College to honor Doris and Kurt Moses April 30

April 28, 2009

For their lifelong dedication to Holocaust education and Jewish studies, Penn State Harrisburg is honoring Harrisburg residents Doris and Kurt Moses at a tribute dinner April 30 at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Harrisburg.

A longtime supporter of Penn State Harrisburg’s initiatives in Holocaust and Jewish studies, Kurt Moses is a Holocaust survivor from the Netherlands who has shared his story in "Home at Last: an Auschwitz Survivor." An acclaimed speaker and lecturer to students, teachers, and civic leaders, he was instrumental in instituting Harrisburg’s Holocaust Memorial and an annual Kristallnacht commemoration in the Jewish community. Doris Moses is an artist and frequent volunteer in Jewish community programming.

Tickets for the 6:30 p.m. reception and 7 p.m. kosher tribute dinner are $90 per person and are available by phoning (717) 948-6715. Proceeds from the event will support the Center for Holocaust and Jewish Studies at Penn State Harrisburg, working to bring people from the midstate and the University together in a common interest of remembering and teaching the Holocaust and Jewish studies.

Through generous public support and involvement, the center extends its resources, expertise, and facilities to bring Holocaust and Jewish studies to audiences ranging from school students and their teachers to college students and researchers to the community at large. The Schwab Family Holocaust Reading Room, made possible through a gift to the college from Linda and the late Morris Schwab, serves as the center’s focal point. The effort has also received substantial support from Nancy and Irwin Aronson who established a permanent endowment to support Holocaust education.

The program will feature a presentation by Jackson J. Spielvogel, associate professor emeritus at the University Park campus and creator of the Holocaust courses for the University. Spielvogel has been a great influence on the study of world history, including the Holocaust. Many of his contributions include the development of Western civilization courses and a very popular course on Nazi Germany at Penn State.

The recipient of many honors, he held the Penn State Teaching Fellowship in 1988-89, and earned the Warnock Award for Outstanding Faculty Member in 1996 and the Schreyer Honors College Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000.

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