous Garden in Jerusalem as “Righteous Among the Nations” for their role in saving Jews.
Wednesday, April 19, 2023 – 6:30pm (First Presbyterian Church)
Before returning to Albuquerque, NM, Susan Sandager will be at the FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 420 West Main Street, Branson, MO. Susan will deliver the moving original message spoken by Corrie ten Boom at Melody Land Christian Center in Anaheim, CA, on October 1, 1972. The sermon entitled “The Door of Repentance” will be delivered in Corrie ten Boom persona in Corrie’s own words.
Thursday, April 20, 2023 – 1:30pm (Taneyhills Library)
Dr. Mara Cohen Ioannides, Professor in the English Department at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO, is a Missouri Humanities Council Speaker. She also sits on the Education Committee of the State Holocaust Commission for Missouri. Dr. Cohen Ioannides will deliver a lecture entitled “How Did the Holocaust Happen? And How Can We Prevent It Happening Again”
Saturday, April 22, 2023 – 10:30am (Taneyhills Library)
Holocaust Survivor Erika Schwartz will again be giving her living testimony. Erika will recount the story of the murder of her entire family and how she was able to change her life from one of depression and anger to daily celebrations of gratitude and joy!
Antisemitism has escalated to levels greater than prior to Hitler’s Germany – and is now growing worldwide! In the climate of hatred throughout our Nation, and many nations of the world, education is the answer to combat hatred. Education of the history of these past failures of certain periods of that history are critical to alert our youth to the dangers of repeating those same mistakes of the past.
The Antisemitism Education Center of the Ozarks was created to begin to educate, not only to the youth in the schools, but to all the tourists that come to our fair city. It is the vision of the AECO to be able to place Holocaust educational materials where they will be available to our visitors so that they may help us in this educational process throughout the Nation by taking this message back to their own communities in an “each one teach one” concept.
The Branson Regional Arts Council was founded in 1965 as the “Taney Arts Council,” and officially established 501 (c)(3) non-profit status as “Branson Arts Council, Inc.” in 1993.
Our mission is “to create exceptional artistic, cultural and educational opportunities for our community.”
Financial support is provided by BRAC members, theatre patrons, private donors, as well as additional grant support from the Missouri Arts Council and other organizations.
BRAC, PO Box 2004, Branson, MO 65615