"Mexico…A Legacy of Refuge for Jewish Immigrants," by Enrique Chmelnik, is the focus of presentation on Friday, Nov. 11 from noon to 1 p.m. in Zimmerman Library's Waters Room. This event is free and open to the public.

Chmelnik, deputy director for the Memory and Tolerance Museum in Mexico City, discusses Mexico's open door policy for Jews fleeing from the Ottoman Empire and Nazi persecutions in Europe. The Memory and Tolerance Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to transmitting the importance of tolerance and diversity to broad audiences, and to creating awareness through historical memory.

The presentation is a part of ¡Celebrate! The Jewish Experience in Spanish-Speaking Countries. Organized by the Anti-Defamation League, ¡Celebrate!, Nov. 9-16, is a week of film, music, lectures and exhibits highlighting the history and contemporary journey of Jewish people after their expulsion from Spain in 1492.

Chmelnik's presentation, organized by the ADL, received support from the Mexican Consulate and the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute.

Light refreshments will be served.

Media Contact: Carolyn Gonzales (505) 277-5920; e-mail: cgonzal@unm.edu