#NeverForget. Holocaust Remembrance Day events in NYC commemorate the six million plus lives lost to the Nazis before and during World War II.
You don’t have to be Jewish to commemorate the heroes who saved people whose only crime was being Jewish, inter-racial, a gypsy, mentally or physically challenged, or anti-Hitler, and the persecuted who survived.
These two events are on Wed., Jan 27th, FREE and virtual.
Saul & Ruby’s Holocaust Survivor Band – Film and Q&A
Presented by Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center
|Saul and Ruby Celebrate Life and Honor the Six Million Dead|
Performance & Discussion with Lead Characters and the film’s director
|Wednesday, January 27|
6:30 PM EST | FreeA virtual event in commemoration of
The full film, Saul & Ruby’s Holocaust Survivor Band, will be available to those who pre-register.
A screening is not part of the virtual program.
|At the age of 91, Saul Dreier decided to form a klezmer band comprised of Holocaust survivors. His wife thought he was crazy. So did his rabbi. That’s when he knew it was a terrific idea.|
You’ll come to the same conclusion after watching the extraordinary documentary film Saul & Ruby’s Holocaust Survivor Band, which follows Saul and his bandmate Ruby Sosnowicz from wartime Poland to Florida and back. Then you’ll experience their incredible zest for life during a live performance, followed by a discussion and Q&A with Saul, Ruby and filmmaker Tod Lending.
The sole survivor of a Polish Jewish family of 30, Saul Dreier grew up in Kraków, was imprisoned in the Kraków-Płaszów concentration camp, sent to work for Oskar Schindler, then was moved to the Mauthausen concentration camp. He later immigrated to New Jersey, where he worked in construction. He is now retired in Florida.
Reuwen (“Ruby”) Sosnowicz was separated from his parents and eight siblings during their escape from the Warsaw Ghetto and survived the war hidden in a cowshed by a Polish farmer. After the war, he moved to Brooklyn and worked as a hairdresser and musician. He is also retired in Florida.
Tod Lending is an Academy Award–nominated and Emmy-winning producer, director and cinematographer. His films have been shown on Cinemax, HBO, PBS and theatrical screens across the country.
Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Sarski
Join Strathairn (Good Night and Good Luck; Lincoln), writer-director Derek Goldman, Emmy Award-winning film producer Eva Anisko, and playwright Clark Young for a program of performance and discussion featuring excerpts from Strathairn’s virtuoso solo play performance Remember This, in which he embodies the story of Polish World War II hero and Holocaust witness Jan Karski. It is also a forthcoming feature film.
The event is FREE
Karski was a courier for the Polish Underground who volunteered at great risk to carry eyewitness reports of the destruction of the Jewish people of Poland to the Free World.
From the underground tracks of Polish resistance to the despair of the Warsaw Ghetto and Nazi camps, to the Oval Office, this work explores and celebrates the complex life and legacy of a witness, spy, diplomat, hero, and Georgetown University Professor who overcame overwhelming odds to “shake the conscience of the world” — connecting his belief in humanity, even in the darkest times, to our present moment.
Performance excerpts will be followed by a discussion with the creative team, moderated by National Jewish Theater Foundation President and Founding Director of NJTF HTII at University of Miami Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies, Arnold Mittelman, about the theatrical production, the forthcoming film, and the Lab’s related educational platform Bearing Witness: The Legacy of Jan Karski Today.
- FREE at 7:30pm.
- Registration required to receive Zoom link.
Streaming Jan. 27-29
Honoring the Resilience of the Jewish People
Irvington Theater in Westchester continues its all-virtual season with Recognition, a double-feature film event to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Ahead of Time, a documentary The Village Voice called a “truly fascinating yarn of proto-feminist achievement,” and Reparations, an award-winning short from local filmmakers, will stream online from January
From director and award-winning cinematographer Bob Richman (An Inconvenient Truth) and producer Zeva Oelbaum, Ahead of Time documents the astonishing life of Ruth Gruber, whose groundbreaking career as a journalist and photographer included coverage of the Nuremburg trials and, two years earlier, the secret escort of one thousand Holocaust refugees from Italy to New York on behalf of the Roosevelt administration.
A trailblazer with an indomitable spirit, Gruber’s reporting was internationally recognized for bringing visibility to the horrors perpetrated against the Jewish people.
Laurie Chock, Irvington Theater Commission Chairperson who first saw Ahead of Time at the Hamptons International Film Festival a decade ago, says the documentary has stuck with her: “I love the brilliance, gutsiness, and independence of Ruth Gruber. Her achievements would have blown us away in 2020 — but she did her work in the 1930s and 1940s. As a young journalist, Gruber profoundly impacted US foreign policy and dramatically enhanced public awareness of refugees from Nazi Germany. Her legacy of speaking truth to power has never been more relevant than now.”
This double-feature event opens with Gregory G. Allen’s Reparations, a short film connecting the experiences of a Holocaust survivor to the dialogue around financial restitution for slavery in the United States. An official selection at film festivals including the American Pavilion at Cannes, this fascinatingly human exploration of identity and the value of recompense stars Ed Delia and Nefertiti Warren. Allen and Chock produced the film.
Recognition will be available to stream on demand for 48 hours beginning on January 27 at 7:30pm EST.
A live Zoom conversation with the filmmakers, open to all ticketholders, will follow this streaming premiere at 9:00pm EST on January 27.
Purchase your per-household ticket ($12) to receive the viewing links and password at irvingtontheater.com/recognition.
Irvington Theater is home to a diverse range of innovate programming that entertains, enlightens, and inspires, establishing itself over its 118-year history as the cultural heart of the Rivertowns. The theater continues its tradition with unprecedented reach though its all-virtual season, #IrvingtonAnywhere.
Thursday, Jan. 28
Third Annual Congressional Holocaust Commemoration
Join members of the US Congress, Ambassadors to the US, university professors and others acknowledging the under-represented experiences of Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews from North Africa, the Balkans, Greece and other non-European countries.
This year’s special guest speaker is Dr. Albert Bourla, Pfizer CEO, who will tell his Sephardic family’s story of survival in Morocco.
- Registration required for ZOOM link at http://shindc.org/shinsbn/chc2021/
- Thursday, January 28th, 1:30-2:45PM EST (US & Canada)
“Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.” is a massive exhibit of more than 1,000 artifacts and photos from more than 20 countries. This important exhibition is open though August 2021 at MJH in Lower Manhattan, as well as online.
More than one million innocent souls were murdered in Auschwitz, including more than 250,000 children, in a twisted government policy of racism and anti-Semitism, and the exhibit explores the roots of the Nazi horror and its effects.
Here’s my review of the exhibit when it opened in 2019. I’ve returned since, because we must #NeverForget.
Yad Vashem – The World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem
The IRemember Wall is a unique and meaningful opportunity for you to participate in an online commemorative activity marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
By joining our IRemember Wall, your name will be randomly matched to the name of a Holocaust victim from our Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names, and will appear together on the Wall.
You can also choose a specific name to remember and match with on the Wall from our Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names, which contains over 4.8 million names of Holocaust victims.
Note – NYCOTC Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Evelyn Kanter is the daughter of German-Jewish survivors. My mother was from Munich, my father was from Frankfurt. His brother died in Auschwitz – his name and photo are in the Yad Vashem database, along with the names of several aunts, uncles and cousins murdered in concentration camps.