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Informative Lectures, Films and Presentations Teach Lessons of the Holocaust During Holocaust Education Week

The legacy of the Holocaust will be considered from cultural, academic and personal perspectives through a series of enlightening film presentations, lectures and community discussions during Holocaust Education Week, January 27-February 1, 2019, at various locations throughout Miami-Dade County.

Holocaust Education Week is a community-wide program of the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach, a Committee of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. All events are free of charge and open to the public. Due to limited seating, those wishing to attend Holocaust Education Week events are encouraged to make advance reservations by clicking the links below or callling 305.538.1663.

“In memory of our father, Auschwitz survivor Siggi B. Wilzig, and our mother, Naomi Wilzig”
Donated by their children, Ivan, Sherry and Alan

Sunday, January 27, 1:00 PM | Click Here to RSVP
Righteous Gentiles:  Why Did They Do It?
With psychologist and scholar Dr. Eva Fogelman

Holocaust Memorial
1933 Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach

If they had been caught it would have cost them their lives and their families, yet all over Nazi Occupied Europe thousands of non-Jews risked everything to save, hide and rescue Jews. Why did they help? What motivated them? Join Dr. Eva Fogelman, a psychologist and specialist on second and third generation Holocaust Survivors in an exploration of the altruism of the rescuers. Dr. Fogelman maintains a private practice in New York City and is a researcher on Holocaust Survivors and their descendants. She is the author of the book, Conscience and Courage: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust.

Monday, January 28, 7:00 PM | Click Here to RSVP
Film Screening:
Amnesia – The Pogrom Erased From Memory
With post-film discussion

Temple Sinai North Dade
18801 NE 22nd Avenue, Miami

On July 4, 1946, in Kielce, Poland, soldiers, police officers and towns people killed 42 Jews and injured 40 of their Jewish neighbors, survivors of the Holocaust. This pogrom was all but lost from history. Journalist Piotr Piwowaczyk, who grew up in Kielce never heard of this event until well into adulthood, years after he had left Poland. He returns to his childhood home, searching for answers, confronting his own family’s complicity in the violence. In an era with rising anti-Semitism, this film is extremely relevant today in revealing and confronting the legacy of this form of hatred in Europe and around the world. 
Directed by documentary filmmaker Jerzy Sladkowski.

Americans, Refugees and the Holocaust
With Holocaust scholar Dr. Rebecca Erbelding

Tuesday, January 29, 11:15 AM | Click Here to RSVP
Miami Dade College – Homestead Campus
500 College Terrace, Building F, Room F222

Tuesday, January 29, 7:00 PM | Click Here to RSVP
Temple Beth Sholom
4144 Chase Ave. Miami Beach

How did Americans and the US government respond to news of the Holocaust? During World War II, what could have been done to save Jews? Why did President Roosevelt eventually authorize the War Refugee Board, and how did the WRB work to save lives?" Historian Dr. Rebecca Erbelding will offer insight to these questions and a little known chapter of Holocaust history. 

Dr. Erbelding is the author of Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America's Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe (Doubleday, April 2018). She has worked as a historian, curator, and archivist for fifteen years and holds a PhD in American history from George Mason University.

Wednesday, January 30, 7:00 PM | Click Here to RSVP
Film Screening – U.S. Premiere!
The Forgotten
With post-film discussion

Temple Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus
20350 NE 26th Avenue, North Miami Beach

The fate of the Jews of Yugoslavia is a little known chapter of World War II. This documentary follows Stella, a young Israeli born in Yugoslavia, who discovers her great-grandfather was a Muslim Righteous Among the Nations who hid a Jewish family during the Nazi occupation. She travels with Survivors from each region, interviewing them on location to reveal the dramatic history of what happened to the Jews from this Balkan country. Directed by Nitza Gonen and produced by the Israeli Organization of Immigrants from Ex- Yugoslavia.

Thursday, January 31, 2:00 PM | Click here to RSVP
The Nazi Titanic - A Tragedy Lost in History
With historian and author Robert Watson

Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center
20400 NE 30th Avenue, Aventura

The German luxury ocean liner SS Cap Arcona was used by the Nazis as a troop transport and in WWII’s final days, was packed with concentration camp prisoners. Just days before Germany surrendered, the Cap Arcona was mistakenly bombed by the British Royal Air Force, and nearly all of the prisoners were killed in the last major tragedy of the Holocaust and one of history's worst maritime disasters. Historian Robert Watson discovered this forgotten story, sealed in British archives for over 60 years. Dr. Watson, author of more than 40 books is the Distinguished Professor of American History and Director of Project Civitas at Lynn University and serves as Senior Fellow with Sen. Bob Graham’s Florida Joint Center for Citizenship.

Friday, February 2, 9:30 AM
Black Box Theatre: Encounter with Holocaust Survivors

Miami Beach Senior High School
2231 Prairie Avenue,  Miami Beach
(10th, 11th and 12th grade students only)

Students spend the morning with two Holocaust Survivor’s Allan Hall (pictured left) and Fred Mulbauer (pictured right), volunteers at the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach who will share their first–hand experiences. Through meaningful conversation with the survivors, students will get insight into the World War II years and how these survivors forged new lives in a new country.

Moderator David Reese is a language arts teacher in his 19th year with Miami-Dade Public Schools.

All events are free and open to the public.

Holocaust Education Week is a community-wide program of the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach, a Committee of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.

For more information and to RSVP, click on the above links or call 305.538.1663.

Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach

Sidney Pertnoy

Sharon S. Horowitz
Executive Director

Daniel Reed
Education Coordinator

Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff
Chairperson, Holocaust Education Committee, HMMB

In cooperation with:  City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council * Miami Dade College – Homestead Campus * Miami Dade County Public Schools Department of Social Sciences * University of Miami Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies * Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center * Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus * Temple Beth Sholom * Temple Sinai North Dade * With special thanks to the Florida Department of Education * Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture

Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach
1933-1945 Meridian Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139 | 305.538.1663