World Premiere Opera Celebrates Rescue of Danish Jews

at the Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

New York, NY-In 1943, after three years of German occupation, the Jews of Denmark were faced with the horrifying order that had loomed over every aspect of their lives: deportation to Nazi work camps. But through the heroic and dedicated efforts of Danish citizens, nearly all of the country’s Jews were able to escape to neutral Sweden. This inspirational story is the subject of composer Bradley Detrick’s world premiere opera The Yellow Star: Celebrating Extraordinary Acts by Ordinary People. The performance will take place on Wednesday, February 13 at 6:30 P.M. in Edmond J. Safra Hall at the Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust with a reception to follow. Ambassador Torben Gettermann, Consul General of Denmark, will offer remarks on the spirit of resistance.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and $10 for Museum, Thanks To Scandinavia, and American Jewish Committee members. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Museum box office at (646) 437-4202 or through the Museum website, www.mjhnyc.org.

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Holocaust Museum Houston Invites You to

Since 2003, more than 400,000 people have been killed and more than 2.5 million have been displaced from their homes in the Darfur region of Sudan. The Sudanese government has sent its troops and militias known as the Janjaweed to destroy villages, pillaging national resources and torturing, raping and murdering innocent civilians in what the Bush administration has declared a genocide.

What can be done to prevent such occurrences will be the focus of a Feb. 18 lecture at Holocaust Museum Houston entitled “Darfur Genocide: Never Again, Again?” featuring Mark Hanis, founder and executive director of the Genocide Intervention Network.

Hanis will discuss the crisis in Darfur, what America has done in response and specific things that can be done to help bring an end to the genocide. Hanis is the grandson of four Holocaust survivors and was raised in Quito, Ecuador. He graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in political science and public policy and, in 2006, was named a Draper Richards fellow and an Echoing Green fellow.

Hanis and the GI-Net have been featured in the New York Times and The New Republic, and Hanis has appeared on CNN Headline News, the NBC television network and National Public Radio.

Monday, Feb. 18, 2008

Reception: 6 p.m.
Lecture: 6:30 p.m.
Free Admission Always

Holocaust Museum Houston’s
Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater

Morgan Family Center
5401 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77004