DAVIDSON – Davidson College Professor Thomas Pegelow Kaplan will serve as keynote speaker at Beth Shalom of Lake Norman’s fourth annual Yom Hashoah observance on May 5.
Yom Hashoah is the day set aside to honor the 6 million Jews lost in the Holocaust, and the congregation invites the community to the free program at 6:30 p.m. at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane.
Kaplan teaches courses on Holocaust and genocide studies, as well as other subjects, at Davidson. His research focuses on violence, mass media and “constructions of selfhood” in Nazi and postwar Germany and linguistic histories of comparative genocide in the modern world. His book “The Language of Nazi Genocide: Linguistic Violence and the Struggle of Germans of Jewish Ancestry” was published in 2009.
Father David Buck of St. Alban’s and Rabbi Corey Helfand of Beth Shalom of Lake Norman also will speak during the observance, and Beth Shalom religious school students will participate in the program.
Find more information at Beth Shalom’s website, www.bslkn.org.