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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Join the Museum of Jewish Heritage and JewishGen for an adult education course exploring the origins of Ashkenazi Jewish...
04/30/2021

Join the Museum of Jewish Heritage and JewishGen for an adult education course exploring the origins of Ashkenazi Jewish names and the history of Jewish name changing in the United States. Led by Binyumen Schaechter and Dr. Kirsten Fermaglich, the four-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.

May 6 & May 13 at 5:00 PM ET: Ashkenazic Family Names: What Our Names Mean About Our Families
What do our family names say about our family histories? In the first two classes, Binyumen Schaechter will explore the adoption of Jewish family names in eastern Europe 200 years ago and dissect the clues that our names provide about how our ancestors worked and lived. He has lectured extensively on this topic—a passion he inherited from his renowned Yiddish linguist father, Dr. Mordkhe Schaechter. Binyumen is also the celebrated conductor of the Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus and musical theater composer.

May 20 & May 27 at 5:00 PM ET: The Rise, Politics, and Fall of Name Changing in the 20th Century
How and why did so many Jews change their last names after emigrating to the United States? In the second two classes, Dr. Kirsten Fermaglich will share her groundbreaking research into court documents, oral histories, and archival records and what it reveals about Jewish name changing economic mobility, and identity in the 20th century. Fermaglich is Professor of History and Jewish Studies at Michigan State University and author of the award-winning book A Rosenberg By Any Other Name: A History of Jewish Name Changing in America.

Registration is for the full series. Classes cannot be purchased individually.
All registrants will receive access to a recording of the classes. Space is limited.

Space is limited.
Register Today: https://buff.ly/3t7nFAe

Pricing:
Non-members: $144
Individual, Dual, and Friends and Family memberships ($36 to $180): $115 (20% off the non-member price)
Sustaining level Museum memberships and above ($250+): Free

Join the Museum of Jewish Heritage and JewishGen for an adult education course exploring the origins of Ashkenazi Jewish names and the history of Jewish name changing in the United States. Led by Binyumen Schaechter and Dr. Kirsten Fermaglich, the four-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.

May 6 & May 13 at 5:00 PM ET: Ashkenazic Family Names: What Our Names Mean About Our Families
What do our family names say about our family histories? In the first two classes, Binyumen Schaechter will explore the adoption of Jewish family names in eastern Europe 200 years ago and dissect the clues that our names provide about how our ancestors worked and lived. He has lectured extensively on this topic—a passion he inherited from his renowned Yiddish linguist father, Dr. Mordkhe Schaechter. Binyumen is also the celebrated conductor of the Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus and musical theater composer.

May 20 & May 27 at 5:00 PM ET: The Rise, Politics, and Fall of Name Changing in the 20th Century
How and why did so many Jews change their last names after emigrating to the United States? In the second two classes, Dr. Kirsten Fermaglich will share her groundbreaking research into court documents, oral histories, and archival records and what it reveals about Jewish name changing economic mobility, and identity in the 20th century. Fermaglich is Professor of History and Jewish Studies at Michigan State University and author of the award-winning book A Rosenberg By Any Other Name: A History of Jewish Name Changing in America.

Registration is for the full series. Classes cannot be purchased individually.
All registrants will receive access to a recording of the classes. Space is limited.

Space is limited.
Register Today: https://buff.ly/3t7nFAe

Pricing:
Non-members: $144
Individual, Dual, and Friends and Family memberships ($36 to $180): $115 (20% off the non-member price)
Sustaining level Museum memberships and above ($250+): Free

Mandy Patinkin breaks down in tears as he finds out that he lost family members to the Holocaust in the April 27th  epis...
04/30/2021
Mandy Patinkin Learns He Had Family In The Holocaust

Mandy Patinkin breaks down in tears as he finds out that he lost family members to the Holocaust in the April 27th episode of Finding Your Roots on PBS. The show made use of the Yizkor books found on the Museum's JewishGen site. They document what life was like before and during the Holocaust in Jewish communities all over Europe. https://youtu.be/rdT8Er-0vdE

In this clip, Mandy Patinkin is moved to discover he had family members in the Holocaust. #FindingYourRoots airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on PBS. In the April 27th ...

The Museum of Jewish Heritage Spring Women's Luncheon Silent Auction is Live. You don't need to be at the virtual event ...
04/29/2021

The Museum of Jewish Heritage Spring Women's Luncheon Silent Auction is Live. You don't need to be at the virtual event to bid or to win some great items. The Auction closes Friday, May 7 at 3:00 PM ET Click here to bid https://buff.ly/3e3wpTL or visit https://buff.ly/2Pwlo3F to learn more.

Event proceeds will help fulfill our timely mission of Holocaust education and remembrance.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage Spring Women's Luncheon Silent Auction is Live. You don't need to be at the virtual event to bid or to win some great items. The Auction closes Friday, May 7 at 3:00 PM ET Click here to bid https://buff.ly/3e3wpTL or visit https://buff.ly/2Pwlo3F to learn more.

Event proceeds will help fulfill our timely mission of Holocaust education and remembrance.

Today is the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Dachau. We marked the 75th with this blog post. https://buff.ly/3eDAc...
04/29/2021

Today is the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Dachau. We marked the 75th with this blog post. https://buff.ly/3eDAc99

Photo Credit Liberation of Dachau: Inmates. Gift of Sam Schwartz, Yaffa Eliach Collection donated by the Center for Holocaust Studies

Today is the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Dachau. We marked the 75th with this blog post. https://buff.ly/3eDAc99

Photo Credit Liberation of Dachau: Inmates. Gift of Sam Schwartz, Yaffa Eliach Collection donated by the Center for Holocaust Studies

In 2009, Dr. Wendy Lower, the acclaimed author of Hitler’s Furies and chair of the United States Holocaust Memorial Muse...
04/25/2021

In 2009, Dr. Wendy Lower, the acclaimed author of Hitler’s Furies and chair of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Academic Council, was shown a photograph just brought to the Museum. The image—a rare “action shot” documenting the horrific final moment of a family’s murder—drove her to conduct years of forensic and archival detective work in Ukraine, Germany, Slovakia, Israel, and the United States, recovering new layers of detail about the N**is’ open-air massacres in eastern Europe and the role of the family unit in N**i ideology.

In her new book The Ravine: A Family, a Photograph, a Holocaust Massacre Revealed, Lower explores the exceptional image and the new understandings it has unlocked about the Holocaust. Join Lower for a discussion about the book and her research with Paul Salmons, a Holocaust education specialist, curator of Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away, chief curator of Seeing Auschwitz, and consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. https://buff.ly/3tWcDio

In 2009, Dr. Wendy Lower, the acclaimed author of Hitler’s Furies and chair of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Academic Council, was shown a photograph just brought to the Museum. The image—a rare “action shot” documenting the horrific final moment of a family’s murder—drove her to conduct years of forensic and archival detective work in Ukraine, Germany, Slovakia, Israel, and the United States, recovering new layers of detail about the N**is’ open-air massacres in eastern Europe and the role of the family unit in N**i ideology.

In her new book The Ravine: A Family, a Photograph, a Holocaust Massacre Revealed, Lower explores the exceptional image and the new understandings it has unlocked about the Holocaust. Join Lower for a discussion about the book and her research with Paul Salmons, a Holocaust education specialist, curator of Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away, chief curator of Seeing Auschwitz, and consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. https://buff.ly/3tWcDio

Today marks the 106th Anniversary of the Armenian genocide that killed 1.5 million people. President Biden recognized th...
04/24/2021

Today marks the 106th Anniversary of the Armenian genocide that killed 1.5 million people. President Biden recognized the mass killing of Armenians as a genocide this morning saying, “Each year on this day, we remember the lives of all those who died in the Ottoman-era Armenian genocide and recommit ourselves to preventing such an atrocity from ever again occurring…We honor the victims of the Meds Yeghern so that the horrors of what happened are never lost to history. And we remember so that we remain ever-vigilant against the corrosive influence of hate in all its forms.”

photo: Three young Armenian girls, one holding a basket of roses. (From left to right: Rebecca H. Hazarian, Yevnige Hazarian, Araxi Hazarian; daughters of Hagop Hazarian). Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (now Istanbul, Turkey), ca. 1912. — Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives, Watertown, Massachusetts https://buff.ly/2Qxhhoq

Today marks the 106th Anniversary of the Armenian genocide that killed 1.5 million people. President Biden recognized the mass killing of Armenians as a genocide this morning saying, “Each year on this day, we remember the lives of all those who died in the Ottoman-era Armenian genocide and recommit ourselves to preventing such an atrocity from ever again occurring…We honor the victims of the Meds Yeghern so that the horrors of what happened are never lost to history. And we remember so that we remain ever-vigilant against the corrosive influence of hate in all its forms.”

photo: Three young Armenian girls, one holding a basket of roses. (From left to right: Rebecca H. Hazarian, Yevnige Hazarian, Araxi Hazarian; daughters of Hagop Hazarian). Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (now Istanbul, Turkey), ca. 1912. — Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives, Watertown, Massachusetts https://buff.ly/2Qxhhoq

Recently, Dan Distefano, the son of liberator Salvatore Distefano, contacted the Museum’s Collections & Exhibitions depa...
04/13/2021

Recently, Dan Distefano, the son of liberator Salvatore Distefano, contacted the Museum’s Collections & Exhibitions department about some World War II artifacts his father had taken home with him in 1945. Dan had no idea these artifacts existed until 2018. As Dan explains, “In 1952, Salvatore Distefano and his bride, Frances Roberto, purchased furniture for their new life together. Part of that purchase was a smart, cherry wood suite of bedroom furniture. Oddly, the double dresser had room to hide valuables under the second layer of drawers. It was there my dad hid his cache of WWII artifacts and memories from his wife, his children and himself.”⁠

Pictured here is a map of the Buchenwald concentration camp which was found in that dresser. Read the full story here:
https://mjhnyc.org/blog/a-working-map-of-buchenwald-comes-to-light/

Gift of the Distefano Family, in Memory of Sergeant Salvatore Distefano.

Recently, Dan Distefano, the son of liberator Salvatore Distefano, contacted the Museum’s Collections & Exhibitions department about some World War II artifacts his father had taken home with him in 1945. Dan had no idea these artifacts existed until 2018. As Dan explains, “In 1952, Salvatore Distefano and his bride, Frances Roberto, purchased furniture for their new life together. Part of that purchase was a smart, cherry wood suite of bedroom furniture. Oddly, the double dresser had room to hide valuables under the second layer of drawers. It was there my dad hid his cache of WWII artifacts and memories from his wife, his children and himself.”⁠

Pictured here is a map of the Buchenwald concentration camp which was found in that dresser. Read the full story here:
https://mjhnyc.org/blog/a-working-map-of-buchenwald-comes-to-light/

Gift of the Distefano Family, in Memory of Sergeant Salvatore Distefano.

Read the reflections shared by Elisha Wiesel during the Museum’s 2021 Annual Gathering of Remembrance.
04/12/2021
Yom HaShoah Reflections from Elisha Wiesel | mjhnyc.org

Read the reflections shared by Elisha Wiesel during the Museum’s 2021 Annual Gathering of Remembrance.

Elisha Wiesel, son of Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel z"l, shared these reflections during the Museum’s 2021 Annual Gathering of Remembrance.

04/11/2021
Annual Gathering of Remembrance 2021

Please join us online at 2 PM Eastern on Sunday, April 11 for this year’s virtual Annual Gathering of Remembrance in observance of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). The program features music, remarks from Holocaust survivors and young people, and a candle-lighting ceremony. The program also features reflections from Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff; U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer; Elisha Wiesel, son of the late Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel; Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Holocaust survivor and Museum Trustee; and other public figures. Together, we will honor the memory of those who perished at the hands of evil and pay tribute to those who survived and have made a better world for us all. To see a program with the order of the event please visit https://mjhnyc.org/annual-gathering-of-remembrance-2021-virtual-program/ and please consider donating to the Museum so that we may continue our work educating about the Holocaust, remembering those lost in it, and honorng the resiliance of the survivors we are so fortunate to have with us. https://898a.blackbaudhosting.com/898a/Support-AGR

Please join us Sunday at 2pm for this year’s virtual gathering in observance of Yom HaShoah. The program will feature mu...
04/09/2021
Annual Gathering of Remembrance | Museum of Jewish Heritage

Please join us Sunday at 2pm for this year’s virtual gathering in observance of Yom HaShoah. The program will feature music, remarks from Holocaust survivors and young people, and a candle-lighting ceremony. The program will also feature reflections from Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Elisha Wiesel, son of the late Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Holocaust survivors, Museum Trustees, Cantor Joseph Malovany, Zalmen Mlotek, Daniel Kahn, and other public figures.

Register here:
https://mjhnyc.org/annual-gathering-remembrance/

Every year, at New York’s Annual Gathering of Remembrance, we come together as a community to say: We will never forget.

04/08/2021
Don't Hate

We asked Holocaust survivors, "What is one thing you want to tell future generations?" #HolocaustSurvivor #YomHaShoah

04/08/2021
Abe Foxman #ItStartedWithWords

● The Holocaust didn’t start with ghettos and concentration camps. #ItStartedWithWords Holocaust survivors from around the world share their testimonies of how hate speech led to the unimaginable violence of the Holocaust. Listen as Holocaust survivor Abe Foxman shares his story: https://buff.ly/3dLlY5S #NeverForget #HolocaustSurvivor #Holocaust #HolocaustEducation

Fabulous New York Times review of Judy Batalion's new book "The Light of Days" Join the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Li...
04/06/2021
The ‘Ghetto Girls’ Who Fought the N**is With Weapons and Wiles

Fabulous New York Times review of Judy Batalion's new book "The Light of Days" Join the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust on Tuesday April 13 at 2pm to hear her in conversation about it. Register at mjhnyc.org

In “The Light of Days,” Judy Batalion recounts the stories of dozens of young Jewish women who bribed executioners, smuggled pistols and fought on the front lines of the resistance.

Amid the cabarets and jazz halls of 1930s Warsaw, Leon Pommers managed to support himself and send money home to his wid...
04/02/2021

Amid the cabarets and jazz halls of 1930s Warsaw, Leon Pommers managed to support himself and send money home to his widowed mother by playing piano with the Henryk Wars orchestra. That life ended in 1939, when the German invasion of Poland sent him fleeing from small-town Pruzhany to Lithuania, across the Soviet Union to Japan, from Shanghai to Australia, Canada, and the United States. Along the way, he was helped by diplomats like Chiune Sugihara, Jan Zwartendijk, and Tadeusz Romer — as well as his own charismatic personality and musical talent.

Discover Leon's story, told in his own words, on this episode of our podcast, Those Who Were There: Voices from the Holocaust​: https://fortunoff.library.yale.edu/podcast/leon-pommers/

Amid the cabarets and jazz halls of 1930s Warsaw, Leon Pommers managed to support himself and send money home to his widowed mother by playing piano with the Henryk Wars orchestra. That life ended in 1939, when the German invasion of Poland sent him fleeing from small-town Pruzhany to Lithuania, across the Soviet Union to Japan, from Shanghai to Australia, Canada, and the United States. Along the way, he was helped by diplomats like Chiune Sugihara, Jan Zwartendijk, and Tadeusz Romer — as well as his own charismatic personality and musical talent.

Discover Leon's story, told in his own words, on this episode of our podcast, Those Who Were There: Voices from the Holocaust​: https://fortunoff.library.yale.edu/podcast/leon-pommers/

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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
Please consider including us in your selections of documentaries to watch during this week of Remembrance. With gratitude and Chag Sameach! Donna I am moved by notes and calls from friends who are experiencing unutterable loss - and by a spirit that embraces hopeful story telling. While we regret missing festivals that had planned screenings of our documentary, we share its availability on platforms on our website (thepresenceoftheirabsence), encouraged to see many other films now available about the historic and complex aftermath of the Shoah. Be safe, everyone, and well....AT HOME!
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These are photos in my collection that are of the holocaust, 1 photo 6A is of Romanian Jewish Children being transported to Auschwitz Concencration camp. 2 of Two men who survived Buchenwald Concentration camp. 3 Is Photo 769 is of Holocaust victims who were murdered At Auschwitz. 4 is civilians living near Buchenwald with SS and Holocaust survivors in the background with Americans digging a mass grave. Lets never forget what hatred looks like.
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