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Centennial students build Holocaust Web site


A team of college students building a remarkable Web site was overwhelmed by the accounts contained in the John and Molly Pollock Holocaust Collection, a 1,000-document library of literature and propaganda from Nazi Germany, as well as memoirs authored by its victims. The site was prepared in advance of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, on April 29.

The new site (www.centennialcollege.ca/holocaust_pollock) offers visitors a powerful and disturbing sample of the collection, which is housed at Centennial College's Progress Campus. It provides excerpts from 10 of the key publications, and audio and video interviews with Holocaust survivors and the Pollocks themselves. There are also links to the Centennial curriculum that has grown from the collection.


This visually stunning site was put together by a team of five multimedia design students who have come to Canada from the four corners of the globe. The composition of the team underscored the importance of the collection in a multicultural society that has witnessed repeated acts of genocide around the world.

"The Holocaust is an issue for all of humanity. We wanted to share our collection with a community as diverse as the world we live in," says John Pollock, who, along with his wife, Molly, donated 1,000 titles to the college.

Centennial is recognized as one of the most culturally diverse post-secondary institutions in Canada, with almost 100 ethnocultural groups represented and 80 languages spoken on campus.

While the media students hail from various parts of the world -- Israel, Japan, Hungary, Romania and northern Canada -- their reaction to the material was universal. Merewyn Hines, Haruyo Asada, Yvette Farkas, Shahaff Idan and Victor Stan were already familiar with the Holocaust, but reading original hate propaganda and personal memoirs was sometimes too much to bear.

"It wasn't unusual to have a meeting where someone would cry, or someone would get really angry, or refuse to look at something," says team leader Merewyn Hines. "Der Giftpilz (The Poisonous Mushroom, a Nazi, anti-Semitic children's book) was given to young children by the Nazis. It angered a lot of us because of how unfair, inaccurate and hurtful it was, and because of the obvious impact it, and other books like it, had on German youth."

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A new residence at Lambton College will be available for students this September.

Lambton College is purchasing the Euro-Can Hotels complex located adjacent to the Lambton College main campus. This will provide the school with additional residence capacity for students arriving in September.

The purchase of the Euro-Can Hotels complex includes 10 acres of land and two buildings, in addition to the hotel. For the 2003/2004 academic year, a portion of the hotel will be converted into a residence operated by Lambton College.

The remainder of the complex will continue to operate as a public hotel, managed under contract by the previous owner, Euro-Can Hotels Inc. Euro-Can Hotels Inc. will also continue to operate Don Cherry's Grill along with the banquet facilities of the hotel, under lease from the College.

"This arrangement will allow the college to provide additional residence facilities, which are in great demand, a year earlier than originally planned," said Tony Hanlon, Lambton College president. "Owning these facilities will also allow us to expand our hospitality and tourism management program. As well, we will have additional land available for future development, all at a cost savings over the new-construction option."

The new residence will be designed to accommodate more than 100 students this fall, with room for expansion in the future. The students will enjoy modern facilities such as high-speed Internet, common areas, private four-piece washroom, cable television, in-room telephone service, and access to the swimming pool. It is conveniently located just steps away from Lambton College, Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Center, Lambton Mall and Famous Players 9 Cinemas.


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