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Annual Holocaust Remembrance program explores four tragedies

April 16, 2012

Newburgh, NY -

Jacqueline MurekateteJacqueline Murekatete (right), a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, is the keynote speaker during Holocaust Remembrance Day at Mount Saint Mary College, Sunday April 22 at 2 pm.

The free public event will be held in Hudson Hall Auditorium on campus, 330 Powell Avenue, Newburgh, NY.

“The Last Survivor,” an award winning 45 minute documentary about survivors of four mass atrocities – the Holocaust, Rwanda, Darfur, and Congo -- will also be shown.

Murekatete, the sole survivor of her immediate and extended family, was nine years old at the time of the massacres in Rwanda. She is now a program director with Miracle Corners of the World, a non-profit organization founded in 1999 with the vision: "Local Change through Global Exchange." MCW’s mission is to empower youth to become positive agents of change in their communities.

The program is sponsored by the Newburgh Jewish Community Center, Temple Beth Jacob, Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County and Mount Saint Mary College’s philosophy and religious studies department.

For information, contact the Newburgh Jewish Community Center at 845-561-6602 or Sr. Peggy Murphy, OP, associate professor of religious studies at the Mount, at 845-569-3158.