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Steinmetz addresses attendees of her talk on campus Thursday.

Escaping Hitler’s Europe: Barbara Steinmetz Shares Her Refugee Story

At 5:00 pm today CU Boulder’s Holocaust Remembrance Week came to a close with guest speaker, Barbara Steinmetz sharing her story about escaping Nazi-occupied Europe and the Holocaust.

Steinmetz addressed a full room of family, friends, professors, students and community members as she told the story of her family’s escape.

She concluded her talk with three key takeaways listed on her powerpoint presentation, “Silence is the enemy. Indifference validates the perpetrator. Your actions, civility, behavior changes the narrative.”

Steinmetz said she doesn’t want her story to remain in the past.

“I share my story so you all can stand up to the insults and generalizations you hear today.”

The CU Holocaust Remembrance Week is hosted by CU Boulder Hillel.

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One comment

  1. Barbara Steinmetz

    Thank you Isaac Chestler for this nice review. I am so glad that what you highlighted the purpose of my telling the story about my family’s escape from Europe. It is essential that we remember we are not immune to being participants in stereotyping which leads to acts of dehumanization. That each of us must remain mindful of our own behavior and speak up when we see or know about unacceptable behavior towards others.