Film Presentations, Virtual Tours and Informative Lectures Offered During Holocaust Education Week

The legacy of the Holocaust will be considered through cultural, scholarly and personal perspectives through a series of enlightening film presentations, lectures and community discussions during Holocaust Education Week, November 9-13, 2020.

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

All programming will be virtual and is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. Access to each event will be e-mailed following registration confirmation.

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


Sunday, November 8, 10 a.m - Monday, November 9, 4 p.m.
In Commemoration of Kristallnacht: Night of Broken Glass 
Exploring the Holocaust Through Film 
Join the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach, Greater Miami Jewish Federation and Miami Jewish Film Festival for a day of films examining the Holocaust. The curated selections can be streamed free of charge beginning Sunday, November 8, 10 a.m. 

We suggest viewing the films in the following order: Protektor, Night of Broken Glass, Voyage of the St. Louis, Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious Georges’ Creators, Buchenwald Ball, The Forgotten Ones and Names, Not Numbers.

Click here for more information or email Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach Education Coordinator Daniel Reed at


 Monday, November 9, 11 a.m. 
Who Will Write Our History: A Conversation with Director Roberta Grossman

Join Roberta Grossman, writer, director and producer of the documentary, Who Will Write Our History for a discussion about her film, the creative process and the importance this film has in Holocaust history. Who Will Write Our History reveals the bravery of a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders in the Warsaw Ghetto, led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum, who decided to fight back, vowing to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda with pen and paper by creating an archive of the truth.

Moderated by Sharon Horowitz, Executive Director, Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach.

*Participants are strongly encouraged to view the film Who Will Write Our History (37-minute version) prior to the event. It can be accessed for free, beginning November 2, here.

Roberta Grossman is the writer, producer and director of four documentaries about Jewish history and culture as well as films about women’s rights and Native American contemporary struggles. She is the co-founder of the nonprofit production company Katahdin Productions and is a three-time recipient of National Endowment for the Arts Grants. She speaks to students and communities about Jewish and documentary film making as a tool for social justice.

Sharon Horowitz is the Executive Director of the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach. A founder of the March of the Living in South Florida, she has created the International March of the Living curriculum and led thousands of students and adults through the concentration camps in Eastern Europe.


Monday, November 9, 7 p.m. 
Join the Community for a Virtual Commemoration of Kristallnacht: The Night of Broken Glass
"The Spark that Ignited the Holocaust" 

One of the most tragic days in modern Jewish history, Kristallnacht will be commemorated on the 82nd anniversary of the event. Widely considered to be a major turning point in Hitler’s campaign to annihilate the Jewish people, Kristallnacht was marked by a series of coordinated attacks in Germany and parts of Austria November 9-10, 1938. Join the community for an online program honoring the victims and Survivors of this event.

Monday, November 9, 9 p.m. 
Watch Harbor from the Holocaust on South Florida's Public Television Station WPBT-2 Miami
Watch the story of nearly 20,000 Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II to the Chinese port city of Shanghi. Explore the extraordinary relationship of these Jews and their adopted city of Shanghi, even through the bitter years of Japanese occupation in 1937-1945 and the Chinese civil war that followed.

Click here to watch the trailer.

Tuesday, November 10, 11 a.m.
The Holocaust Through Art and Writing: How Was It Humanly Possible? 
With Liz Elsby, Holocaust educator, artist and guide at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, in Jerusalem, Israel. 

Artist and Holocaust educator Liz Elsby will explore the artistic aspects of Holocaust-themed paintings and writing, together with the context in which they were created and the questions they raise about how was the Holocaust humanly possible. How is art a valuable tool to help us come to terms with and help deepen our understanding of the Holocaust as a human event?

Liz Elsby is a Holocaust educator and museum tour guide at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem. She also guides educational groups in Poland, Prague, Terezin and Berlin and educates teachers in the US about the Holocaust through Yad Vashem and Echoes and Reflections. Liz is an artist, illustrator and graphic designer and lives with her family in Jerusalem.


Tuesday, November 10, 1 p.m.
Night of Broken Glass Film and Presentation* 
Moderated discussion about the film and significance of Kristallnacht in Holocaust history
With Daniel Reed, Education Coordinator, Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach

Kristallnacht, The Night of Broken Glass, which occurred November 9-10, 1938, was a two-day national pogrom against the Jews of Germany and is considered the antecedent of the Holocaust. Daniel Reed of the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach will present and discuss how this event came about and the significance of this little-known documentary, which, through rare footage, photographs and documents, reveals the background of how this nationwide pogrom was instituted against German Jews by their neighbors and the Nazi Regime.

*Participants are strongly encouraged to to view the film, Night of Broken Glass, prior to the event. It can be accessed for free, beginning November 2, here. The film is appropriate for middle- and high-school students.

Daniel Reed is the Education Coordinator at the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach. He is an experienced Holocaust educator and is responsible for supporting Holocaust education at the Memorial and in schools throughout the community. 


 Wednesday, November 11, 12:30 p.m. 
The Escape Artist: A Second Generation's Discovery of Her Jewish Roots
With Helen Fremont, author of the memoir The Escape Artist  
Moderated by Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff, Director of The University of Miami Holocaust Institute and District Holocaust Educator, Miami-Dade County Public Schools  

Helen Fremont was raised Roman Catholic and didn’t discover that her parents were Jewish Holocaust Survivors until well into adulthood. The Escape Artist is a powerful memoir about family secrets, discovery and embracing truth. It is a remarkable tale of survival, as vivid as fiction, while revealing the truth about parents, who, coping with unimaginable trauma, hid their family origins.

Helen Fremont is an award-winning author and essayist. She wrote the critically-acclaimed, national best-selling book After Long Silence. Her latest book, The Escape Artist, was selected as an Editor’s Choice new book by The New York Times in 2020.

Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff is Director of The University of Miami Holocaust Institute and District Holocaust Educator, Miami-Dade County Public Schools.  

Co-sponsored with the Miami Beach Jewish Community Center.


   Thursday, November 12, 1 p.m. 
The Anne Frank House: A Live Virtual Tour* 
Tour conducted by Aaron Peterer, Educational Projects Director and Morgan Bailey, Educator, Anne Frank House

Join us for a virtual tour of the Secret Annex in the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam to examine the extraordinary life of Anne Frank and how her legacy continues to inspire young people today. Led by educators from the Anne Frank House, this webinar will take you through an interactive live tour of the Secret Annex where she hid, lived and wrote her diary. Viewers will be able to explore the main house and attic as it was when she lived there.

*Participants are strongly encouraged to view the short film, The Short Life of Anne Frank, prior to the event. It can be accessed for free here

Aaron Peterer is the Educational Projects Director of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Morgan Bailey is an educator at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, Netherlands.


Thursday, November 12, 3 p.m. 
A Photographer's Vision of the Holocaust in Poland
with Silvio Frydman, professional photographer and Jewish communal professional

During multiple trips to concentration and death camps in Poland, Silvio Frydman documented one of the most despicable chapters of human civilization: the Holocaust. He will present a series of his photographs and interpretations encouraging the viewer to use art as therapy and healing and become “a witness for life.” These are a series of powerful and unforgettable images that ask the viewer to delve into the eternal question: How was this humanly possible?

Silvio D. Frydman is an artist/photographer and a Jewish communal professional who works for the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. He is fascinated with using art as therapy. He has curated his photographs from Poland into an exhibition called “Project 180: Witnesses for Life” and has exhibited locally at the Jewish Museum of Florida, Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach and the Michael-Ann Russell JCC.



Friday, November 13, 9:30 a.m. 
Running and Hiding From the Nazis: My Miraculous Escape From The Oncoming Holocaust 
With Survivor and Holocaust Educator Holocaust Educator Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff

Moderated by David Reese, Language Arts teacher, Miami Beach Senior High School 

In December,1941, Rabbi Maurice Klein, along with his wife and two young children, fled Nazi-occupied Slovakia. Their story of escape, survival and beginning a new life in a new land is one of resistance, resilience and rescue. Spend the morning with Holocaust Survivor Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff. She will share their first-hand experiences and story of survival.

Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff is Chairperson of the Holocaust Education Committee of the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach and District Holocaust Educator for Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

David Reese is a Language Arts teacher in his 18th year with Miami-Dade County Public Schools.


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 and open to the public.

For more information and to register for a specific event, please click the corresponding link above.

All events are online and registration is required in order to access each event. 

Program access information will be sent following registration. 

For questions or additional information please contact Daniel Reed at or

Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach

Sidney Pertnoy

Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff
Holocaust Education Committee Chair

Sharon S. Horowitz
Executive Director

Daniel Reed
Education Coordinator

In cooperation with: City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council * Miami Beach Jewish Community Center * Miami-Dade College * Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs * Miami-Dade County Public Schools Department of Social Sciences * The Miami Foundation * University of Miami Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies * 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 * With the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners and The Miami Foundation


Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach
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