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Special Lecture by Barbara Kirschenblatt-Gimblett: What’s Happening with Poland?
The Role of Museums in Historical Debates

Thursday, October 11, 2018
Presentation at 7 pm | Reception to follow (dietary laws observed)
Jewish Federation of St. Louis, Board Room, 12 Millstone Campus Drive, 63146

Recent efforts in Poland to dictate how the history of the Holocaust should be told have placed museums in the crosshairs of the politics of history. Museums can play a vital role in presenting difficult histories in ways that are authoritative, without being authoritarian, while remaining “zones of trust,” where difficult historical moments can be confronted and discussed. Dr. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett will explore these issues, focusing on the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which she helped found. The museum won the European Museum of the Year Award in 2016.

Dr. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett is the Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland. She is also Professor Emerita of Performance Studies at New York University. She was honored for lifetime achievement by the Foundation for Jewish Culture and was decorated with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland. She serves on advisory boards for the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Council of American Jewish Museums, Jewish Museum Vienna, Jewish Museum Berlin, and the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow.

This program is open to the public and free of charge. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For further information or to RSVP, please contact the Holocaust Museum at 314-432-0020.

This program is sponsored by the Rubin and Gloria Feldman Family Education Institute of the Holocaust Museum & Learning Center, a department of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, and is part of a series of lectures presented by Dr. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, sponsored by Saint Louis Polonia. For information about other programs, please contact Jarek Czernikiewicz at 314-323-3841 or JCzernik@StLouisPolonia.org.


The Annual Rubin Feldman Lecture
Stars that Pierce the Darkness – Jewish Heroism in the Face of Evil
Presented by Rabbi Shmuel Klein
October 28, 2018
Holocaust Museum & Learning Center Theater, 12 Millstone Campus Drive, 63146

Rabbi Shmuel Klein will explore profiles of valor among Jews during the Shoah as well as the circumstances and characteristics that enabled this courage.

Rabbi Shmuel Yaakov Klein (B.A and M. Ed., University of Toronto) is the Director of Zechor Yemos Olam, the Holocaust Studies division of Torah Umesorah. A child of Holocaust survivors, Rabbi Klein has authored and/or translated numerous volumes of Holocaust literature. He teaches Holocaust Studies to history instructors in venues including high schools, seminaries, fellowship programs, and at multiple day seminars.

Rabbi Klein wrote and narrated the DVD, Strike on Heaven, which traces the Third Reich’s agenda for eliminating all traces of the Jewish legacy.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please contact Dan Reich at 314-442-3714 or DReich@JFedSTL.org, or the AISH office at 314-862-2474 or CWolff@Aish.com.

Generously sponsored by AISH and the Rubin (of blessed memory) and Gloria Feldman Family Educational Institute of the Holocaust Museum & Learning Center.

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