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Tolerance Week events planned for Siouxland

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Sioux City, Iowa (SUBMITTED) - It's Tolerance Week and Jerry Weiner from the Weiner Foundation shared a week's worth of events with KTIV News 4.

The 9th annual Tolerance Week is slated for Monday, April 28th through Friday, May 2nd. The events are hosted by Kathy and Jerry Weiner and coordinated by G.R. Lindblade & Co. Tolerance Week partners include the Sioux City Orpheum Theatre, the Sioux City Conservatory of Music, the Sioux City Public Museum, Briar Cliff University, Morningside College, Western Iowa Tech Community College and the WITCC Lifelong Learning Institute, the Sioux City Art Center, the Sioux City Symphony, Congregation Beth Shalom and the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

Students from area middle and high schools are participating in the 2014 Tolerance Week Essay and Art Contest. This year's theme for the art and essay contests is "Imagine a world with more tolerance." Winners will be announced on April 30th.

Monday, April 28, 6 pm - WITCC Lifelong Learning Cargill Auditorium - showing of the award winning documentary Ahead of Time, the story of the extraordinary journalist and photographer Ruth Gruber with a discussion to follow.

Born in Brooklyn in 1911, Ruth Gruber became the youngest PhD in the world before going on to become an international foreign correspondent and photojournalist at age 24. She emerged as the eyes and conscience of the world. With her love of adventure, fearlessness and powerful intellect, Ruth defied tradition in an extraordinary career that has spanned more than seven decades.

The first journalist to enter the Soviet Arctic in 1935, Ruth also traveled to Alaska as a member of the Roosevelt administration in 1942, escorted Holocaust refugees to America in 1944, covered the Nuremberg trials in 1946 and documented the Haganah ship Exodus in 1947. Her relationships with world leaders including Eleanor Roosevelt, President Harry Truman, and David Ben Gurion gave her unique access and insight into the modern history of the Jewish people.

Tuesday, April 29, 6:30 pm - Sioux City Public Museum reception for the poster exhibit "Denmark October 1943: Rescue of the Danish Jews," a series of framed posters tells the story of the Nazi occupation of Denmark during World War II, the increasing threat to Jewish citizens, and the efforts of thousands of Danes to bring their Jewish neighbors to safety in Sweden.

Occupied from 1940 to 1945, Denmark was one of the first to fall victim to the aggressions of Nazi Germany. However, the country was remarkably successful in protecting its Jewish population from the worst aspects of the Nazi campaign to exterminate European Jews. The Danish government managed to prevent large-scale deportations of its Jewish citizens until a wave of general strikes protesting the harsh German occupation led to the declaration of martial law in August 1943 and the effective end of Danish self-rule. In the face of the Nazi crackdown, thousands of Danish citizens helped hide their Jewish countrymen and eventually aided the escape of Danish Jews to neutral Sweden between late-September and early-November 1943. Those who could not escape were eventually rounded up and sent to a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. However, Danish officials and citizens continued to send aid to the Jewish prisoners and worked hard to prevent their transfer to death camps like Auschwitz. At the war's end, Danish Jews accounted for only 116 of the more than six million European Jews that died as a result of the Nazi Holocaust.

The exhibit, consisting of 36 text panels featuring photographs, maps and illustrations, is on loan from the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa. One of the more memorable images shows Danish citizens ferrying Danish Jews by boat to safety in Sweden.

Wednesday, April 30, 9:30 am - Area 8th graders will attend a screening of "Nicky's Family" at the Sioux City Orpheum Theatre.

In 1939, Sir Nicholas Winton personally and by his own initiative saved the lives of 669 children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia and brought them across Hitlers Germany to Britain. For nearly 50 years, he kept secret how he rescued these children, not even his wife knew anything about it. The story only emerged in 1988 when the BBC broadcast a thrilling show about the first meeting of approximately one hundred of the rescued children with their secret rescuer about whom they had known nothing for 50 years.

The film features dramatic reenactments and never before seen archival footage as well as interviews with a number of rescued children, Sir Nicholas Winton himself, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Nobel Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel. Nicholas Winton´s fascinating story, even 70 years after the events, continues to inspire people to make this world a better place.

Wednesday, April 30, 7:30 pm - A live musical and audiovisual event presented by Ryan Haskins, Conductor of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra on the stage at the Orpheum Theatre. The performance will feature music, artwork and readings of the holocaust. As always, the event is free and open to the public. "RISE is a powerful journey of live music, art and motion pictures inspired by the Holocaust," noted Haskins. "Audience members will take a journey on Wednesday evening ... a journey through music, letters, art work, poems, and memories." The goal, he added, is to honor and preserve the memory of the people, music, composers and artists that were held behind the walls of the concentration camps. The Symphony is so honored to be a part of Tolerance Week," noted Haskins. "This valuable exploration plays an important role in the education of not only Sioux City but certainly the entire Siouxland area."

Thursday, May 1, 6 pm - Sioux City Conservatory of Music, Fighting the Fires of Hate, which examines the 1933 Nazi book burnings will be presented by students. The event begins at 6:00 and is free and open to the public.

ALL WEEK - Auschwitz Survivor and Holocaust Educator Philip Gans will be speaking to middle and high school students in Sioux City, Storm Lake, Dunlap, Akron, Vermillion and Hinton.

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