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Mount Vernon Unitarians Commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Week

Three free activities next weekend — a tour, a film, and a lecture — sponsored by the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church in Alexandria will commemorate Holocaust remembrance week, April 7 -14. The theme for the 2013 observance is “Never Again: Heeding the Warning.”

A Saturday morning tour of the Holocaust Museum and a Monday evening lecture at the church will be given by Dr. Daniel L. Cohen, an MVUC member, a docent for executive tours at the Museum, a medical doctor, and senior partner with Martin, Blanck & Associates a health care consulting firm in Alexandria.

Cohen has given presentations on Nazi eugenics programs at universities on both sides of the Atlantic and to the Academy of Medicine of Washington, D.C. He will speak on the Nazi eugenics/racial hygiene (Rassenhygiene) programs.

On Sunday, April 7, the Rev. Kate Walker will screen the film “The Two That Dared: The Sharps War,” the story of a Unitarian minister and his wife who, just days prior to the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia, left their young children in Wellesley, Mass. to help save thousands being persecuted in Eastern Europe.

The Saturday April 6 museum tour is limited to 15 people. For a reservation or information, contact Georgia Pourchot, 703-721-0595 or gpourchot@yahoo.com.

The film will be shown at 7 - 9 p.m. on Sunday April 7, in the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church Chapel, 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria. Cohen’s talk is 7-9 p.m., Monday April 8, in the Chapel.