Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is New York’s contribution to the global responsibility to never forget. The mission of the Museum is to educate people of all ages and backgrounds about the broad tapestry of Jewish life in the 20th and 21st centuries—before, during, and after the Holocaust.
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Multiple perspectives on modern Jewish history, life, and culture are presented in the Museum’s unique Core Exhibition and award-winning special exhibitions. Acclaimed public programs, including discussions, films, plays, and concerts, highlight the richness of Jewish culture and ideas. The Museum is also home to National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene.

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12/11/2020
Light Up the Night: Latkes

Join the Young Friends of the Museum for a latke demonstration with Executive Chef of Lox Café David Teyf as part of our virtual #LightUpTheNight series for Hanukkah.

Deported to the Plaszów concentration camp, Helen Jonas faced almost certain death. Instead, she was chosen by Amon Göth...
12/08/2020

Deported to the Plaszów concentration camp, Helen Jonas faced almost certain death. Instead, she was chosen by Amon Göth—the camp’s notorious, brutal commandant—to be his servant. Become a witness to her story by listening to the latest episode of Those Who Were There: Voices From the Holocaust.
https://fortunoff.library.yale.edu/podcast/jonas/

Helen and both her sisters survived the war. They are pictured here in 1947. Photograph courtesy of Vivian Jonas Delman. #thosewhowerethere

12/08/2020

The Rumbula massacre took place on this day and November 30 in 1941, where 25,000 Jews were killed by Nazis. Next to the Babyn Yar massacre, this was the biggest two-day Holocaust atrocity until the death camps came about.

Tune into the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival  for a free screening and Q&A of “The Tattooed Torah”!Learn more and regi...
12/04/2020

Tune into the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival for a free screening and Q&A of “The Tattooed Torah”!

Learn more and register here:
https://lajfilmfest.org/

You know Helen Jonas’s story from the award-winning film “Schindler’s List.” Now, hear it in her own words as she shares...
12/03/2020

You know Helen Jonas’s story from the award-winning film “Schindler’s List.” Now, hear it in her own words as she shares her experience as Amon Goth’s maid in Plaszów and surviving with help from Oskar Schindler. Listen to story on the latest episode of "Those Who Were There: Voices from the Holocaust."
https://fortunoff.library.yale.edu/podcast/jonas/

Photograph courtesy of Vivian Jonas Delman.

The United States now faces unprecedented levels of hate crimes and domestic terror. Just months before their landmark C...
12/03/2020

The United States now faces unprecedented levels of hate crimes and domestic terror. Just months before their landmark Charlottesville lawsuit goes to trial -- seeking to bankrupt and dismantle the hate groups at the center of this violent movement -- leading litigator Roberta Kaplan and Integrity First for America Executive Director Amy Spitalnick will join Slate.com Senior Editor Dahlia Lithwick for a conversation about the fight against extremism in the year ahead. Join us for White Nationalism In 2021: Putting The Movement On Trial today at 7PM by registering here:
https://898a.blackbaudhosting.com/898a/tickets?tab=2&txobjid=9a4f14f3-77f1-4f58-96e7-1f71f0ffc997

Gift of Theodore Charak.

On this day in 1938, the first Kindertransport arrived in Great Britain carrying 200 unaccompanied children searching fo...
12/02/2020

On this day in 1938, the first Kindertransport arrived in Great Britain carrying 200 unaccompanied children searching for refuge from Nazi Germany.⠀

Pictured here is Hans Lopater, one of the approximately 10,000 children that were saved by the Kindertransport rescue efforts. This was the last photo of him taken in Vienna before he found safety in England.⠀

Gift of the Estates of Mavis and Hans Lopater

Born in the East Prussian city of Königsberg in 1922, Annelies Bernstein had a happy childhood. Her father was a respect...
12/01/2020

Born in the East Prussian city of Königsberg in 1922, Annelies Bernstein had a happy childhood. Her father was a respected banker, and the small Jewish community was economically comfortable. However, one year before Hitler’s election in 1933, Annelies’ happy life was shattered when her father was accused of financial irregularities and took his own life. Learn the story of how Annelies survived the Holocaust hidden in Berlin on our podcast, a co-production with Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies:
https://fortunoff.library.yale.edu/podcast/herz/

Pictured is Franz Bernstein, Annelies’s father. Photograph courtesy of Jeffrey Herz.

Roughly 20,000 European Jews fleeing Nazism in the 1930s and 40s found refuge in Shanghai, which did not require entry v...
12/01/2020

Roughly 20,000 European Jews fleeing Nazism in the 1930s and 40s found refuge in Shanghai, which did not require entry visas until August 1939.

You can learn about the journey of one of these refugees, Jerry Lindenstraus, on our blog:
https://mjhnyc.org/blog/the-life-of-a-german-jewish-refugee-in-shanghai/

And then join us today at 2PM for When The World Was Closed: Shanghai And The Jewish Refugees Of WWII. Learn more and register here:
https://mjhnyc.org/events/when-the-world-was-closed-shanghai-and-the-jewish-refugees-of-wwii/

Pictured here is a menurkey button from our collection. This turkey with menorah candles celebrates Thanksgivukkah, the ...
11/26/2020

Pictured here is a menurkey button from our collection. This turkey with menorah candles celebrates Thanksgivukkah, the unusual confluence of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving that occurred in November 2013. While this convergence won’t happen again until 2070, we hope this year’s Thanksgiving is healthy and safe.

Gift of Rachel H. Brumberg

11/25/2020
Pioneers: Remembering the First Jews in America

Jews emigrated to North America in the earliest days of the colonial era, long before American independence and before the great waves of immigration in the 19th and 20th centuries. These early Jewish settlers represented a wide diversity of backgrounds and experiences, and the rich communities they formed together in New York, Rhode Island, Georgia, and elsewhere became the foundation for close to 370 years of American Jewish life.

This special Thanksgiving program exploring the lives and communities of the earliest American Jews is presented by the Museum, American Friends of Beit Hatfutsot, and The Jewish Heritage Alliance.

Teenage Annelies Herz saw that fellow Jewish forced laborers were disappearing. So to survive in wartime Germany, she an...
11/24/2020

Teenage Annelies Herz saw that fellow Jewish forced laborers were disappearing. So to survive in wartime Germany, she and her twin sister went underground: they secured new identities and never stayed in one place for long. They are pictured here standing on the balcony of the first apartment they occupied after liberation. Listen to Annelies tell their story in her own words on our podcast, a co-production with the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies:
https://fortunoff.library.yale.edu/podcast/herz/

Gift of Annelies and Helmut Herz. 1084.89.

Join us Wednesday, December 2 for our Generation to Generation virtual event! We have an exciting evening planned, inclu...
11/23/2020
The Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

Join us Wednesday, December 2 for our Generation to Generation virtual event! We have an exciting evening planned, including appearances from Michael Zegen, the hosts of Unorthodox Podcast from Tablet Magazine, and Golem.

We hope to see you there! To register, visit mjhnyc.info/gen2gen

The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is New York’s contribution to the global responsibility to never forget.

11/23/2020
Pioneers: Remembering the First Jews in America

Jews emigrated to North America in the earliest days of the colonial era, long before American independence and before the great waves of immigration in the 19th and 20th centuries. These early Jewish settlers represented a wide diversity of backgrounds and experiences, and the rich communities they formed together in New York, Rhode Island, Georgia, and elsewhere became the foundation for close to 370 years of American Jewish life.

This special Thanksgiving program exploring the lives and communities of the earliest American Jews is presented by the Museum, American Friends of Beit Hatfutsot, and The Jewish Heritage Alliance.

11/20/2020

We are pleased to share with you a recording of last week's livestreamed concert with klezmer-rock band Golem.

Golem is a leading re-interpreter and innovator of Yiddish and Eastern European music, creating new songs and pushing tradition forward into new territory.

Founded by Annette Ezekiel Kogan in New York City, Golem is known for its theatrics and fearless wild energy, combined with a boundless love of tradition. They perform internationally and have released four albums including "Homesick Songs," "Fresh Off Boat," "Citizen Boris," and, most recently, the highly acclaimed album "Tanz." The band was featured live in the FX TV show "Louie," the Amazon TV show "Hunters," and Netflix’s show "Dash and Lily." As the Jewish Week says, Golem is “not your father’s klezmer band, unless of course your father was Sid Vicious.”

Teenage twin sisters Annelies and Marianne Bernstein survived the Holocaust by posing as non-Jews in Berlin — submerged ...
11/19/2020

Teenage twin sisters Annelies and Marianne Bernstein survived the Holocaust by posing as non-Jews in Berlin — submerged on the surface of everyday life, engaged in a constant struggle to evade the state surveillance apparatus of Nazi Germany.

Discover their story on our blog:
https://mjhnyc.org/blog/those-who-were-there-annelies-herz/

Post office identification card of Annelies Stein, issued September 7, 1943 in Berlin-Schoeneberg. Gift of Annelies and Helmut Herz. 393.89.

Congratulations to Musealia and Auschwitz Exhibition for winning the 2020 European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Award...
11/11/2020
European Commission and Europa Nostra announce Europe’s top heritage award winners 2020 - Europa Nostra

Congratulations to Musealia and Auschwitz Exhibition for winning the 2020 European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards for "Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away." We are honored to have this exhibit currently at the Museum.

Brussels / The Hague, 10 November 2020 (for other language versions of this Press Release see below) The winners of the 2020 European Heritage Awards / Europa…

11/11/2020

This #VeteransDay, we share with you a precious moment from one of last year's #StoriesSurvive Speaker Series.

11/10/2020

In the middle of the night on November 10, 1938, the Gestapo came to the home of Seligmann and Elsa Bamberger in Hamburg, Germany. It was Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, when anti-Jewish violence was unleashed by the Nazis in Germany, annexed Austria, and parts of Czechoslovakia. Almost 30,000 Jewish men were arrested that night and sent to concentration camps and almost 100 Jews were killed.

In Joseph Bamberger testimony, he describes where his father was when the Gestapo came looking for Seligmann, and the outcome of his father’s work on Kristallnacht.

On the 82nd anniversary of Kristallnacht, read about the bar mitzvah that carried generational significance:
11/10/2020
The last bar mitzvah before Kristallnacht

On the 82nd anniversary of Kristallnacht, read about the bar mitzvah that carried generational significance:

The rabbi's ominous sermon on my father's big day carried him through the pogrom, the camps, and then liberation: 'It doesn’t become daytime before it literally becomes night'

Holocaust survivor Ruth Zimbler donated this candelabra to the Museum in 2019. As a young girl, she endured Kristallnach...
11/09/2020
A Candelabra for Perseverance : Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

Holocaust survivor Ruth Zimbler donated this candelabra to the Museum in 2019. As a young girl, she endured Kristallnacht, escaped on the first Kindertransport out of Vienna, was reunited with her family in the Netherlands, and they made their way to New York in 1939. Her father crafted the candelabra for her mother as he taught himself metalwork in order to make a living in an English-speaking country.

You can learn more about Ruth’s story by reading our blog and registering for tomorrow’s Stories Survive program, where she will give an eyewitness account of #Kristallnacht, also known as the “Night of Broken Glass.”

By Sara Barber This candelabra has become a symbol of perseverance from Ruth Zimbler. She was born in 1928 as Ruth Mondschein, daughter to Markus Mondschein (1890-1961) and Helle “Hene” Mondschein (1896-1991). Ruth’s parents married in 1925 after meeting in Vienna. Her father worked as a mecha...

How does a hate symbol become a hate symbol? And what becomes of its legacy? Join Jewish Community Relations Council of ...
11/06/2020

How does a hate symbol become a hate symbol? And what becomes of its legacy?

Join Jewish Community Relations Council of New York and South Asian American Voice -SAAVOICE on Monday to explore these questions.

Register here:
bit.ly/JCRCNYSAAVOICE

We are sad to share the passing of Holocaust survivor Judy Meisel. We were honored to speak with her grandson, Ben Cohen...
11/05/2020
GENerally Speaking with Stephanie Butnick and Ben Cohen

We are sad to share the passing of Holocaust survivor Judy Meisel. We were honored to speak with her grandson, Ben Cohen, in our most recent GENerally Speaking public program.

We invite you to commemorate her life by watching with us:

What does it mean to be a third- or fourth-generation survivor? Is trauma transmitted through epigenetics, or inherited along with family stories and heirloo...

If Prue Leith from The Great British Bake Off thinks New York doesn’t have good babka, then she hasn’t tried ours! Next ...
11/02/2020

If Prue Leith from The Great British Bake Off thinks New York doesn’t have good babka, then she hasn’t tried ours! Next time you’re in the city, stop by Lox Cafe at the Museum to find out what you’re missing. Ann Curry said it was the best babka in the city.

Looking for a new book to read? Our new online bookstore carries titles from our recent and upcoming public programs. Ch...
10/30/2020
Books from Museum of Jewish Heritage Public Programs

Looking for a new book to read? Our new online bookstore carries titles from our recent and upcoming public programs. Check it out.

The is a collection of books featured in our recent public programs. You can see the video of the programs on the Museum's site or our YouTube channel.

10/29/2020
Strongmen from Mussolini to the Present - MJH Program Oct 7

What is the playbook used by authoritarians from Mussolini to the present day? What can we learn from the past? Ruth Ben-Ghiat in conversation with Jason Stanley.

Ruth Ben-Ghiat is the expert on the “strongman” playbook employed by authoritarian demagogues from Mussolini to Putin. In her upcoming book Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present, she explains the blueprint these leaders have followed over the past 100 years, and empowers us to recognize, resist, and prevent their disastrous rule in the future. She also tracks the use of anti-Jewish propaganda as a common element connecting Mussolini, Hitler, and some of today’s European strongmen. Jason Stanley is the author of How Fascism Works.

Both books are available on the Museum's online bookstore: https://bookshop.org/lists/books-from-museum-of-jewish-heritage-public-programs

10/29/2020
Strongmen from Mussolini to the Present - MJH Program Oct 7

What is the playbook used by authoritarians from Mussolini to the present day? What can we learn from the past? Ruth Ben-Ghiat in conversation with Jason Stanley.

Ruth Ben-Ghiat is the expert on the “strongman” playbook employed by authoritarian demagogues from Mussolini to Putin. In her upcoming book Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present, she explains the blueprint these leaders have followed over the past 100 years, and empowers us to recognize, resist, and prevent their disastrous rule in the future. She also tracks the use of anti-Jewish propaganda as a common element connecting Mussolini, Hitler, and some of today’s European strongmen. Jason Stanley is the author of How Fascism Works.

Both books are available on the Museum's online bookstore: https://bookshop.org/lists/books-from-museum-of-jewish-heritage-public-programs

Holocaust survivor and educator Sally Frishberg is the subject of the first episode of our new podcast, co-produced by t...
10/29/2020
'Those Who Were There' podcast features Brooklyn Holocaust survivor Sally Frishberg

Holocaust survivor and educator Sally Frishberg is the subject of the first episode of our new podcast, co-produced by the Fortunoff Video Archive. Read the feature by the Brooklyn Eagle. #ThoseWhoWereThere

Brooklyn high school teacher and Holocaust survivor Sally Engleberg Frishberg is the focus of the premiere episode of the second season of “Those Who Were There: Voices from the Holocaust,” the only podcast dedicated to sharing the history of the Holocaust through the first-hand testimonies of s...

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My film about amazing girl and woman from Bialystok who survived the Holocaust ...
Miracle Holocaust ‘baby’ Eva Clarke and I are so looking forward to seeing everyone at this amazing bookclub event tonight where we’ll be talking about Born Survivors. Register now to join us.
Not just Jews !
I found out about the Holocaust this year . I though the Holocaust happen because of politics , I know that the Jews were prosecuted cause of their believes , religion , or just cause their Jews .
The Devil and Mary Lease (Alan Singer on History News Network)
Jewish World Watch is hosting an event tonight at 5 p.m. (PST) that you may be interested in on addressing intergenerational trauma through holistic means. We will be discussing the Holocaust among other major topics. You can join by registering here:
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The Tattooed Man Tells All by Peter Wortsman. A film of the one man show about the Old Man, who is a survivor of Auschwitz. The story told to Mr. Wortsman in the 1970's come to life in this play. Silverthorne Theater of MA. A fund raiser. November 13th & 14th at 7:30 PM and 2:30 PM (EST) on the 14th. Online. Tickets: $10 silverthornetheater.org Due to very strong language this is not recommended for anyone under 16 years of age
"Magnified, sanctified ...." (in Aramaic: Yitgadal v’yitkadash) are part of the lyrics of You Want it Darker, the album released by Leonard Cohen in 2016. Cohen knew his death was near and included his own Kadish in the album's title song and invited a cantor and a synagogue choir to sing in it. Enjoy this and many more stories in "Rhythm and Jews", the five lectures course that explore two centuries of Jews' contributions to popular music, that will start next week, on Thursday November 5th. It includes jazz, rock, pop, Broadway musicals, etc.. It's part of the wide selection of online courses and lectures offered by Melton & More. For more information: https://cajeadultlearning.givecloud.co/product/Fall20RhythmAndJews/rhythm-and-jews-jews-in-american-popular-music
I am trying to locate the family of Mr. Walter Wagner, who lived in Magdeburg during WW2. I do not know more details about him and his wife . He saved my father in 1945 who was on the way to a mass grave from POLTE,fed him,gave him shelter, and treated his wounds, until the American soldiers arrived. He also saved the life of a Jewish lady and her daughter. I want to get in touch with his family and send a letter of recognition to "Yad Vashem". Please help me to make this gesture to an outstanding person. The municipality did not want to. Joseph Matzkel Givatayim Israel [email protected] +972525023311
it was an interesting webinar and i have learned some more about the Beilsky brothers.