CCM Lecture Series Welcomes Holocaust Survivor

Maud Dahme, Subject of a PBS Documentary, is the Guest Speaker of the Legacy Project – Posted 10/22/14



The Legacy Project at County College of Morris (CCM) will continue its series on genocide this academic year when Holocaust survivor Maud Dahme serves as guest speaker during the program’s second event of the Fall Semester.

The program takes place on Wednesday, November 12, at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Community Center, Davidson Rooms, on CCM’s Randolph campus, located at 214 Center Grove Road. The event takes place during the same week as the 76th anniversary of Kristallnacht, a series of coordinated attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and Austria.

Born in Amersfoort, The Netherlands, Dahme spent the entire German occupation of her native country in hiding with her sister. Together, with their parents, they immigrated to the United States in 1950, first settling in New York City. Currently a resident of Flemington, she has been a member of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education since 1982. She is also the subject of the PBS documentary “The Hidden Child” and is scheduled to receive the prestigious Unsung Hero Award at the New Jersey Hall of Fame ceremonies on Thursday, November 13, at the Asbury Park Convention Center.

“We are extremely proud to be able to host this program during such an important week for Maud Dahme,” said Professor Emily Birx, one of three co-chairs of the Legacy Project. “She is truly deserving of her New Jersey Hall of Fame recognition. It’s wonderful to be able to allow the CCM community to experience the impact she makes as a passionate advocate of Holocaust education.”

The Legacy Project will continue during the Spring Semester with more events on genocide and global conflict. In October, a large audience attended a powerful event featuring guest speaker Eugenie Mukeshimana, a survivor of the Rwanda genocide and founder of the Genocide Survivors Support Network.

The Legacy Project’s first program took place last December and focused on the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement. In April, a forum was held on women in the influential Beat Generation, a time period in American literary history that saw writers breaking from the pack and developing their own countercultural voices.

The Legacy Project is co-sponsored by the Bridging Cultures Initiative and Diversity Committee at CCM and is co-chaired by Professor Michelle Altieri, Communication; Birx, English and Philosophy; and Professor John Soltes, Communication.

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Photo: Holocaust survivor Maud Dahme will be the guest speaker at County College of Morris for its latest Legacy Project series lecture.