Event: 3/31 Hannah Senesh Memorial at Queens Y


Date: February 26, 2009

Contact: Peggy Kurtz, Tel: 718-268-5011 ext. 151 E-mail: pkurtz@cqyjcc.org


Who was Hannah Senesh? Beloved by many as both a resistance fighter during World War II and as a poet, whose impassioned words have become immortalized in much loved Israeli songs, very few people know about her earlier life. On Tuesday, March 31, at 1 p.m., Blessed is the Match, a powerful documentary film on the life and death of Hannah Senesh, will screen at the Central Queens YM & YWHA together with a talk by Susan Beer, a fellow prisoner with Hannah Senesh, at a Gestapo prison in Hungary.

An impassioned young Zionist, Hannah Senesh immigrated to Palestine from her native Hungary in 1939. In 1944, she joined a mission to rescue Jews in Hungary, parachuting in behind enemy lines. There she was captured, tortured, and ultimately executed by Nazis a few days before her twenty third birthday and a few months before the liberation of Hungary. Her poetry and her journals have lived on in the public imagination, fervent expressions of idealism and love of life. Blessed is the Match is the first documentary film to explore this young woman


My name is Lily Arbisser, and I am a volunteer helping to promote a concert
taking place on March 28th at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine called
“Music in Desperate Times: Remembering the Women’s Orchestra of Birkenau.”
Ars Choralis, an amateur first-rate community chorus/orchestra from
Woodstock, NY, has created this concert that combines the music of the
Birkenau Women’s Orchestra, readings from the women’s diaries, and choral
works of peace and resistance. They researched what instruments were used
(guitars, mandolins, violins, flutes, recorders, etc) and what composers
were played (Chopin, Schumann, Beethovan, etc). Despite the non-traditional
instruments, the Birkenau orchestra created beautiful music . Had they not,
they would have been killed. The power of the music; the conflict of having
to play for the pleasure of the SS; the fact that every woman in the
orchestra, except the conductor, managed to survive one of the worst death
camps in history makes this an amazing concert.

In April Ars Choralis will be traveling to Germany where they were invited
to perform at the Heilig Kreuz church in Berlin and at the former

event: meet the author Hollywood, FL

Holocaust Documentation and Education Center, Inc.


Meet the Author

Dr. Myron Winick

Book and Author: Final Stamp: The Jewish Doctors in the Warsaw Ghetto by Myron Winick, M.D.

When: Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 2:30 p.m.


Holocaust Documentation and Education Center

2031 Harrison Street

Hollywood, FL 33020

RSVP: Seating is limited, so please RSVP to Regina Burgess, Librarian, at (954) 929-5690 Ext. 209 or email regina@hdec.org.

From February to the middle of July 1942, a remarkable study was carried out in the Warsaw Ghetto, a study of starvation conducted by the Jewish physicians in the two largest hospitals in the ghetto. The results of this study have survived and become a cornerstone of the medical literature on the changes undergone by the human body when not enough food is available. This book is the story of that study



Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial is inaugurating a new research center this week on the aftermath of the Holocaust, focusing on survivors’ post-war experiences in an attempt to better preserve the memory of the Shoah.

The establishment of the Diana Zborowski Center for the Study of the Aftermath of the Shoah, which will operate under the auspices of the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem, comes amid widespread Holocaust revisionism as the number of survivors continues to dwindle.

Dr. Ze’ev Mankowitz, the center’s director, noted that it was being launched at a time when contemporary Holocaust educators from around the world were trying to grapple with how to preserve the memory of the Holocaust today.



On the evenings of November 14, 15 and 16, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will be projecting portraits of more than 60 Holocaust survivors onto the exterior walls of the Hall of Remembrance. The program comes as the Museum is recognizing the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht.

The program is part of FotoWeek DC


Celebration of the Generations, hosted by Holocaust Survivor Eugene Leibowitz of Florida and Child Survivor Fred Tauscher of San Francisco will take place at The Venetian in Las Vegas, with the generous help of Mr. Sheldon and Dr. Miriam Adelson, (who are expected to put in an appearance at the event.)

This year’s guests of honor are Leon Charney, noted philanthropist and Jewish TV personality and historian and scholar Dr. Michael Berenbaum. The lifetime achievement award will go to FAINA GELFAND, AND MAZAL SASSON who are coming from Jerusalem. These two mothers were courageous in choosing an experimental cancer regime from a Hungarian doctor that saved both their children’s lives.

EUGENIA SAKEVYCH DALLAS will speak about living in five different countries and present a film she helped make about the Stalin genocide in Ukraine.

The menu for the weekend will be a traditional, kosher, Shabbat menu, with gefilte fish, chicken soup, kishke, roast chicken, ferfel, chulent and a variety of Israeli salads, including dessert and beverages.

Shabbat services will be led by Leon Charney and Michael Berenbaum, with a surprise guest cantor. The memory of Mrs. Natalie Leibowitz, who passed this year, will be honored. This event will also celebrate the 80th birthday of the organizer, Mr. Eugene Leibowitz, a Holocaust survivor from Hungary.

To attend this event or learn more about it, call Eugene at 305-931-2508

EVENT: Holocaust Museum Honored as "Community of Respect"

Award to Be Presented Nov. 18

HOUSTON, TX (Oct. 30, 2008) – As one of Houston’s foremost institutions promoting cultural awareness, diversity and fighting hatred, Holocaust Museum Houston will be honored as a “Community of Respect” by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Southwest Region this November.

The designation is awarded by the ADL based on its commitment to a “Resolution of Respect” that pledges the Museum will combat prejudice and work to stop those who, because of hate or ignorance, would cause harm to or violate the civil rights of any individual. The Museum also was cited for completing the required three activities that empower participants to promote respect for individual and group differences while challenging prejudice and bigotry.

The honor will be presented by the ADL during the Museum’s annual Guardian of the Human Spirit Award Luncheon, beginning at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, at the Hilton-Americas Houston, 1600 Lamar St., in downtown Houston.

“We are proud of Holocaust Museum Houston’s commitment to fighting hate and bigotry through their many education and exhibit programs. We are especially pleased to recognize the Museum to acknowledge their important contributions to promoting respect and understanding for all peoples,” ADL Southwest Regional Director Martin B. Cominsky said in announcing the honor. “The Museum completed its requirements in record time, partly because it works toward making Houston a Community of Respect every day.”

The first activity completed by the Museum was its work on “Law Enforcement in Society” classes, which are held at the Museum in conjunction with the ADL and the Houston Police Department. The class helps law enforcement officers examine their role in modern-day society against the backdrop of the Holocaust.

A second activity which counted toward the designation included the Museum’s “Youth and the Law” program, which together with the Mayor of Houston’s Anti-Gang Task Force and the Houston Housing Authority works to promote tolerance, mutual respect and understanding in at-risk students and gang-affiliated adolescents.

The Museum also submitted its Cultivating Coexistence Student Forums as an activity that counted toward its Community of Respect designation. The program brings together students from different schools to learn about ways to create a more peaceful and inclusive learning and community environment.

More than 900 people are expected to be in attendance at the luncheon when the designation is bestowed.
This year’s luncheon honors long-time community leader Marc Shapiro. The Museum established the Guardian of the Human Spirit award in 1997 as a platform for acknowledging dedicated Houstonians who have worked to enhance the lives of others and to better humankind.

Shapiro has a long history of community involvement. During his career, he has served as chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership, chairman of the Houston United Way Campaign, and as founding chairman of the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

In 2005, Shapiro and his wife Jeri co-chaired the Museum’s Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award Dinner, raising more than $2 million to support ongoing educational programs that promote awareness of the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.

A strong believer in the importance of the Texas Medical Center, he served for many years as a member of the board of the Harris County Hospital District. He is currently vice chair of the board of Baylor College of Medicine and immediate past chairman of the Board of Visitors of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He also serves on the board of BioHouston and on the Menninger Board of Visitors. Across Main Street, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of Rice University and the Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Shapiro is a native Houstonian who graduated from Kinkaid High School, completed his undergraduate work at Harvard and gained his master’s in business administration at Stanford Business School.

He began a banking career in 1972 at Texas Commerce Bank, and his progression through the Texas Commerce organization included service as chief financial officer beginning in 1977. In 1989, after the bank was purchased by J.P. Morgan Chase, he was named chief executive officer of the statewide organization. He moved to New York to work for the parent company in 1997 as vice chairman for finance and risk management.

Since his return to Houston in 2003, he has served as non-executive chairman of Chase Bank of Texas. He is also a director of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, The Mexico Fund and Weingarten Realty Investors.

This year’s luncheon is chaired by Murry Bowden and James Crownover.

Proceeds from the luncheon presentation are used to continue the Museum’s worldwide educational programming and its policy of free admission to the general public so that there is never a financial barrier to anyone interested in learning the lessons of the Holocaust. For ticket information, call 713-942-8000, ext. 129 or e-mail spiritlunch@hmh.org.

Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors’ legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.

Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004. For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.


Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Education Center
at Brookdale Community College

70th Anniversary of Kristallnacht:
Eyewitnesses Speak
Sunday, November 9, 2008
3 PM