Holocaust Commemoration Service

Holocaust Commemoration Service:
March 24th @3:30pm

Samuel Lutheran Church: Corner of 8th and Muskegon Avenue

Refugee & Resistance

Guest presenter: Guy Stern

Guy Stern was born in Hildesheim, Germany in 1922. He was 11 years old when Hitler came to power and 13 years old as the world began closing in on him and all the Jews of Germany because of the Nuremburg Laws. Slowly the Jews of Germany were being separated out of German society and pushed to emigrate. His parents worked to get him papers to immigrate to the United States. On October 27, 1937 Guy boarded a ship and sailed to America. After being rejected by the Navy for duty because he was not born in America, he was sent with other boys to Kansas. That was the beginning of the journey to Fort Richie, Maryland and then back to Europe for Naval Intelligence.

March 25  6:30 p.m. Spring Lake District Library

123 E. Exchange St.
Spring Lake, MI 49456
(616) 846-5770

Holiday Bread Time!

Holiday Breads 2018

A fund-raising event to support the (CHGS) Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies-Muskegon

Our mission: diffuse hate and encourage diversity through commemoration and education and reflection using the Holocaust and other genocides as a lens through which to reflect, learn and think critically and apply lessons learned from the Holocaust and genocide and personal strength.

Holiday Breads has been the primary means to raise funds for the programs of the CHGS. The Center’s roots go back to 1995 when a Holocaust Commemoration was first held in Muskegon at Samuel Lutheran Church. Since then we have brought scholars, survivors, teachers, workshop leaders to Muskegon to help educate and raise awareness of race and bigotry.

How do I order bread?

  1. There three ways
  2. You may go to our website and down load the order form and send it to the email
    address provided.
  3. You may send your order by email using an order form secured through your
    faith community or requested by phone or email, or in an email – list the breads
    and amounts you want.
  4. You may order by phone leaving your name and phone number and order.

You will receive a confirmation of your order. You will need to select a date for pick up on the order form. If you live closer to First Baptist Church on Quarterline Road you may call the church or indicate on the order form that you will pick it up at First Baptist rather than the regular pick up place at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church at Norton Avenue and Roosevelt Road.

Where are the breads baked?

All breads are baked at the fully licensed kitchen at First Baptist Church who has graciously offered their facility for this event. If you do not order you can buy the extra breads we always bake and have on hand on pick up days.

PDF: What are 2018’s Holiday Bread offerings

PDF: Order Form 2018

PDF: Info for mailing – Addresses and Pickup Dates/Times

A program marking the 50th year since KRISTALNACHT

Presenter: Christine Derdarian

Date:  November 14, 2018

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Place: Sturrus Technology Center

388 W Clay Ave, Muskegon, MI

What is the Armenian Genocide? The deportations, mass killing, and forced conformity and acceptance of Islamic culture by Armenians in the late Ottoman Empire constitute a genocide under the cover of World War One. The German and Ottoman Empires and the Austro-Hungarian Empire were allied against the British and Russian Empire, France, Italy and eventually the United States. The tragic killings of 1915-1916 were ordered and carried out by the Young Turks and their Kurdish allies out of fear that the Russians would turn the large minority population of Armenian Christians – and Greek Christians – against the Ottoman Empire.

Our speaker for November 14th at the Sturrus Center @ 6:30pm Christine Derdarian is a highly effective executive and attorney with extensive experience in governance and compliance issues, government relations and operations and regulatory concerns; health professional licensing; labor law;administrative law; federal and state litigation, as well as serving as legal counsel and special advisor to the past Governor of Michigan and several other state officials. Sheis a frequent public speaker on leadership and governance issues. Her mother, Mae, was a survivor of the Armenian genocide and wrote her testimony and published a book, “Vergeen”.