Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

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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. 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.

February 10–14 is Respect for All Week in NYC Schools (via New York City Department of Education). Public schools throug...
02/10/2020

February 10–14 is Respect for All Week in NYC Schools (via New York City Department of Education). Public schools throughout the city have the opportunity to highlight and build upon ongoing programs to help students, staff, and communities gain a better understanding of diversity. Schools may also start new initiatives that promote respect for diversity and focus on preventing bullying, intimidation, and bias-based harassment. The Museum has a lesson on antisemitism available to download for free here: bit.ly/31BXk1a

Photo Credit: John Halpern

In 1935, Regina Jonas made history as the first woman officially ordained as a rabbi. She became a pastoral-rabbinic cou...
02/07/2020

In 1935, Regina Jonas made history as the first woman officially ordained as a rabbi. She became a pastoral-rabbinic counselor for Jewish welfare institutions in Berlin. Since more and more rabbis were imprisoned or had emigrated, she also started to preach in the more liberal synagogues in Berlin and throughout Germany.

To see this photograph and to learn more about the first woman officially ordained as a rabbi, come see “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.” Exhibition information is available here: bit.ly/2Z0uKEY

Produced with Auschwitz Memorial / Muzeum Auschwitz, Auschwitz Exhibition, and Musealia. #NotlongagoNotfaraway

Original photograph in the collection of the Stiftung Neue Synagoge-Centrum Judaicum, Berlin.

Join us on Thursday, 2/13 for "Legacies: A Special Screening of 'Hunters' with Series Creator David Weil." This is the f...
02/06/2020

Join us on Thursday, 2/13 for "Legacies: A Special Screening of 'Hunters' with Series Creator David Weil." This is the first event in our new Legacies series, which highlights notable figures who have a connection to Jewish heritage, identity, and the Holocaust.

Executive produced by Academy Award-winner Jordan Peele and led by legendary Academy Award-winner Al Pacino and Logan Lerman, "Hunters" follows a diverse band of Nazi hunters (known as Hunters) living in 1977 New York City. After discovering that hundreds of high-ranking Nazi officials are living in the United States and conspiring to create a Fourth Reich here, the Hunters set out on a bloody quest to bring the Nazis to justice and thwart their new genocidal plans. Tickets cost $25 ($20 for members) and can be purchased here: bit.ly/370QAed

A conversation with David Weil, the series creator, and Jessica Shaw, host of EW Live on SiriusXM, will follow the screening of the show’s first episode.

"Hunters" is inspired by stories told to David Weil by his Holocaust survivor grandmother. It will premiere exclusively on Amazon.com Prime Video on February 21st. Watch the trailer for "Hunters" here: bit.ly/2tE3dhG

Join us tomorrow night at 7pm for part two of the four-part series, "Write Me," bringing together artists, scholars, and...
02/06/2020

Join us tomorrow night at 7pm for part two of the four-part series, "Write Me," bringing together artists, scholars, and activists to explore the branding of women’s bodies in the Holocaust and human trafficking.

Poets Deborah Kahan Kolb - Writer/Author (author of "After Auschwitz"), Cornelius Eady (co-founder, Cave Canem), and Jennifer Jean (director, Free2Write Poetry Workshops for Trauma Survivors) will lead a workshop on using writing as a source of healing, resistance, and for sharing personal histories.

This event is free, but advance registration is recommended. Reserve your tickets here: bit.ly/317yCW5

The picture above is taken from the short film, "Write Me" (2019) by Pearl Gluck, which follows an older woman who joins other survivors in reclaiming the histories tattooed on their bodies. This series of workshops is inspired by this film.

In 2017, 13 drivers’ licenses that had been confiscated from Jews during Kristallnacht were found in a government office...
02/04/2020

In 2017, 13 drivers’ licenses that had been confiscated from Jews during Kristallnacht were found in a government office of a small German town. Following their discovery, the licenses were donated to a local high school for research.

Join us at the Museum tomorrow at 7pm for a compelling lecture with Lisa Salko who will recount how the high schoolers contacted her, and her journey to Germany to unveil a lost chapter of her family history. We are also honored to welcome Consul General David Gill of German Consulate General New York, a co-sponsor of this program.

Tune in to our YouTube livestream here: bit.ly/2UtixZj

Tickets for this event are $10 for general admission and $8 for members. Find the tickets here: bit.ly/38Be8Yo

02/03/2020
Video: Remembering the survivors of Auschwitz 75 years later

Last week, ABC News aired a segment on ABC World News Tonight with David Muir called "The Children of Auschwitz," which featured some interviews filmed at "Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away." To view the full segment, click here: abcn.ws/2GBp4JA.

To visit "Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away." and see the photograph of the children at Auschwitz liberation in person, click here for more information: bit.ly/3aFGK4f

Produced with Auschwitz Memorial / Muzeum Auschwitz, Auschwitz Exhibition, and Musealia. #NotlongagoNotfaraway

Few children were spared by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Survivors like Tova Friedman shared their memories of horror and stories of triumph. Go to facebook.com/AuschwitzMemorial to learn more.

Join us this Sunday at 1pm for our latest installment of the "Stories Survive Speaker Series" with Frederick Terna. This...
01/31/2020
Stories Survive Speaker Series: Frederick Terna : Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

Join us this Sunday at 1pm for our latest installment of the "Stories Survive Speaker Series" with Frederick Terna. This event is free, but advance registration is recommended. To hear Mr. Terna share his life story, reserve your free tickets here: bit.ly/37qHSHd

At our monthly Stories Survive Speaker Series, hear Holocaust survivors share their life stories in their own words. Fredrick Terna was born in 1923. He lived and attended school in Prague, Czechoslovakia until Germany occupied the city in 1939. Mr. Terna was interned in a number of camps, including...

"As the number of living survivors of the Holocaust dwindles, the urgency to preserve the past grows..." Adam Kuperstein...
01/30/2020
Preserving Holocaust History 75 Years After Auschwitz Liberation

"As the number of living survivors of the Holocaust dwindles, the urgency to preserve the past grows..." Adam Kuperstein from NBC New York interviewed Holocaust survivor, Mrs. Ray Kaner, from the Museum's Speakers Bureau. To watch the full video, click here: bit.ly/2vrgpqI

As the number of living survivors of the horrors of the Holocaust dwindles, the urgency to preserve the past grows — especially in a world where anti-Semitic attacks and incidents are on the rise. NBC New York’s Adam Kuperstein reports.

Yesterday, we were honored to welcome the Commission of Religious Leaders for a tour of the exhibition “Auschwitz. Not l...
01/30/2020

Yesterday, we were honored to welcome the Commission of Religious Leaders for a tour of the exhibition “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.” Curator Robert Jan van Pelt led them through a guided tour, accompanied by several members of the Museum’s Board of Trustees. Pictured (L to R): Robert Jan van Pelt, His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, Rev.Herbert Daughtry, Elder David Buckner, Larry Silverstein, and Rabbi Joseph Potasnik.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage and FASPE - Fellowships for the Study of Professional Ethics are pleased to co-present the...
01/29/2020

The Museum of Jewish Heritage and FASPE - Fellowships for the Study of Professional Ethics are pleased to co-present the book launch for "Mengele: Unmasking the Angel of Death" by former MJH Director David G. Marwell. This event is free, but advance registration is recommended. To view a broadcast of the event, tune in to our livestream tonight at 7pm ET. Click here for more information and to reserve your tickets: bit.ly/2Rzu1Zp

Museum President & CEO Jack Kliger spoke with Manya Brachear-Pashman for the podcast "People of the Pod." They discuss "...
01/29/2020
LISTEN: New AJC survey finds rising anti-Semitism in France is mainstream worry

Museum President & CEO Jack Kliger spoke with Manya Brachear-Pashman for the podcast "People of the Pod." They discuss "Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away." and the current era of rising antisemitism. Listen here: bit.ly/38IuoGR (via The Times of Israel)

Episode #20: AJC Europe Director Simone Rodan-Benzaquen discusses headline-grabbing bombshell survey * Ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day, a visit to NY's Museum of Jewish Heritage

This morning, nearly 100 Holocaust survivors joined with community members to watch the live simulcast of the official c...
01/27/2020

This morning, nearly 100 Holocaust survivors joined with community members to watch the live simulcast of the official commemoration ceremony broadcast from Auschwitz, Poland. Then, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Superintendent Linda Lacewell, who oversees New York State’s Holocaust Claims Processing Office, and Holocaust scholar Dr. Robert Jan van Pelt spoke. To conclude the ceremony, a shofar from Auschwitz was sounded by Rabbi Eli Babich. Thank you to our event partners UJA-Federation of New York and Selfhelp Community Services, Inc. Click here to watch a recording of the broadcast: bit.ly/2O24DcQ

01/27/2020
Making the Auschwitz Exhibition with Robert Jan van Pelt

Tune in to hear Holocaust scholar and chief curator Dr. Robert Jan van Pelt explore the significance of the types and provenance of artifacts in "Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away." He will also discuss the curatorial decisions that had to be made during the development of this complex exhibition. Watch it here: bit.ly/38Ky0by

To visit “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.” view exhibition information here: bit.ly/2Z0uKEY
Produced with Auschwitz Memorial / Muzeum Auschwitz, Auschwitz Exhibition and Musealia. #NotlongagoNotfaraway

This morning, we're livestreaming our International Holocaust Remembrance Day–75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Ausc...
01/27/2020

This morning, we're livestreaming our International Holocaust Remembrance Day–75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz event. Remarks will be given by Mayor Bill de Blasio, Superintendent Linda Lacewell who oversees New York State’s Holocaust Claims Processing Office, and Holocaust scholar Dr. Robert Jan van Pelt. The program also features the sounding of the shofar from Auschwitz. Watch the commemoration on our YouTube page via the link below: bit.ly/2O24DcQ

01/24/2020
Prisoners in Nazi concentration camps made music; now it's being discovered and performed

Here's an amazing example of how we can ensure #StoriesSurvive. Italian composer and pianist Francesco Lotoro has catalogued more than 8,000 pieces of music created in concentration, work, or death camps during the Holocaust. For more on his incredible story, click here: cbsn.ws/2tBzoOn 📷: CBS News

More than 6 million people, most of them Jews, died in the Holocaust. The music they wrote as a temporary escape, however, did not, thanks in part to the efforts of an Italian composer and pianist.

The recently released Pew Research Center report on Holocaust knowledge and awareness is both disheartening and promisin...
01/23/2020

The recently released Pew Research Center report on Holocaust knowledge and awareness is both disheartening and promising.

We are concerned that more than half of Americans do not know that 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust. The report reveals Americans are misinformed on other Holocaust facts as well, including when it took place. Many do not realize its horrors are very recent history. Yet as the title of our Museum's current exhibition on Auschwitz reminds us, the Holocaust was in fact, "Not long ago. Not far away."

Yet there is reason for hope. In noting some correlation between accurate knowledge of the Holocaust and fostering empathy – “warmer feelings among non-Jews toward Jews” – the report's findings suggest the promise of meeting antisemitism with education. This reaffirms our Museum's mission.

Ignorance is as dangerous as hate. At the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, we use the lessons of our past to build a better world today. It is why we have opened our Museum, free of charge, to all New York City school groups, public school students, and up to three additional members of their individual families, and it is why we continue to preserve and present the stories and artifacts of those who experienced antisemitism's darkest chapter. They are our greatest teachers.

To read the Pew Research Center’s recent findings, click the link here: https://pewrsr.ch/2tJA8Bi

Bruce C. Ratner, Chairman, and Jack Kliger, President & CEO
Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

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This Sunday, January 26, we are pleased to partner with the Sheen Center to present a talk with Dr. Robert Jan van Pelt,...
01/23/2020
Auschwitz: Remembering Our Ways Forward | Museum of Jewish Heritage

This Sunday, January 26, we are pleased to partner with the Sheen Center to present a talk with Dr. Robert Jan van Pelt, an authority on Auschwitz and the chief curator of "Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away." At 3pm, Dr. van Pelt will speak about his curation of this very timely exhibition, the largest and most comprehensive of its kind. He will then be joined in conversation by Rabbi Joseph Potasnik of the New York Board of Rabbis to discuss the recent rise in antisemitic attacks.
Tickets start at $20. The event will be presented at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture at 18 Bleecker Street; just take the 6 train to Bleecker Street. For more information about the event, click the link below: http://bit.ly/2uag8Yu

This event, presented by The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture and the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, takes place at The Sheen Center , 18 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012. In collaboration with the Museum of Jewish Heritage, The Sheen Center presents Dr. Robert Ja...

01/23/2020

"By Chance Alone" with author Max Eisen: At 15, Max Eisen was saved from certain death in Auschwitz by a Polish physician who employed him as a cleaner in his operating room. His remarkable memoir By Chance Alone received Canada’s top literary award in 2019.

Celebrating the launch of the book’s American edition, Eisen will be in conversation with Emmy-winning 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl and joined by Phyllis Greenberg Heideman, President, International March of the Living; Eli Rubenstein, National Director, March of the Living Canada, and Cantor Aviva Rajsky. Introductory remarks by Mark Gordon, Executive Committee, USC Shoah Foundation Board of Councilors.

National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's "Fiddler on the Roof" closed to magnificent reviews. Read The New York Times artic...
01/22/2020
The Role of a Career in ‘Fiddler,’ and He Might Even Keep the Beard

National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's "Fiddler on the Roof" closed to magnificent reviews. Read The New York Times article below to learn more about the show, which Steven Skybell (Tevye) described as the "apex of [his] career." https://nyti.ms/2N8W9zW

Steven Skybell was finally the right age for Tevye. Little did he know that when the time came, the show would be in Yiddish, and for a surprisingly long run that ended Sunday.

At 15, Max Eisen was saved from certain death in Auschwitz by a Polish physician who employed him as a cleaner in his op...
01/20/2020

At 15, Max Eisen was saved from certain death in Auschwitz by a Polish physician who employed him as a cleaner in his operating room. His remarkable memoir, "By Chance Alone" received Canada’s top literary award in 2019. Celebrating the launch of the book’s American edition, we will host Eisen in conversation with Emmy-winning 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl on January 22 at 7pm. They will be joined by Phyllis Greenberg Heideman, President of International March of the Living, Eli Rubenstein, National Director at March of the Living Canada, and Cantor Aviva Rajsky. Introductory remarks will be made by Mark Gordon, USC Shoah Foundation Executive Committee.

Co-presented with Consulate General of Canada in New York, HarperCollins, International March of the Living, and USC Shoah Foundation.

This event is free, but advance registration is recommended and available at the link here: http://bit.ly/2NyghvL

Thank you to all who joined us for "Soul to Soul," presented by National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene. This Martin Luther ...
01/20/2020

Thank you to all who joined us for "Soul to Soul," presented by National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene. This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we remember Dr. King's adage that, "the time is always right to do what is right."

Thank you to the cast and panelists who participated in the Theater of War Productions show, "The Investigation," yester...
01/17/2020

Thank you to the cast and panelists who participated in the Theater of War Productions show, "The Investigation," yesterday evening. We are honored to have joined with National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene to present the story of the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trials of 1963-1965 on our stage and for the meaningful discussion with the audience that followed.

Featuring: Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”), Kathryn Erbe (“Law & Order: Criminal Intent”), John Doman (“The Wire”), Zach Grenier (“The Good Wife”), NYC Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams (Antigone in “Ferguson”), Jennifer Mudge (“The Irishman”), Josh Hamilton (“Eighth Grade”), Consolee Nishimwe (Rwandan Genocide Survivor), Jacqueline Murekatete (Rwandan Genocide Survivor), Marjolaine Goldsmith (“Dress”), Chris Henry Coffey (“Chicago Fire”), David Patrick Kelly (“Twin Peaks”), and cellist Sofia Novik. Panelists included: Holocaust survivors Ruth Zimbler and Fred Terna, 3G Amy Mittelman, and Sareve Lawson of Jericho Walkers Fellowship.

Soul to Soul, the emotionally-captivating, theatrical concert that explores the parallels of African American and Jewish...
01/17/2020

Soul to Soul, the emotionally-captivating, theatrical concert that explores the parallels of African American and Jewish history, will take place on the Museum's stage this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend on Sunday, Jan 19 at 2pm. Presented by National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, Soul to Soul will include, for the first time, the participation of Oscar and Grammy-nominated IMPACT Repertory Theatre. The program was conceived and directed by NYTF Artistic Director Zalmen Mlotek, and it stars Lisa Fishman, Cantor Magda Fishman, Elmore James, and Tony Perry. This program is presented in Yiddish and English with English subtitles.

Tickets start at $35. Visit NYTF.org or call (866) 811-4111 to purchase.

Today the New York City Department of Education and the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust a...
01/16/2020

Today the New York City Department of Education and the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust announced an expanded partnership as part of the City’s commitment to implementing hate crime awareness programming in schools across New York City. This includes free admission to the Museum, now available to all NYC public school students and up to three members of their families. This expanded partnership builds on the DOE’s existing relationship with the Museum, which includes the development of the Museum of Jewish Heritage Holocaust Curriculum (HolocaustCurriculum.nyc) and partnering with the Museum to provide professional development to teachers. Read about it here: https://on.nyc.gov/30n7odw

Pictured: Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza and Deborah Lauter, the Executive Director for the NYC Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes, with students from PS 84, at the announcement of the expanded partnership and prior to their tour of “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.”

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Spent two hours yesterday at the excellent and important "Auschwitz - Not Long Ago. Not Far Away" exhibition at the Jewish Heritage Museum in lower Manhattan. Frightening resonance with current events . Very good audioguide included in the price.
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Thank you. Bless you.
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Visited when in New York, very moving.
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I wonder if anyone can identify this old synagogue for me. I assume it's long gone. Thanks.
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