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Ben Peres
(born Benzion Peresecki, 1926)
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Current Exhibit

The Jacket from Dachau: One Survivor’s Search for Justice, Identity, and Home

In July of 2015, KHC was contacted by a vintage clothing dealer about a recent acquisition of a unique garment at an estate sale. In the back of a walk-in closet, amid a variety of old shirts and vintage dresses, hung a faded striped jacket. A year later, we now know the story of Benzion Peresecki, a young Jewish man from Lithuania who wore this jacket for ten months in Dachau and kept it for 33 years. The exhibit tells Peresecki’s story of his immigration to the US, his legal pursuit of reparations, as well as historic photos, maps, multiple testimonies, and short films. It is a story of Holocaust survival that demonstrates the power of a single artifact to connect narratives of justice, identity and a search for home.

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Reparations and the Holocaust:The Case of Ben Peres

Lecturer: Ms. Mary Maudsley, J.D.

In conjunction with the KHRCA's Fall 2016 exhibition, Mary Maudsley, J.D. will discuss the history of reparations during and after the Holocaust. Mary Maudsley is an adjunct faculty member in the Holocaust and Genocide program at Stockton University. A retired trial attorney, she specialized in ethics matters, discrimination issues, and state and local government litigation.

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To use the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism, and stereotyping.

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In addition to student fellowships, survivor discussion groups and docent training, the KHC hosts dozens of events each year to investigate the Holocaust and global violence as historical and present-day realities.

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