With Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, coming up this Thursday, April 19, there are a variety of commemorations and events taking place this week in the NYC area, and around the nation, as part of the annual Days of Remembrance (April 15-22, 2012).
Attending Yom Hashoah commemorations is a great way for 3Gs to participate in the Holocaust remembrance community’s events and feel connected to his/her family history and legacy on this solemn day. There are many Jewish and Holocaust-focused organizations that co-sponsor these commemorations, and attending one can be a good way to learn more about the organizations out there and get involved further with one that makes sense for your particular interests.
Not from the NYC area and looking for a Holocaust commemoration to attend? Check out the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s interactive map of nationwide commemorations to find one near you.
Here are a few Yom Hashoah commemorations happening in and around New York this week, several co-sponsored by 3GNY: A NYC-based Group for Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors:
YOM HASHOAH COMMEMORATIONS:
SELFHELP NEXTGEN, 3GNY
Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 7 pm – Reception; 8pm – Program
The Museum of Tolerance, 226 E. 42nd St, New York, NY (between 2nd and 3rd Avenue)
Please join Selfhelp Nextgen and 3GNY as we hear a story of survival and resistance from a client of Selfhelp’s Nazi Victim Services program. Remarks will also be made by 3GNY’s Dan Brooks, and there will be presented a moving video on liberation by the Museum of Tolerance.
Space is limited. Click here to register today.
“Fulfilling the Promise”
Begun in 1936 to help those fleeing Nazi Germany, today, Selfhelp is the oldest and largest organization in North American providing comprehensive services to Holocaust survivors including: case management, home care, financial assistance and much more. Selfhelp’s mission is to provide them with every opportunity to live with the comfort and dignity they so richly deserve.
Selfhelp will always remain committed to the promise made by our founder “to serve as the last surviving relative to victims of Nazi persecution.”
Co-sponsored by 3GNY
INSTITUTE ON HUMAN RIGHTS & THE HOLOCAUST, AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF JEWISH LAWYERS & JURISTS, 3GNY
Thursday, April 19, 2012, 4-6 pm
Touro College, 43 W. 23rd St, 8th Floor Conference Room, New York, NY
Free admission; refreshments served
Mr. Alan Moskin, 66th infantry, 71st Division
Concentration Camp Liberator
Dr. Eva Fogelman, psychologist
Renowned Holocaust analyst, author and producer
Alan Moskin was born in Englewood, NJ on May 30, 1926. Drafted into the army at age 18, he began his service with U.S. Army in September 1944. A member of the 66thInfantry, 71st Division, his company participated in the liberation of the Gunskirchen concentration camp, a sub-camp of Mauthausen, in May of 1945. After the war ended, Mr. Moskin remained in Europe until June 1946 as a member of the U.S. Army of Occupation.
Dr. Eva Fogelman was born in a displaced persons camp in Kassel, Germany after the War. She has done seminal research on non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust, and wrote a Pulitzer Prize nominated book, Conscience and Courage: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust. She is also the writer and co-producer of the award-winning documentary Breaking the Silence: The Generation After the Holocaust (PBS).
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Co-sponsored by 3GNY
HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL & TOLERANCE CENTER OF NASSAU COUNTY
Sunday, April 15, 2012, 2 pm
Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center, 100 Crescent Beach Rd, Glen Cove, NY
Free admission; donations are greatly appreciated ($20 adults, $10 seniors)
Honoring Ludovit Feld, the Little Giant: Artist, Rescuer, and Auschwitz Survivor
Featured speaker: Silvia Fishbaum, Feld’s former art student and lifelong friend
Premier showing of Feld’s work in the United States!
Special Exhibit: April 15 – June 30, 2012
Ludovit Feld and his family were deported in 1944, first to the Kosice Ghetto, and three weeks later to Auschwitz. Upon arriving at Auschwitz, Mengele selected Feld for medical experimentation because he was a dwarf. Feld was kept alive for his artistic talent. Housed together with “Mengele’s twins,” Feld hid several of them, ensuring their rescue.
Ludovit Feld’s collection has been displayed in England, Hungary, Slovakia, and Israel, but for the first time, this private Holocaust art collection will be on display in the United States. Only two original pieces drawn in the ghetto are known to have survived; one is hanging in Yad Vashem’s museum, and the other will be on display at the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center.
ANNUAL GATHERING OF REMEMBRANCE
Sunday, April 22, 2012, 2 pm
Congregation Emanu-El, Fifth Avenue & 65th Street, New York, NY
In the community-wide observance for Yom HaShoah, the Museum, the Warsaw Ghetto Resistance Organization, and the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants co-sponsor New York’s oldest and largest Holocaust commemoration ceremony.
More than 2,000 survivors and their families are joined by elected officials and other members of the community in a memorial service that fulfills the sacred Jewish obligation to remember. Holocaust survivors participate with their children and grandchildren in a moving and symbolic candle-lighting ceremony that physically demonstrates the importance and power of passing memories from one generation to the next.
If you cannot join us for the commemoration, you can listen to the live audio of this solemn gathering, courtesy of Congregation Temple Emanu-El. Streaming audio is best heard using DSL or cable internet. You will be able to listen to the audio when the widget (to appear on the right) says PLAY, just a few minutes before 2 p.m. (NYC time) on Sunday, April 22.