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Litany of Martyrs March 2-4

February 25, 2010

Colorado State University will hold a Litany of Martyrs, March 2-4, in the Sunken Lounge of the Lory Student Center. Some of the names of WWII Holocaust victims will be read during this 12-hour-event that spans three days.

Memorial at Belzec Death Camp in Poland.

March 2-4
10 a.m.-2 p.m. each day
Lory Student Center
Sunken Lounge

In connection with CSU's Holocaust & Genocide Awareness Week, the Hillel Chapter at CSU and Holocaust Awareness at CSU will hold Litany of Martyrs, Tuesday, March 2  - Thursday, March 4. 

Each day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., volunteers will read from a compiled list of names of those who perished during the Holocaust.

Reading names

If you would like to help with the reading of names, please come by the Sunken Lounge in the Lory Student Center March 2-4 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and let an organizer know that you are there to read names.

You may also sign up on Holocaust Awareness at CSU on the event page. Community members are welcome to read from the list of names.

Holocaust Awareness at CSU group

The Holocaust Awareness at CSU group helps bring awareness to students about the WWII Holocaust and current genocides around the world.

During WWII's Holocaust, it's estimated that:

  • Ninety-one percent of the Jewish population of Poland were killed -- 3 million out of 3,300,000
  • Seventy-four percent of the Jewish population of Hungary, 596,000 people, were killed
  • Twenty-two percent, or 77,320 French Jews were killed

In all, almost 6 million individuals were lost in the genocide that took place. (

'Never Forget'

During the WWII Holocaust, there were forced sterilizations and abortions. Jews were excluded from the arts, prohibited from owning land, denied national health insurance, banned from professional occupations, expelled from schools, given curfews, deported, forced into labor, arrested, confined in concentration camps, killed and buried in mass graves.

Contact: Ashely Lauwereins