Lincroft, NJ – The Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Education (Chhange) presents two distinguished programs in the month of April, one in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day and one in honor of Armenian Genocide Remembrance.

The first program, to commemorate Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), features two speakers – author Suzanne Vromen, and Holocaust survivor Ruth Rosenfeld. Vromen, Professor Emeritus at Bard College and author of Hidden Children of the Holocaust: Belgian Nuns and their Daring Rescue of Young Jews from the Nazis, tells the stories of brave individuals who risked everything to protect innocent young strangers. Rosenfeld, of Interlaken, who was a very young child during the Holocaust, will tell her story of survival. She was rescued by a Polish Christian family and later adopted by the Banker family of Interlaken. Eventually, a surviving relative in Israel recognized Rosenfeld in a photograph of a group of Holocaust orphans and tracked her down.  The program will take place on Tuesday, April 8, 10am, at the Warner Student Life Center, Navesink rooms, and will also include a ceremony of remembrance featuring 14 local Holocaust survivors. Dr. Vromen will have a book signing following the remembrance program.

The second program features Chris Bohjalian, author of the New York Times bestselling novel, The Sandcastle Girls,  a sweeping historical love story, relives the Armenian Genocide which took place in Turkey nearly 100 years ago when 1.5 million Christian Armenians were killed in an extermination planned by the Ottoman government.  This event will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 7pm, at the Warner Student Life Center in the Navesink rooms. Bohjalian has written 15 books including the New York Times bestsellers, The Double Bind, The Night Strangers, Midwives, and Skeletons at the Feast.  Three of his novels have become movies. This program is jointly sponsored by the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education (Chhange) and Brookdale’s Visiting Writer’s Series.

Both programs are free of charge and the community is invited to attend.