Before and after Holocaust Remembrance Day on Monday, April 24th, there are commemorations and other events to honor those who were lost and hear from survivors. Most events are FREE and open to all, Jewish or not, so we never forget the true cost of intolerance and hate
Once again this year, in commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day/Yom Hashoah, the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Lower Manhattan is offering FREE admission and extended exhibit hours.
Watch the recent International Tribute to Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor who became a Nobel Peace Prize winner for his worldwide activism on behalf of world peace. The tribute included readings of his seminal work Night by celebrities including Joel Grey, Itzhak Perlman and Dr. Ruth Westheimer.
See the new exhibit, Eyewitness, with life-size and larger photographs of Holocaust survivors living in New York City, with their stories. The exhibit opens on April 20, and will be on view through mid-May. It’s an addition to the museum’s permanent core exhibit, of photos and more, documenting the Jewish experience in Europe from 1880 through today.
Wed., April 19th
Miracle of the Warsaw Ghetto – A staged reading from the gripping story of the 1943 uprising that kept the Nazis at bay for 30 days. The reading is in Yiddish with English and Russian subtitles. 7PM. Ticketed event, $15 /$12.
Sat., April 22nd
Elie Wiesel, Playright – Rediscover Elie Wiesel’s works as a playwright with an afternoon program of Remembrance Readings from A Jew Today, including scenes, commentary, and conversation. 2pm at the Library for the Performing Arts in Lincoln Center. FREE. Seating is first come first served.
Sunday, April 23rd
New York’s Annual Gathering of Remembrance – The largest Holocaust commemoration in New York City in observance of Yom HaShoah and brings together more than 2,000 people, including survivors and their families, elected officials, and other members of the community for a memorial service that fulfills the sacred Jewish act to remember. Because we must never forget. 2pm, at Temple Emanu-El, Fifth Ave. at 65th St.
- NOTE that tickets are absolutely required for admission. Reserve FREE tickets now or by calling 646.437.4227. Tickets are required and must be reserved in advance. No admission without a ticket.
Monday, April 24th
Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 24th marks the start of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. There are all-day events at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, including stories from Holocaust survivors, ending with a special memorial service at sundown.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Chronicle of Return: Life Histories of Jews in the GDR – Film screening and panel discussion. Made in 1989-90, at a decisive historical moment for Germany and Europe, this film documents the lives of German Jews who left Germany under the Nazi regime and returned to what would become the German Democratic Republic. Exiled in Allied countries (the United States, England, and the Soviet Union), two generations of Jews tell the compelling stories that reveal their complex identities as Germans, Jews and Communists. Above all, they explain their personal reasons for choosing to come back to the Soviet occupied zone that became East Germany. For the postwar Western powers, this country was on the frontline of the “Iron Curtain,” but for these refugees it represented the anti-Fascist alternative to the West. The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the subsequent unification of Germany a year later seem to be the final chapter in their sagas of exile and return. These monumental historical events reshape again how they understand and define themselves under the unexpected circumstances of a new united Germany. FREE at 6:30PM at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue. RSVP recommended to ensure space.
- Jeff Peck, Director, Europe, AKA I Strategy
- Albert Scharenberg, Co-director, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung’s New York office
- Frank Mecklenberg, Director of Research and Chief Archivist at Leo Baeck Institute
- Kathy Pence, Associate Professor and Chair, German and Women’s History, Baruch College
- Moderated by Jessica Lang, Associate Professor of English, Director, Wasserman Jewish Studies Center
FREE at 6:30PM at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue. RSVP recommended to ensure space.