Holocaust Center Partners with Bankole Thompson for Special Broadcast

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Farmington Hills, MI JULY 28 – The Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, MI is partnering with renowned journalist and author Bankole Thompson, columnist at the Detroit News and host of the weekly Thursday public affairs show “Redline with Bankole Thompson,” on WDET-101.9FM (Detroit Public Radio) for a special broadcast on the importance of the Holocaust in the context of social change.

“How Far Has America Come Since the Holocaust?” is the topic of a special edition of “Redline with Bankole Thompson,” on WDET, which will broadcast live on August 6, 11am-12noon. The broadcast is the first of its kind in the region to feature a roundtable of Holocaust survivors including Dr. Guy Stern, Director of the Harry and Wanda Zekelman Institute of the Righteous at the Holocaust Memorial Center and Stephen Goldman, Executive Director of the Center, discussing the many dimensions of the Holocaust and the Southeast Michigan experience.

“I believe it is important to talk about how far we have come as a nation since the Holocaust given all that is taking place as it relates to racism and bigotry,” Thompson said. “That is why I thought it is important to engage the Holocaust Center in this dialogue and to dedicate the entire hour of Redline for this conversation. The goal is to engage listeners and metro Detroiters in deeper issues that are topical and resonate strongly in our present day reality.”

Stephen Goldman, Holocaust Memorial Center Executive Director said, “This is a topic of high importance especially considering the situations involving genocide throughout the world today. Holocaust survivors are in a unique position to comment on their feelings about what it means to be a stranger in a strange land through no choice on their part. It has been said that those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it. The Holocaust survivors’ plea of “NEVER AGAIN” seems to have been transformed into “Again and Again.”

Dr. Guy Stern underscored the importance of the upcoming broadcast. “Through the efforts of people of goodwill, regardless of background, the memory of the Holocaust has been kept alive throughout the years since its occurrence. By invoking this memory, responsible leaders have been able to hold it up as a warning against its reemergence in various parts of the world. While this warning has often not been heeded, the force of that argument has stayed intact and has occasionally prevented or shortened other genocides and, one hopes, will continue to do so,” Stern said.

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