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Chess and The Holocaust

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Project ended on January 01, at 12:00 AM CST
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Telling the story of Chess and the Holocaust

UT Dallas Chess Team
Two world-class UT Dallas organizations, the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies and the Chess Program are partnering to tell the story of chess and the Holocaust.

Whether it be the discovery of chess pieces used by concentration camp prisoners or the tragic story of Grandmaster Miguel Najdorf, originally of Poland, whose family was killed by the Nazis while he was overseas at a chess tournament in Argentina, there is much to tell and much to learn.

Miguel Najdorf
In the spirit of this partnership, these organizations will invite an expert in the unique intersection of chess and the Holocaust to give a lecture on campus in spring 2024, and we are seeking funds to do so in the amount of $10,000. 

Your gift today will help fund the following:

• Speaker fee

• Speaker flight and hotel

• Reception for the public after lecture

• Marketing for public audiences including Texas Jewish Post and social media ads

In addition to this initial event, your donation will help establish an opportunity fund that can support further projects, such as lectures, archives and other educational initiatives, aimed at revealing the historical intersections of chess and the Holocaust. Your contribution can make a real difference in promoting understanding and preserving history for a brighter future for the UT Dallas campus and North Texas. All donations to this fund up to $10,000 will be matched by generous donors.

You can learn more about the UT Dallas Chess Team here and the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies here.