BG reflects on Nazi evils

Women’s chorus members standing promptly in rows, and audience members patiently waiting, all gather for a reflection on the events exhibited in the Holocaust and Darfur.

The presentation of “Children’s Voices: From the Holocaust to Darfur” began at 6 p.m. last evening in the Union.

The evening proceeded with the University’s Women’s chorus, dressed in black, filing into the theatre. The drama department read poems that were written by imprisoned children in concentration camps during the Holocaust. Then, accompanied by a clarinet, the chorus began to sing their rendition of the previously stated poems.

Following the chorus, the BGSU drama club read from Anne Frank’s diary. During her time in hiding, Frank wrote personal events into a diary. However, the diary only shares events from Frank’s “secret” life through 1944. At this point, the family was discovered and transported to Auschwitz

Although Frank’s diary explains a great deal of her life, Bernard Elias was on hand to elaborate more on Frank’s life and the foundation that was created in her name.

Elias, is the president of the Anne Frank Foundation. Along with the presentation about Frank, the issue concerning Darfur’s genocides was also addressed.

A film entitled The Diaries of Darfur was displayed on the theatre’s large, white screen. During the film, several residents of Darfur, known as the Sundanese, were interviewed.

“They killed them. They killed all of my brothers,” said a young boy when asked about the Janjaweed’s rampages.

The “Janjaweed’s” are an Arab militia intent on killing only the black Sundanese.

“Girls are being raped – it doesn’t matter what age they are – young, old, mothers, or children,” said a Sundanese woman.