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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Today and every day, we remember the lives lost during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In November 2001, Foun...
09/11/2021

Today and every day, we remember the lives lost during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In November 2001, Founding Museum Director Dr. David Altshuler recounted that day in Hadassah Magazine. As you reflect and remember, we invite you to read the article at: https://bit.ly/3jXp36W

Photo credit: Peter Goldberg

Today and every day, we remember the lives lost during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In November 2001, Founding Museum Director Dr. David Altshuler recounted that day in Hadassah Magazine. As you reflect and remember, we invite you to read the article at: https://bit.ly/3jXp36W

Photo credit: Peter Goldberg

Jews have lived in Porto since the 12th century. At that time, they were an active part of medieval business and civic l...
09/09/2021

Jews have lived in Porto since the 12th century. At that time, they were an active part of medieval business and civic life in the city until the Inquisition forced many Jews into conversion or expulsion. Five hundred years later, Porto's Jewish community has experienced a revival.

During our next virtual walking tour, Sara will take us through the ancient Jewish neighborhoods of Porto and teach us about the city's Jewish history and heritage. Reserve your spot now at the link below.

https://mjhnyc.info/virtualtravel

Jews have lived in Porto since the 12th century. At that time, they were an active part of medieval business and civic life in the city until the Inquisition forced many Jews into conversion or expulsion. Five hundred years later, Porto's Jewish community has experienced a revival.

During our next virtual walking tour, Sara will take us through the ancient Jewish neighborhoods of Porto and teach us about the city's Jewish history and heritage. Reserve your spot now at the link below.

https://mjhnyc.info/virtualtravel

On #LaborDay, we remember Rose Schneiderman, a labor activist who spent almost 50 years fighting for the rights of women...
09/06/2021

On #LaborDay, we remember Rose Schneiderman, a labor activist who spent almost 50 years fighting for the rights of women workers. Schneiderman, a Polish immigrant, was forced to quit school at 13 to work. The injustices she faced while working in retail and the garment industry inspired her to fight for social justice.

Our Collection includes this Women of Valor poster on Rose Schneiderman. Gift of Ma'yan: The Jewish Women's Project at the JCC in Manhattan. 1999.A.312.

Read her story at: https://bit.ly/3tn82Xc

On #LaborDay, we remember Rose Schneiderman, a labor activist who spent almost 50 years fighting for the rights of women workers. Schneiderman, a Polish immigrant, was forced to quit school at 13 to work. The injustices she faced while working in retail and the garment industry inspired her to fight for social justice.

Our Collection includes this Women of Valor poster on Rose Schneiderman. Gift of Ma'yan: The Jewish Women's Project at the JCC in Manhattan. 1999.A.312.

Read her story at: https://bit.ly/3tn82Xc

For decades, Rachael Cerrotti retraced her grandmother’s Holocaust survival story. Along the way, she discovered how ret...
09/05/2021
"We Share the Same Sky" Book Launch

For decades, Rachael Cerrotti retraced her grandmother’s Holocaust survival story. Along the way, she discovered how retelling family stories can become the history itself. She recounts the journey in her new memoir "We Share The Same Sky: A Memoir of Memory & Migration."

Join us for the #BookLaunch on Thursday.
https://bit.ly/3gXEKcr

We Share the Same Sky: A Memoir of Memory & Migration documents Rachael Cerrotti’s decade-long journey to retrace her grandmother’s Holocaust survival story. The new memoir, scheduled for release in August 2021, explores the pursuit of memory and how the retelling of family stories becomes the h...

We'd like to wish a happy birthday to Maximilian Lerner, author and a member of our Speakers Bureau! Maximilian was born...
09/04/2021
Stories Survive Speaker Series: Maximilian Lerner

We'd like to wish a happy birthday to Maximilian Lerner, author and a member of our Speakers Bureau!

Maximilian was born in Vienna in 1924. After the Germans occupied Austria in 1938, they expelled all of the Jewish students from his school and made them clean the sidewalks. His family fled to Paris soon after, and they immigrated to New York in 1941. He joined the U.S. military and went back to Europe as an American soldier in March of 1944.

He shared his story and experience in the military during one of our Stories Survive programs. https://bit.ly/3zH4otl

In commemoration of Victory in Europe Day, Maximilian Lerner shared his eyewitness account of military service in Europe during World War II.

Shana Tova to all who celebrate! 🍯🍎 We wish you and your loved ones a healthy and peaceful New Year.
09/03/2021

Shana Tova to all who celebrate! 🍯🍎 We wish you and your loved ones a healthy and peaceful New Year.

Shana Tova to all who celebrate! 🍯🍎 We wish you and your loved ones a healthy and peaceful New Year.

Shana Tova to all who celebrate! 🍯🍎 We wish you and your loved ones a healthy and peaceful New Year.
09/03/2021

Shana Tova to all who celebrate! 🍯🍎 We wish you and your loved ones a healthy and peaceful New Year.

Shana Tova to all who celebrate! 🍯🍎 We wish you and your loved ones a healthy and peaceful New Year.

09/02/2021
Legacies: Daniel Libeskind

For Daniel Libeskind, architecture tells a story, similar to how his grandfather told stories in shtetls in Poland. Mr. Libeskind's own work has represented many important stories and memorials, including several Jewish Museums and the rebuilding of the World Trade Center.

Go back to school with the Museum! This October, we are offering an online Introduction to the Holocaust adult education...
08/31/2021
Introduction to the Holocaust

Go back to school with the Museum! This October, we are offering an online Introduction to the Holocaust adult education course. Dr. Avinoam Patt, a scholar and expert on Jewish life before, during, and after the #Holocaust, will teach the four sessions. Space is limited! Register now at: https://bit.ly/3t3HNoj

Join the Museum for a virtual adult education course offering an introduction to the Holocaust. The five-part course will meet weekly on Thursdays from 5:00 to 6:30 PM ET. Each class will include a full lecture followed by student Q&A. The first four sessions will be led by Dr. Avinoam Patt, the Dor...

This fall, you can travel with the Museum from the comfort of your own couch. Tour guides will take us on a journey to h...
08/30/2021

This fall, you can travel with the Museum from the comfort of your own couch. Tour guides will take us on a journey to historic Jewish neighborhoods through live, virtual tours. First stop, is this Wednesday in Jewish Budapest! Adam, who was born and raised in Budapest, will give us an authentic Hungarian experience. #VirtualTravel https://mjhnyc.info/virtualtravel

This fall, you can travel with the Museum from the comfort of your own couch. Tour guides will take us on a journey to historic Jewish neighborhoods through live, virtual tours. First stop, is this Wednesday in Jewish Budapest! Adam, who was born and raised in Budapest, will give us an authentic Hungarian experience. #VirtualTravel https://mjhnyc.info/virtualtravel

Next month, we will commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with a tribute concert co-presented by the Museum and the K...
08/29/2021
Remembrance, Reflection, Resilience: A 9/11 Tribute Concert

Next month, we will commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with a tribute concert co-presented by the Museum and the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra.

The concert "Remembrance, Reflection, and Resilience" will feature Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” the world premiere of Gary S. Fagin’s “9/11 In Memoriam,” and Edward Kennedy (Duke) Ellington’s “Come Sunday.”

Reserve your in-person or virtual ticket at: https://bit.ly/3jkRxY0

Register to Attend In Person Register to Watch the Livestream The Museum of Jewish Heritage and the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra present a special concert to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001. Interspersed with readings of remembrance and reflection, the co...

Today we'd like to wish a happy birthday to Celia Kener, a member of our Speakers Bureau! August 27 is the day Celia, a ...
08/27/2021
Stories Survive Speaker Series: Celia Kener

Today we'd like to wish a happy birthday to Celia Kener, a member of our Speakers Bureau! August 27 is the day Celia, a Holocaust survivor, arrived in New York from Europe. She changed her birthday to this day to celebrate her new life after surviving the Holocaust. "That's the day my life began," she says.

In honor of her birthday, watch her Stories Survive program. As a student who saw her speak said, "I’m going to remember your words for my lifetime. That’s a pretty special ability to have when you speak to someone."

https://bit.ly/2Y78uNL

Celia Kener was born in 1935 in Lvov, Poland. When the Germans invaded in 1941, life totally changed. Her father was drafted into the Russian army while the ...

It might rain this weekend, but we won't rain on your parade, because this Sunday, our movies feature the iconic Barbra ...
08/26/2021

It might rain this weekend, but we won't rain on your parade, because this Sunday, our movies feature the iconic Barbra Streisand! Get your ticket now for "Funny Girl" and "The Way We Were" at: https://bit.ly/3y4bEyv

It might rain this weekend, but we won't rain on your parade, because this Sunday, our movies feature the iconic Barbra Streisand! Get your ticket now for "Funny Girl" and "The Way We Were" at: https://bit.ly/3y4bEyv

In 1943, eight-year-old Richard Rozencwajg and his father lived deep in the forest of Poland with partisans from the Arm...
08/25/2021
Richard Rozen: Feather Boy | Museum of Jewish Heritage NYC

In 1943, eight-year-old Richard Rozencwajg and his father lived deep in the forest of Poland with partisans from the Armia Krajowa (AK) unit. His father was the unit's doctor. Richard had his own special job—the Feather Boy. He kept a feather under his belt, and after each battle, Richard walked around and place the feather under the noses of the enemy bodies. He had to hold the feather carefully, without any movement, under each nose while counting to one hundred. If the feather fluttered at all during that time, he was to call one of the partisans over, who then shot the German again, killing him.

Richard's family was Jewish and had fled Poland for Soviet territory in 1939. Read the rest of Richard's story on our blog:
https://bit.ly/3y6r9Fr

In 1939, when he was four years old, the Germans attacked Poland, and Richard Rozencwajg and his parents fled east into Soviet territory.

August 29 – September 6, join us for a virtual #MovieNight and stream the new family drama "When Hi**er Stole Pink Rabbi...
08/25/2021
Virtual Screening: “When Hi**er Stole Pink Rabbit” | mjhnyc.org

August 29 – September 6, join us for a virtual #MovieNight and stream the new family drama "When Hi**er Stole Pink Rabbit." Watch the trailer and get your virtual tickets at: https://bit.ly/3kfdHu9

Anna is not sure who Hi**er is, but she sees his face on posters all over Berlin. Then one morning, Anna and her brother awake to find her father gone. Her mother explains that their father has had to leave and soon they will secretly join him. Anna just doesn’t understand. Why do their parents .....

August 9–28 marks the 77th anniversary of the Lodz Ghetto liquidation. In early 1940, the N***s rounded up more than 160...
08/24/2021
Remembering the Lodz Ghetto | Museum of Jewish Heritage NYC

August 9–28 marks the 77th anniversary of the Lodz Ghetto liquidation.

In early 1940, the N***s rounded up more than 160,000 of the remaining Jews in Lodz, Poland, and forced them into the Ghetto. Many had fled after the N***s invaded the year before. The conditions in the Lodz Ghetto were atrocious from the start and steadily deteriorated until the summer of 1944, when the N***s sent most of the remaining residents to death camps.

From August 9–August 28, 1944, SS and police units deported more than 60,000 Jews and an undetermined number of Roma to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the last large-scale deportation to Auschwitz during the #Holocaust.

Learn more and hear survivors of the Lodz Ghetto share their stories:
https://bit.ly/2UFe5cv

From August 9 - August 28, 1944, SS and police units deported more than 60,000 Jews and an undetermined number of Roma to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

#OnThisDay in 1938, an Executive Order from the German government required Jewish men and women to add Israel or Sara to...
08/17/2021

#OnThisDay in 1938, an Executive Order from the German government required Jewish men and women to add Israel or Sara to their names if their first names weren’t on a list created by the Third Reich of state-approved names for Jews.

These new names marked German Jews as separate from the rest of the German population. Identification cards (Kennkarte) were issued with these additional names and stamped with a “J” to mark the cardholder as a Jew, such as this Kennkarte belonging to Harry “Israel” Cohen dated March 9, 1939. Gift of Berthold Cohen. 107.98. #HolocaustHistory

#OnThisDay in 1938, an Executive Order from the German government required Jewish men and women to add Israel or Sara to their names if their first names weren’t on a list created by the Third Reich of state-approved names for Jews.

These new names marked German Jews as separate from the rest of the German population. Identification cards (Kennkarte) were issued with these additional names and stamped with a “J” to mark the cardholder as a Jew, such as this Kennkarte belonging to Harry “Israel” Cohen dated March 9, 1939. Gift of Berthold Cohen. 107.98. #HolocaustHistory

Today's #Throwback is an image of the Museum's location before construction began. Our location, facing the Statue of Li...
08/15/2021

Today's #Throwback is an image of the Museum's location before construction began. Our location, facing the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, has always been a meaningful source of inspiration for our mission and work.

Today's #Throwback is an image of the Museum's location before construction began. Our location, facing the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, has always been a meaningful source of inspiration for our mission and work.

This summer, a Museum intern Miriam found a surprising object in our collection—a Terezin Ghetto scrip, 20 Kronen note d...
08/14/2021
Coming Full Circle: An Intern’s Discovery | mjhnyc.org

This summer, a Museum intern Miriam found a surprising object in our collection—a Terezin Ghetto scrip, 20 Kronen note donated by her grandfather.

This type of money was printed for certain Jewish inmates who were paid for their work. Her grandfather’s job—at the age of 14—was to collect the bodies of those who had died in the night, and to lay them out for disposal.

The Terezin scrip is not only a part of her family's history, but part of a legacy of the #Holocaust that is preserved for generations to come.

https://bit.ly/2Ubx8ei

An intern's discovery in the Museum's Collection allows her to come full-circle with an object that belonged to her grandfather.

Reserve your tickets now! Sunday, August 22, the duo Nu Words premieres "Nu Jewish Storylab." Together Tracy Einstein ​a...
08/13/2021
Nu Jewish Storylab : Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

Reserve your tickets now! Sunday, August 22, the duo Nu Words premieres "Nu Jewish Storylab." Together Tracy Einstein ​and ​Richie Barshay will share Jewish children's stories through drumming, poetry, and movement. Kids and adults of all ages are welcome. #NYCKids https://bit.ly/37FbD8K

Nu Words is ​Tracy Einstein ​and ​Richie Barshay, two music and theater artists with a passion for arts education. Their engaging performances of storytelling, poetry, drumming, and movement dazzle audiences and young people worldwide. Join the Museum for the premiere of Nu Words’ “Nu Jewi...

#WWIIHistory Bertha and Julian Levitt were married in May of 1942. Early in their marriage, Julian, a U.S. Army Captain,...
08/12/2021
A Love Story, In Rhyme | Museum of Jewish Heritage mjhnyc.org

#WWIIHistory Bertha and Julian Levitt were married in May of 1942. Early in their marriage, Julian, a U.S. Army Captain, was deployed to Europe. While stationed in Bari, Italy, during #WWII, he wrote and mailed poems to his wife. We're lucky to have a few of them in our collection. You can read the poems and Levitts' full story at: https://bit.ly/3ySLC21

A young couple on their wedding day in May 1942. Julian Lowitt is wearing his army uniform alongside his bride, Bertha, as she smiles wearing a suit.

During the #Holocaust, as many Jewish women and girls lost their families, they formed substitute families with other wo...
08/12/2021
When Families Disappeared: Camp Shvesters | mjhnyc.org

During the #Holocaust, as many Jewish women and girls lost their families, they formed substitute families with other women, known as camp shvesters (sisters). In concentration camps, these relationships helped women survive constant danger.

This Sunday at 2 PM, we've teamed up with Project Witness to present a lecture exploring these powerful bonds with Dr. Michael Berenbaum, world-renowned historian and Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute at American Jewish University - AJU. https://bit.ly/2VLlp6C

When they lost family members during the Holocaust, many Jewish women and girls formed substitute “families” with other women. These sisterhoods were particularly important inside concentration camps, where the bonds formed between women often helped them survive constant danger. Join the Museum...

08/11/2021
Legacies: Dr. Albert Bourla

In February, we were honored to have Pfizer CEO Dr. Albert Bourla join us to discuss his Greek #Jewish heritage. His parents, who were #Holocaust survivors, taught him that their stories should be a celebration of life, not revenge.

Here are photos from our collection that is sure to make your mouth water. 😋A kosher baker on Manhattan's Upper West Sid...
08/07/2021

Here are photos from our collection that is sure to make your mouth water. 😋

A kosher baker on Manhattan's Upper West Side braids challah and stands with it for a photo. Barbara Pfeffer Collection, Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York. 1999.P.926, 1999.P.929.

#JewishHeritage #Challah #Throwback

#NYCConcerts Sunday afternoon, Sarah Aroeste Music & Books and Shai Bachar will perform in Edmond J. Safra Hall, featuri...
08/06/2021
Sarah Aroeste with Shai Bachar: Ladino Music From Yesterday to Today, Live From Edmond J. Safra Hall : Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

#NYCConcerts Sunday afternoon, Sarah Aroeste Music & Books and Shai Bachar will perform in Edmond J. Safra Hall, featuring songs that tell stories from Sephardic history and experiences. Buy tickets to watch the concert in-person or via live stream at: https://bit.ly/3xlgYww

International Ladino singer/songwriter Sarah Aroeste draws upon her family roots from Macedonia and Greece as she performs traditional and original Ladino songs in this special multimedia program. Joined on piano by longtime Israeli collaborator Shai Bachar, Aroeste weaves stories from Sephardic his...

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On June 6th, 1944, Anne recorded the most momentous news she and her family had heard in years. She wrote, “’This is D Day,’ the BBC announced at twelve. ‘This is the day.’ The invasion has begun.” Her reaction to the news was jubilant, but tinged with disbelief. “Is this really the beginning of the long-awaited liberation? The liberation we’ve all talked so much about, which still seems too good, too much of a fairy tale ever to come true? Will this year, 1944, bring us victory? We don’t know yet. The journal (in the painting) is headed Amsterdam... 6 Juin 1944... Anne FRANK. La Journal: A painting by a friend in remembrance of Anne Frank.
#uplifting. "A Texas man befriends an elderly Holocaust survivor. She says she’s been touched by an angel"
We all honor our father in our own way. I just published Moe Fields - the special bond between fathers and sons…last week reaching Amazon’s “best seller” list in Jewish memoirs. The story cuts across 5 decades, including dad’s early years as a boxer in Brooklyn (during the golden age of Jewish fighters 1925-1930s, who controlled every weight class). His boxing is a strong theme in the book, underscoring his response to anti-Semitism in WWII and his plumbing business in New Jersey. My dad was proud to be a Jewish War Vet...and a lifetime supporter of Jewish Federations & JCCs. Here's a brief excerpt from his Navy service, where being Jewish saved the day. Chapter 37 Heading to Yalta The Catoctin left Naples on January 15, 1945. Much to the surprise of the crew, the ship headed east as they reached the Mediterranean Sea. After the Allies took back much of France, it was assumed the Catoctin would head west and north to support the final push in Europe. Several days later, the Commander and his officers began briefing the men on their new mission. The Catoctin was bound for Sevastopol, a deep port on the Black Sea. It was off the coast of Crimea. The ship would serve as the headquarters for the planning of a war time conference at Yalta, between President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and the Russian General Secretary Joseph Stalin. Stalin had refused to travel further west than Yalta for a meeting with Allied leaders. The conference would be held at the Livadia Palace, which had previously served as a summer home for Nicholas II, the last Russian tsar. Stalin’s decision forced President Roosevelt on an arduous two-week journey, traveling eight days aboard the war cruiser, the USS Quincy, boarding an airplane for the 1,200-mile flight to Crimea and then driving 80 miles to Yalta, which took more than four hours over war torn roads. The coastline around Yalta was not deep enough to accommodate military ships. Both the British and the Americans would send their command ships to a port at Sevastopol and be greeted by Russian troops. War ships like the USS Quincy and the destroyer, USS Murphy would remain at sea. The town of Yalta was a two to three-hour drive from Sevastopol, along the coast. The Catoctin would reach its destination by January 26 and the crew needed to make the ship ready to receive a sizable advance party of military and non-military personnel. Aside from housing the planners for the upcoming conference, the ship would serve as an offshore hospital and provide food and transportation for various generals and dignitaries. ……………………………….. Two hours after briefing the officers, the PA system rang out a familiar announcement, “Goldman to the quarterdeck. Goldman to the quarterdeck.” ……………………….. Murray reached the quarterdeck only to find that instead of his immediate XO, the Commander of the ship was waiting to talk with him. “Goldman, I just briefed the officers. The crew does not know it yet, but I’ve been informed by central command that President Roosevelt plans to visit the Catoctin and stay overnight after his meetings in Yalta. Now, you may or may not know it, but the President is not well. At this point, he’s pretty much bound to a wheelchair. This is not to be shared with anyone. I need you to figure out how to build a bathroom on ship for the President and to get cool air pumped into his room. Can you do that for your Commander-in-Chief?” Murray stood silent. He listened intently. There was nothing funny about this request from the ship’s Commander. “Sir, I will do my very best to make the President comfortable,” Murray replied. ………………………….. The Catoctin reached Sevastopol on January 25, but the Commander waited until morning before allowing anyone to board or disembark from the ship. A Captain in the Russian army, with a contingent of soldiers, could be seen waiting at the port. The Russian army controlled all of Crimea. The Americans were now in their territory and they expected them to follow their direction. The Captain boarded Catoctin and was greeted by the XO. Immediately, it was clear that neither one of them spoke the same language. The XO motioned for one of his subordinates. “Get him down here as quickly as you can,” said the XO. Soon the PA system was as loud as it’s ever been, “Goldman to the quarterdeck. Goldman to the quarterdeck.” Murray was working in the stateroom they were building for Roosevelt. His men were drilling holes when the PA system first rang out. ………………………….. Sid alerted Murray to the announcement and followed him up to the quarterdeck, where an impatient Captain of the Russian soldiers was pacing back and forth. Mayer knew Murray, one of the oldest sailors on the ship, could speak languages, at least enough to get through basic greetings and simple instructions. With a boat-load of young sailors from Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Nebraska, the guy from New York was likely the XO’s best option. After speaking to the XO, Murray looked at Sid. He walked over to the Russian and smiled. The Russian did not smile back. He was a large barrel-chested man, maybe six-foot inches tall and 240 pounds. He had a large mustache. Murray figured he better get on with it. “Sprechen Sie Deutsch?“ Murray asked. The Russian Captain just stared at Murray. A harsh frown grew across his face. Murray tried again, “Capite italiano?” The soldier very slowly shook his head no. “Parlez-vous français? Nothing. At this point, Murray turned to Sid Mayer. ‘Sid, you have any ideas ?’ Mayer shrugged his shoulders and shook his head. Murray turned back to the Russian and figured he’d give it one last try. ‘Farshteyst Yiddish ?’ Murray asked. The Russian soldier perked up. His eyes opened wide. Murray repeated his question, ‘Farshteyst Yiddish?’ The Captain began to smile. He then reached out and grabbed Murray by his arms and gave him a big bear hug. Sid Mayer started laughing. He turned toward the XO and told him not to worry, the Russian soldier was Jewish. Murray had found a common language between east and west, and it was Yiddish.
A presentation I did on the occasion of "International Holocaust Remembrance Day", 27 January 2021. Apologies for a few longish pauses and video speed problems. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-qV574cvDY
U.S. War Crime Complicity in the Destruction of Gaza and Occupation of Palestine – Alan Singer on Daily Kos
"Opera for Terezin" we are having a replay on Sunday May the 9th at 1 PM EST – This time with subtitles! More details at the page www.bterezin.org.il/operaMeanwhile you can watch a 5 minutes trailer at https://youtu.be/zl0-uefzoTM
Dear Friends, I had planned to be sharing information today about the May 9 Sousa Mendes Foundation presentation for which I will be speaking about my beloved friend, former partisan, Faye Schulman. Instead, I am heartbroken to share news of her passing on 4/24/21. I was honored and privileged to know Faye, to love her, and to be swept up by her extraordinary eyes, fierce spirit, and warm heart. I am so grateful for her trust in sharing her extraordinary story with me for inclusion in my book: "Women of Valor: Polish Jewish Resisters to the Third Reich." What a joy it was to have her sit next to me at the book-signing table after our presentation to the Toronto Jewish Genealogy Society a few years ago. Faye was able to autograph her chapter for enthusiastic book purchasers. On May 9, The Sousa Mendes Foundation will be presenting a Zoom program on Faye. We had hoped she would have been able to join us. How she would have loved to know that 100s of people will be learning about her--and keeping her story alive. Joining me on the panel will be Mitch Braff, Founder/CEO of JPEF, as well as acclaimed documentarian, Shelley Saywell, whose marvelous documentary, "Out of the Fire," chronicling Faye's joyous and poignant reunion in Poland with her former partisan comrades, will be available to registrants May 7-10. If the day/time are inconvenient, please register anyway so you'll have access to to the film and the recording of the panel discussion. Please join me in sending condolences to Faye's loving family, and continuing her legacy of fighting fascism in all its forms. Be safe and be well.
Every year, mid April, I post this small video project (this is a new version 2.0) as a tribute to my late father, in honor of the Holocaust victims. On April 15th 1945 Bergen Belsen Concentration camp was liberated. My father volunteered and was a part of the British relief team. He assisted the medic staff. 72 Y later it appeared Lilian Berliner, a surviver of the camp remembered him so well! The discovery Lillian Berliners book/memoir was the chance of one of the most surreal, memorable and heartwarming encouters in my life: meeting Lilian. In 2019 my daughter and I visited the musieum in NY.
The Brandeis School 8th Grade Class in Lawrence NY remembers the 1.5 million children whose lives were taken. NEVER FORGET. Please enjoy this original song.
IN THE MASS GRAVE My brother, can you see, can you hear me There we stand on edge of the mass grave all alone But we all stand together and pray for a second Then they'll shoot as , yes they'll shoot us, shoot us down My brother, My brother, can you hear me And maybe the bullets will miss our hearts And if you'll survive tell my mother that I loved her Remember me, don't forget, the place where I died So cold in the winter of an unfinished dreams Cold in the winter the Death in the wind Carried away with a smoke -so high above My brother, My brother, can you hear me I'm a ghost, Am I dead? so deep down inside And where was the world when they shot us? can't remember Yes so far away , they just didn't care, yeah nobody tried Climb there outside of mass grave at night in the forest of death you'll be running so fast you are barefoot and hurt, you are naked cold Doesn't matter Running away, oh you'll never stop, got to live for ones that were shot in the snow when they they fell on each other the earth lost its promise Forever My brother, My brother, can you hear me We fell down to the pit from above We fell on each other , the bullets are bleeding I feel your last heart beats- they're fading away... in the snow So cold in the winter of an unfinished dreams Cold in the winter the Death in the wind Carried away with a smoke -so high above So cold in the winter the nightmare of dreams Cold in the winter the ice falling tears Nobody heard all the screams, the silence too over