UPCOMING EXHIBITS & EVENTS

Holocaust Museum Houston is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004. The museum is open to the public seven days a week, and general admission is free. All events are free and take place at Holocaust Museum Houston Morgan Family Center, unless otherwise noted. Listings may be subject to change. For more information, call 713-942-8000 or visit the museum’s Web site at www.hmh.org. Visit www.hmh.org/register.asp to RSVP for any event online.

EXHIBITS

Permanent Exhibit: “Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers”
Permanent Exhibit Hall
Authentic film footage, artifacts, photographs and documents show life in pre-war Europe, the Nazi move toward the “Final Solution” and life after the Holocaust. The exhibit includes a very rare and poignant collection of children’s shoes recovered from the Majdanek concentration camp near Lublin, Poland. The Museum’s newest permanent exhibit is an authentic World War II rail car of the type used to carry millions of people to their deaths.

“Through the Eyes of Children: The Rwanda Project”
Sept. 15, 2006 through Feb. 18, 2007
Central Gallery
“Through the Eyes of Children” is an exhibition of children’s photography from orphans of the Rwandan Genocide. A country roughly the size of Massachusetts and located in central Africa, Rwanda was the site of one of the most horrible events in history. As a result of ethnic clashes between the Hutu and Tutsi populations, the 1994 genocide left nearly 1 million people dead in approximately 100 days and caused the flight of 2 million internally displaced persons and 2 million refugees. The Rwanda Project began in 2000, conceived by photographer David Jiranek as a four-week photographic workshop inspired by and centered on the importance of the children’s perspective and experience. Children ranging in age from eight to 18 were given disposable cameras to photograph themselves and their community. The exhibit is the result of continuing photographic workshops for children who live at the Imbabazi Orphanage in Gisenyi, Rwanda.

“Scream the Truth at the World – Emanuel Ringelblum and the Hidden Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto”
Feb. 16 through July 29, 2007
Mincberg Gallery
In November 1940, historian Dr. Emanuel Ringelblum enlisted a few dozen men and women to document the life of Polish Jews during the war. They collected documents, diaries, manuscripts and other works created by Jews, Poles and Germans. They called their secret group Oyneg Shabbes (Sabbath Joy). Soon after Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, Oyneg Shabbes understood, as did few others, that the Nazis were engaged in the systematic murder of all Jews. The group buried its archive to preserve it for posterity. Ten tin boxes contained the first cache, and two milk cans contained the second. The first cache was unearthed in 1946 and the second in 1950. A third cache of documents has not been found. “Scream the Truth at the World – Emanuel Ringelblum and the Hidden Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto” was produced and is circulated by the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, New York City and the Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw.

“The Jews of Czestochowa: Coexistence – Holocaust-Memory”
Feb. 16 through July 29, 2007
Mincberg Gallery
Czestochowa, Poland – a city of 260,000 today and the site of the Jasna Góra Monastery – was also a major center of Jewish life for centuries. Some 40,000 Jews, constituting one-third of the city’s population, lived in Czestochowa just prior to World War II. Fewer than 100 Jews live there today. In 2004, an exhibition mounted in Czestochowa recounted the vitality and contributions of the once vibrant Jewish community with more than 300 items drawn from the city archives, the collection of the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw and private collections. The exhibit opens with a vibrant portrait of the Jewish community from the 17th century through the early 1900s, followed by an account of its near extinction during the Holocaust and life after World War II. The experiences of Czestochowa’s Jews and their Christian neighbors are poignantly illustrated through 348 photographs, maps, artifacts and biographical videos.

“Highlights from the Archive: The Lachmann Family Papers”
March 1 through Aug. 5, 2007
Boniuk Resource Center and Library
Arno, Lilly and Leo Lachmann emigrated from Berlin, Germany, where their family had lived for generations, to Shanghai in 1939. During World War II, Shanghai became a haven for Jewish refugees from Germany, Austria and Poland because it was the only place in the world where one could land without a visa or official paper of any kind. Highlighting documents from “The Lachmann Family Papers,” a collection held in the Holocaust Museum Houston archives, this exhibit illustrates how difficult Jewish emigration from Germany was during the Nazi regime.

“Shanghai: A Refuge During the Holocaust”
March 2 through Aug. 5, 2007
Central Gallery
“Shanghai: A Refuge During the Holocaust,” produced by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, documents the experience of more than 18,000 Jews who escaped from Nazi-occupied Europe to Shanghai, China between 1938 and 1940. Forced to flee their homeland, these Jews became “stateless refugees” and were denied entry into most countries. Several countries restricted the flow of immigration during the war, especially for Jewish refugees. As an open port, Shanghai was one of the very few places that stateless Jews could disembark without passports or visas. As a result, Shanghai became an important, life-saving refuge for thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. The exhibit, comprised of photographs and documents, presents the complex Jewish community in Shanghai that resulted from this emigration. The public is invited to a free preview reception at 6:30 p.m. on March 1, 2007. Visit www.hmh.org/register.asp to register online.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS & EVENTS

“Cultivating Coexistence: Student Forums for Middle and High Schools”
Feb. 22, March 7 and March 22, 2007
Avrohm I. Wiesenberg Classroom
The Cultivating Coexistence forums are interactive, student-engaged programs that bring together students from different schools to learn about ways to create a more peaceful and coexistent learning and community environment. The program includes a tour of Holocaust Museum Houston, a panel discussion of community leaders and time to focus on prejudice reduction and peaceful coexistence in students’ schools and living communities. Middle school forums are offered on Feb. 13 and March 7, 2007. High school forums are scheduled for Feb. 22 and March 22, 2007. Lunch is provided for participating students and faculty, with bus travel reimbursement of up to $150. For more information or to register, call Natalie Herzog at 713-942-8000, ext. 118 or e-mail education@hmh.org.

“Stop Genocide: Race to Save Darfur”
Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, 8 a.m.
Sam Houston Park, Allen Parkway at Bagby
Help 13-year-old Houstonian Danielle Levy in her effort to do something to help those impacted by the continuing genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan. This citywide, interfaith and inter-community event seeks to raise $100,000 to help the victims of Darfur. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the walk beginning at 10 a.m. There is no fee to participate, but donations are encouraged. For more information, visit the Young Judea Web site at www.cyjtexas.org or call 713-723-8354.

“Bearing Witness: Crisis in Darfur”
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, 1 p.m.
Avrohm I. Wiesenberg Classroom
Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), will give a first-hand account of the ongoing genocidal campaign in Darfur, Sudan that has been raging since February 2003. Reflecting on her own visits to the region in August 2004 and October 2005, she will describe what must be done to stop these atrocities that have claimed more than 450,000 lives. In addition to her presentation on the current conflict in Darfur, she will also highlight the work of AJWS and its 270 projects in more than 35 countries throughout the Americas, Africa and Asia.

“The March of the Living”
April 12-25, 2007
The March of the Living is an international, educational program that brings Jewish teens from all over the world to Poland on Yom HaShoah to march from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest concentration camp complex built during World War II, and then to Israel to observe Yom HaZikaron, Israel Memorial Day, and Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel Independence Day. The March of the Living 2007 will feature an international, English-speaking adult tour bus led by Dr. William Shulman, president of the Association of Holocaust Organizations and Tali Nates, a Holocaust scholar and educator from South Africa. The number of participants will be limited and this group will travel both to Poland and Israel. Other adult buses will include those going only to Poland. For further information, please contact Yaffa Grinblatt at 212-252-0900 or e-mail yaffa@motlmail.org.

Citywide Yom HaShoah Commemoration
Monday, April 16, 2007, 7 p.m.
Congregation Brith Shalom, 4610 Bellaire Blvd.
Holocaust Museum Houston hosts the annual citywide Yom HaShoah Commemoration as a time to remember those who perished in the Holocaust and to honor those who survived. For more information, contact Tamara Savage at 713-942-8000, ext. 104 or e-mail events@hmh.org. Visit www.hmh.org/register.asp to register online.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award Dinner
Sunday, May 6, 2007, 6 p.m.
Hilton Americas Houston, 1600 Lamar St.
Holocaust Museum Houston presents its biggest event of the year. This year’s event will honor Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002. Pearl has become known worldwide for conviction and uncompromised objectivity and integrity, insightful perspective, tolerance and respect for people of all cultures. Registration begins at 6 p.m., with the dinner program at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Tamara Savage at 713-942-8000, ext. 104 or e-mail events@hmh.org.

“Refuge in Shanghai: How Thousands of Jewish Refugees Managed to Survive World War II in Shanghai”
Monday, May 21, 2007, 7 p.m.
Herzstein Theater
Author Dorit Whiteman will discuss the peculiar circumstances that made the Free Port of Shanghai a sanctuary during the Holocaust in this free public lecture. Whiteman will describe how the Jews resourcefully conquered squalor, sickness, deprivation and lack of any legal protection. They survived and carried on their cultural traditions with dignity in a foreign land. Whiteman was born in Vienna and fled with her family to London just before the outbreak of World War II. Whiteman is a practicing psychologist and the author of numerous books, including “The Uprooted: A Hitler Legacy” and “Escape Via Siberia.” For more information, contact Tamara Savage at 713-942-8000, ext. 104 or e-mail events@hmh.org. Visit www.hmh.org/register.asp to register online.

Warren Fellowship for Future Teachers
May 21-25, 2007, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Avrohm I. Wiesenberg Classroom
This week-long program introduces university students preparing for a career in teaching, to the history and to the lessons of the Holocaust. This prestigious program is by application only. To apply or for more information, e-mail education@hmh.org or call 713-942-8000, ext. 123.

Summer Institute for Educators
July 23-27, 2007, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Avrohm I. Wiesenberg Classroom
This week-long program explores Holocaust history beyond its basic dimensions. This program is for secondary educators, college and university students and professors. Applications will be available in January 2007, and the program cost is $100. To apply or for more information, e-mail education@hmh.org or call 713-942-8000, ext. 123.

Houston Museum District Day
Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Morgan Family Center
The Museum opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug.18, for Houston Museum District Day. Join us for guided tours, special workshops and our changing exhibitions. For more information, call 713-942-8000 or e-mail events@hmh.org.

Guardian of the Human Spirit Luncheon
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007, 11:30 a.m.
Westin Galleria Houston, 5060 W. Alabama
Join us for this annual luncheon honoring dedicated Houstonians who have worked to enhance the lives of others. This year’s honorees are philanthropists Sue and Lester Smith. For more information, contact Tamara Savage at 713-942-8000, ext. 104 or e-mail events@hmh.org.