Pitzer College Hosts the Field of Flags to Memorialize Victims of the Holocaust

Claremont, Calif. (March 27, 2012) — Pitzer College will host the Field of Flags at the Claremont Colleges for the second year in a row to memorialize victims of the Holocaust on April 15-19 at the Stephen L. Glass Commencement Plaza. More than 8,500 handmade flags will fill the plaza, with each flag representing 1,000 people who were killed during the Holocaust.

Pitzer student Anna Goldberg ’12 and alumna Brianna Moffitt ’11 came up with the idea of creating a Field of Flags memorial in Claremont last year. More than 50 people from Pitzer and The Claremont Colleges have been involved in the preparation for this year’s art installation.

The small flags stand about six inches high and are in seven different colors, with each color representing one of the groups of people that was targeted during the Holocaust.

“The hope of the Field of Flags is to not only be a reminder of the Holocaust, but to show that genocide is a humanitarian issue, not specific to different groups,” Goldberg said. “The colors scattered together in a rainbow represent the importance of people coming together as one, not just in separate groups.”

The installation of the Field of Flags coincides with Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 19.

Members of the Claremont college community are invited to help plant the flags on Sunday April 15 at 10 a.m. Anyone interested in participating can register at https://fieldofflags.eventbrite.com/.

Goldberg is an organizational studies and dance major at Pitzer. Moffitt majored in psychology.

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