Tolerance Week is slated for April 16-20, 2012. This is the seventh year the Gerald L. and Kathleen A. Weiner Foundation has sponsored the events of Tolerance Week. All events are free and open to the public.
All Week Auschwitz survivor Philip Gans will return to Sioux City to speak to area students. Since 2005, Mr. Gans has spoken to more than 20,000 area students and adults. He was named Siouxland’s Official Holocaust Educator by Mayor Mike Hobart in 2010.
All Week The photographs of Sioux City native Vernon Tott witnessing the liberation of the concentration camp at Ahlem, Germany will be on display in the Morningside College Hickman Johnson Furrow Learning Center (library) on the campus of Morningside College.
Monday On Monday, April 16 at 6:00pm, the Sioux City Conservatory of Music at 1309 Pierce St. will host an evening of poetry and music with a tolerance theme.
Tuesday Eighth grade students from Sioux City schools will attend a screening of Nicky’s Family at the Orpheum Theatre on Tuesday, April 17 at 9:30 am.
Dave Lux, a member of Nicky’s Family who appears in the film will speak and answer questions at Western Iowa Tech as part of the Lifelong Learning Institute at 11:00 in Room L-213 in the Advanced Science Building on the campus of Western Iowa Tech. Lot 3, Entrance 11 is the most convenient.
A showing of the award winning documentary, Nicky’s Family will take place on Tuesday, April 17th at 7:30 pm at the Sioux City Orpheum Theatre. Following the film, Dave Lux, a member of Nicky’s Family who appears in the film will speak briefly and answer questions. Admission is free and open to the public.
Wednesday The short documentary In the Shadow of the Acropolis will be shown at 7:00 pm in the UPS Auditorium in the Lincoln Center building at 3627 Peters Avenue on the Morningside College campus.
Thursday Briar Cliff Art Department Chair Nan Wilson will present an encore presentation of the 2011 Tolerance Week program in the Assisi room in the Stark Student Center on the campus of Briar Cliff University at 4:00pm on April 19. The program will include a presentation of the Czechoslovakian concentration camp, Terezin; recorded music created from within Terezin; artwork and poetry of the children imprisoned at Terezin from the book, I Never Saw Another Butterfly edited by Hana Volavkova.
Friday Congregation Beth Shalom will conduct Shabbat and Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance) services on Friday, April 20th at 6:30pm. The public is invited to attend.
Nicky's Family tells the nearly forgotten story of Nicholas Winton, an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II. Winton, now 103 years old, did not speak about these events with anyone for more than half a century. His actions would have probably been forgotten if his wife, fifty years later, had not found a suitcase in the attic, full of documents and transport plans.
Dozens of Winton's "children" have been found and to this day his family has grown to almost 6,000 people, many of whom have gone on to achieve great things themselves. It is incredible that all these people live due to the heroic deeds of one man – Sir Nicholas Winton. Producers Matej Minac and Patrik Pass set out to ensure these fascinating, little-known stories and precious facts about the rescue mission are not lost to time. They wanted also to show the unique phenomenon that has emerged from Winton's story, how his courageous acts many years ago continue to influence people from all over the world and motivate them to do good.