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Duquesne’s Human Rights Film Series Concludes with ‘Memory’

To close its 2012 Human Rights Film Series, Duquesne University's own Dr. Dennis Woytek, assistant professor of journalism and multimedia arts, will premiere his documentary, Memory: A Holocaust Survivor's Story at 7 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom on campus. The screening is free and open to the public.

Memory tells the story of Howard Chandler, an 83-year-old Holocaust survivor who returns to his home village in Poland and visits the concentration camps where he was imprisoned during World War II. Chandler was only 14 when he was forced into slave labor after the Nazis invaded Poland. He was later sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau, a concentration camp where nearly three million people lost their lives.

Woytek traveled to Poland with Chandler in 2011. Reflecting on the experience, Woytek said, "Our goal as a documentary film crew was to...record Howard Chandler as he again walked in his footsteps that brought so much sadness more than 67 years ago."

With help from Jessica Blank, a senior digital media arts major at Duquesne, Woytek edited more than 4,600 still photos and 26 hours of video footage to provide this first-hand information on the Holocaust, the mood of the era and Poland's culture and people.

To further explore the film, Woytek will lead a discussion after the screening along with Dr. Alan Rosen, noted Holocaust scholar and author of The Wonder of Their Voices: The 1946 Holocaust Interviews of David Boder.

The Human Rights Film Series is presented by the Duquesne University Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. For more information, call 412.396.6415.

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