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The Inheritance to Screen at HMLC

The next film in the Sandra and Mendel Rosenberg Sunday Afternoon Film Series will be The Inheritance, screening at 1 pm on October 26, 2014, in the Holocaust Museum’s theatre in Jewish Federation Kopolow Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive.  This powerful documentary traces Monika Hertwig’s journey to accept the truth about her father Amon Goeth, the vicious Nazi commander portrayed by Ralph Fiennes in the film Schindler’s List. Monica reaches out to Helen Jonas-Rosenzweig, a woman who had been enslaved by her father during the war. More than 60 years after Goeth’s execution for war crimes, the two women meet, bringing closure, yet raising new questions. This 2006 film, with a running time of 75 minutes, will be screened in English with some subtitled German. Introductory remarks and a post screening discussion will be facilitated by Brad Prager, associate professor of Film Studies and German at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His publications include a book on the German director Werner Herzog and an edited volume entitled, Visualizing the Holocaust: Documents, Aesthetics, Memory (2008).  Films in this Sunday series are free and open to the public. For further information, call 314-442-3714 or email...

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Lecture on the Holocaust, the Vatican and the Jews Presented at HMLC

“The Holocaust, the Vatican and the Jews” will be the subject of a lecture by Dr. Susan Zuccotti, on Tuesday, October 28 at 7:00 pm, presented by the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center. Dr. Susan Zuccotti will address the complex questions of how much Pius XII, pope from 1939 to 1959, knew about the Holocaust as well as examine his and the Catholic Church’s actions and inactions during this period. While defenders claim Pius XII was directly or indirectly responsible for saving hundreds of thousands of Jews, detractors assert his lack of overt action and relative silence. Dr. Zuccotti will draw on her decades-long, ongoing research on the role of the Pope and the Vatican during the Holocaust. A light reception will follow this presentation in Jewish Federation Kopolow Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive; dietary laws observed. This program is open to the public and free of charge but seating is limited and reservations are required. This program is generously sponsored by Doctor Arthur and Marilyn (in loving memory) Gale and Family. For further information or to RSVP, please contact Andrew Goldfeder at 314-442-3711 or AGoldfeder@JFedSTL.org. After receiving her Ph.D. in modern European history from Columbia University, Dr. Zuccotti taught Holocaust and general Western European history at Columbia and Barnard Colleges in New York City and at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.    Her numerous publications include,  The Italians and the Holocaust: Persecution, Rescue, and Survival  (1987), and  Under His Very Windows: The Vatican and the Holocaust in Italy, (2000),  which  received the National Jewish Book Award for Jewish-Christian Relations and the Sybil Halpern Milton Prize of the German Studies Association....

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Lore to Screen at HMLC

The next film in the Sandra and Mendel Rosenberg Sunday Afternoon Film Series will be Lore, screening at 1 pm on September 28 in the Holocaust Museum’s theatre in Jewish Federation Kopolow Building at 12 Millstone Campus Drive. Abandoned by their Nazi parents, five German siblings, led by 14-year-old Lore, embark on a harrowing journey across their country, after the war’s end. This lyrical coming-of-age tale provides an unforgettable look at the human legacy of the Holocaust. Produced in 2012, Lore will screenin German with English subtitles, with a running time of 108 minutes. Introductory remarks and a post screening discussion will be facilitated by Jennifer Kapzynski, associate professor of German at Washington University, focusing on 20th century literature and film. In 2008, Dr. Kapzynski published The German Patient: Crisis and Recovery in Postwar Culture and was co-editor of A New History of German Cinema, 2012.  Films in this Sunday series are free and open to the public.  For further information, call 314-442-3714 or email...

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Jewish Community Seeks to Identify Holocaust Survivors to Receive Claims Conference Funds

The Jewish community is looking to identify if St. Louis has enough Holocaust survivors to determine if our community can become eligible to receive Claims Conference funds to help survivors in their elder years. This is the first step in establishing whether or not St. Louis can apply for Claims Conference status to receive these funds. Federation, in partnership with Covenant Place, Crown Center, Holocaust Museum and Learning Center, Jewish Family & Children’s Service, and St. Louis NORC, is asking for the assistance of the community to identify survivors who lived in a Nazi occupied region during the Holocaust or who were displaced from their homes as a result of Nazi oppression between 1938 and 1945. Please fill out the survey at the link at JFedSTL.org/claims if you lived in any area of Nazi occupation or terror from 1938-1945, including all of the occupied western areas of the former Soviet Union: Northern Caucasus between August 1942 and February 1943 Pskov Region, Russia between June 1941 and July 1944 Latvia and Lithuania between June 1941 and October 1944 (Kurland was liberated in May 1945) Estonia between June 1941 and October 1944 Belarus between June 1941 and April 1944 Ukraine between 1941 and liberation in March 1944 (although the part of Ukraine was liberated earlier, such as Kiev, in November 1943) Leningrad/St. Petersburg between June 1941 and January 1944 (Jews who survived the Leningrad siege) There will be an informational meeting on October 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm at Jewish Federation Kopolow Building located at 12 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146.  A Russian translator will be...

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Lecture on the Holocaust in Salonika presented at HMLC

Lecture on the Holocaust in Salonika presented at HMLC

The destruction of the Jewish community of Salonika, a major port city in northern Greece, will be the focus of a presentation at the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center on Sunday, September 21 at 1:00 pm. Once the largest and most vibrant Sephardic community in Europe, the Jews of Salonika suffered one of the highest mortality rates of any Jewish population during the Holocaust. Drawing on twelve years of archival research in Judeo-Spanish, Greek, Hebrew, French and German, Dr. Devin Naar will present the little known history of the destruction of the Jewish community of Salonika, once known as the “Jerusalem of the Balkans.” Dr. Devin Naar, an alumnus of Washington University, is currently the Marsha and Jay Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies, Assistant Professor of History, and Chair of the Sephardic Studies Program at the University of Washington in Seattle. The presentation, open to the public and free of charge, will be in the HMLC Theater at the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive. This program is generously sponsored by the Rubin (of blessed memory) and Gloria Feldman Family Education Institute of the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center. Reception to follow; dietary laws observed. For further information, contact Dan Reich at 314-442-3714 or email...

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Hannah Arendt to Screen at HMLC

Hannah Arendt to Screen at HMLC

The next film in the Sandra and Mendel Rosenberg Sunday Afternoon Film Series will be Hannah Arendt, screening at 1pm on August 24, 2014, in the Holocaust Museum’s theatre in the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive. Barbara Sukowa gives a dynamic, nuanced performance as Hannah Arendt, the German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist. Arendt created controversy and notoriety with her writings on the role of Jewish councils during the Holocaust and Adolf Eichmann and the “banality of evil.” Directed by Margarethe von Trotta, Hannah Arendt, will screenin English with some subtitled German, French and Hebrew, with a running time of 113 minutes. Introductory remarks and a post screening discussion will be facilitated by Erin McGlothlin, associate professor of German and Jewish Studies at Washington University. In 2006, Dr. McGlothlin published Second Generation Holocaust Literature: Legacies of Survival and Perpetration. Films in this Sunday series are free and open to the public. For further information, call 314-442-3714 or email...

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Films on the Legacy of the Holocaust to Screen at HMLC

Films on the Legacy of the Holocaust to Screen at HMLC

The next film program in the Sandra and Mendel Rosenberg Sunday Afternoon Film Series will be on July 27th at 1pm in the Holocaust Museum’s theater in the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive. The program will include two films dealing with the impact of the Holocaust on the next generation, as examined in two short films, both St. Louis premieres. Finding Kalman (30 minutes), a 2011 intergenerationaldocumentary, focuses on how a survivor inspires her family to connect with relatives they have never met. Filmmaker Roz Jacobs attempts to “know” her Uncle Kalman by repeatedly painting his image. Co-directed by Laurie Weisman. The 2010 film, Second Generation: Ripples From the Holocaust (30 minutes), documents the difficulties and challenges of growing up as children of Holocaust survivors and how the trauma of their parents’ experiences impact the second generation. Introductory remarks and a post screening discussion will be facilitated by Sylvia L. Ginsparg, a psychoanalyst in private practice, and Clinical Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at St. Louis University. Her 2010 book, “Never Again: Echoes of the Holocaust as Understood Through Film,” was recently updated and reissued in 2013. Films in this Sunday series are free and open to the public. For further information, call 314-442-3711 or email agoldfeder@jfedstl.org....

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HMLC to Commemorate Tisha B’Av with Special Film Program

The Holocaust Museum and Learning Center will screen a special film to commemorate Tisha B’Av, the ninth day of the Jewish month of Av. This date in the Hebrew calendar marks the destruction of both the first and second temples in Jerusalem, and several other tragic events in Jewish history. The film will take place Tuesday, August 5 at 2:00 p.m. in the HMLC theatre at Jewish Federation Kopolow Building. V’nikdashti (and I Will Be Sanctified), a documentary directed by Rabbi Dovid Bernstein and distributed by Torah Umesorah, is comprised of survivors sharing powerful testimonies regarding acts of faith and courage during the Holocaust. V’nikdashti is in English, with some subtitled Yiddish and has a running time of 45 minutes. Rabbi Ze’ev Smason of Nusach Hari-B’nai Zion Congregation will lead a discussion following the screening. This program is free of charge and open to the public. For information please call 442-3711 or email agoldfeder@jfedstl.org. For more information please contact Dan Reich at 314-442-3714 or email...

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Writer Sholem Alechem Celebrated in Music and on Film at the Holocaust Museum

Will Soll’s Klezmer Conspiracy will perform a concert titled “Varshavski Cabaret” on Sunday, June 29 at noon in the Holocaust Museum Theatre in the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive. The program will precede a 1 pm screening of Sholem Aleichem: Laughter in the Darkness, the next film in the museum’s Sandra and Mendel Rosenberg Sunday Afternoon Film Series. The film, a riveting portrait of the great writer whose stories became the basis of the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof, portrays a rebellious genius who created an entirely new genre of literature. The musical program will feature songs by Mark Varshavski, a contemporary of Sholem Aleichem who was great supporter of his work and composer of “Der alef-beyz,” better known as “Oyfn Pripetshik.”  Other songs, including selections with lyrics by Sholem Aleichem, will also be performed. Introductory remarks and a post-screening discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Ethan Schuman, dentist and chazzan by profession, Yiddishist and violinist by avocation. Dr. Schuman has traveled the world seeking out remnants of Jewish communities in need. This program is free and open to the public.  The film has a running time of 90 minutes. For further information, call 314-442-3714 or email...

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28 Teens Win in 12th Annual Holocaust Museum Art & Writing Contest

28 Teens Win in 12th Annual Holocaust Museum Art & Writing Contest

More than $2,800 in cash awarded to winners chosen from nearly 900 middle and senior high school student entries More than $2800 in cash prizes will be awarded to 28 winners of Holocaust Museum and Learning Center’s 12th annual Art and Writing Contest at an awards ceremony Monday, May 12, at 7 pm, in the Holocaust Museum theater in the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building. There were nearly 900 submissions to the contest, from students in middle schools and high schools throughout the bi-state area. Submissions came from as far away as the Ozarks in Missouri and suburban Chicago in Illinois. The judges also selected art and writing from Indianapolis, Indiana and Hartford, Connecticut. “The Art and Writing contest is a wonderful opportunity for young people who have visited the museum or studied the Holocaust in their classrooms to respond creatively to what they have learned,” said Rachel Katzman, chair of this year’s contest. “Many of the submissions show amazing sensitivity and depth of understanding. This important outreach program was established with the support of Dr. Ira (of blessed memory) and Judy Gall, and we are so appreciative of Judy’s continued participation.” As in previous years, the contest is dedicated to the memory of the 1.5 million children who perished during the Holocaust and in honor of the Galls’ grandchildren. Winning submissions will be displayed in the Holocaust Museum Theater and at other locations to be determined. Judges for the visual art entries were John Lesser, retired curator of the art gallery, JCC and JCC Cultural Arts Staff, artist Jill Rosenberg, and Roseann Weiss, Regional Arts Commission. Judges for writing were Judi Scissors, retired educator, Pat Lorraine Simons, educator and author, and Sandy Snodgrass, retired teacher, currently with Webster University. Winners of the 2014 Art and Writing Contest are:   VISUAL ARTS–Division 1, Middle School FIRST PLACE–$300 The Ghetto Marwa Abdelkader Wentzville South Middle School 8th Grade Teacher: Ms. Elaina Knapp   SECOND PLACE–$200 The Story Chloe Shen Park Tudor School 6th Grade Teacher: Ms. Kathy Campbell   THIRD PLACE–$100 Hidden Identity Taylor Branson LaSalle Springs Middle School 8th Grade Teacher: Ms. Lori Kitrel   HONORABLE MENTIONS–$25 Fading Ella Tobias Park Tudor School 8th Grade Teacher: Ms. Kathy Campbell   Caged in With Separation Riley Schaefer LaSalle Springs Middle School 8th Grade Teacher: Ms. Amber Phelps   Where There Is Hope Isabelle Steinlage Holy Infant School 8th Grade Teacher: Ms. Chris Gillian   Hold On Courtney St. John LaSalle Springs Middle School 8th Grade Teacher: Ms. Kathryn Kowalik   Trampled Tears Lauren Ferrari Holy Infant School 8th Grade Teacher: Ms. Chris Gillian   My Holocaust Memorial Chase Schroeder South Point Elementary 6th Grade Teacher: Ms. Grace Assouad   In Remembrance Megan Gross Black Hawk Middle School 7th Grade Teacher: Mr. Steven Koehler   VISUAL ARTS–Division 2, High School FIRST PLACE–$300 Hands Through Struggle Kevin Herber Christian Brothers College High School 12th Grade Teacher: Mr. Charles Beach   SECOND PLACE–$200 Forget Your Family, Forget Your Home, Forget Your Name Maddie Murphy Lafayette High School 12th Grade Teacher: Ms. Lauren Sakowski   THIRD PLACE–$100 Broken Souls Jessica Campbell Wentzville Holt High School 11th Grade Teacher: Ms. Lisa Bopp   HONORABLE MENTIONS–$25 Through the Eyes of a Child Annie Woodard St. Charles West High School 11th Grade Teacher: Ms. Gail Gengler   Work...

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