Kennesaw State University announces new World War II and Holocaust exhibitions

In fall 2006‚ Kennesaw State University will unveil two new exhibitions in partnership with the…

Georgia (Jun 2, 2006) — Kennesaw State University announces new World War II and Holocaust exhibitions

Karen Kennedy

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Contact: Frances Weyand Harrison‚ Director of University Relations‚ 770−423−6203 or fharris4@kennesaw.edu

In fall 2006‚ Kennesaw State University will unveil two new exhibitions in partnership with the Atlanta History Center. “Parallel Journeys: World War II and the Holocaust through the Eyes of Teens” and “V for Victory: Georgia Stories of World War II” will become part of the university’s long−term commitment to Holocaust education.

In November 2003‚ Kennesaw State‚ along with the Anne Frank Center in New York and the Georgia Holocaust Commission‚ opened “Anne Frank in the World‚ 1929−1945.”

“We have been so pleased with the community’s response to the Anne Frank exhibition during its three−year run and are now looking forward to presenting a second‚ more comprehensive exhibition on the entire wartime experience‚” says KSU President Betty Siegel. “No institution has offered an exhibition that focuses just on the teenage experience‚ so we are breaking new ground.”

Anne Frank is perhaps the most famous teenager in history. Her diary has been translated into 67 languages and is one of the most widely read books in the world. But her story alone does not document the complexity of the war. “Parallel Journeys” tells the stories of dozens of teenagers‚ not all of them heroic‚ who were witnesses‚ participants and often victims of this brutal conflict.

Elie Wiesel (Auschwitz survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner)‚ members of resistance group the White Rose‚ and Traudl Junge (Adolf Hitler’s secretary) will be included. Teens who survived the concentration camps‚ hid from the Nazis‚ led rescue efforts‚ served as soldiers‚ remained on the home front or aided individuals who were targets of Nazi oppression‚ such as the handicapped‚ Jehovah’s Witnesses and political prisoners‚ will finally have their stories told.

“V for Victory: Georgia Stories of World War II‚” an Atlanta History Center exhibition opening at the KSU Center in conjunction with “Parallel Journeys‚” will offer visitors an understanding of the war and its impact on this region.

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Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of 18‚500 from 132 countries. The third largest state university out of 35 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


 

A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu

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