The Museum is hosting a HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE EVENT this year on Feb. 8 at 1:30 p.m. in the Grand Hall, entitled “Lest They Forget.” Events are taking place this year because of the 75 th anniversary of the liberation of the death camps. George Eidinger, retired teacher from Las Animas Schools, is the presenter.
George came to Las Animas fresh from graduating at Western State College in Gunnison and landed his first teaching job in 1968 teaching Social Studies and History. George began teaching the first year the old high school became a Middle School and he had the same classroom for 31 years until he retired in 1999. George raised his four children in Las Animas, Jennifer, Jackie, Sarah and Jason, and has refereed for many sports over the years and continues to do so today. The Historical Society has always appreciated George’s efforts for his many years of supporting the annual historical essay contest, and thanks to him, we have captured and filed many stories of Bent County History through the eyes of children. George came to America from the Netherlands on Nov. 15, 1954, with his mom, dad and sister. They missed coming through Ellis Island by three days, as it had closed permanently.
George’s father Bruno wrote a book, “Thank You America” which tells the story of their hardships in Europe during the 30’s and 40’s. The book is available for sale at the event. George will discuss the individual and collective rescue efforts for Jews and other groups during the holocaust. George has traveled all over the United States reminding Americans of the many faces of genocide and holocaust awareness. George has visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and has dedicated his life to helping us remember. Contact the Museum at 456-6066 for any questions about this event.
ROARING 20’S ITALIAN DINNER: Bent County Art Guild’s annual dinner will be held on Sunday, February 9 th , at 5:30 pm with a Roaring 20’s Murder Mystery Dinner and Italian food. Reservations required. Cost is $20 per person.
Contact Linda Bourne at 688-2508 for further details.