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bagels books and talk

Bagels, Books & Talk A Program for Queens Holocaust Survivors

Program schedule: September 5 & 19 | October 24 | November 7 & 21 | December 5 & 19

Time: 10:00AM - 11:30AM

films • speakers • music • books and opportunities to get together and talk.
The Holocaust Resource Center and Archives and the Samuel Field YM-YWHA have joined together under a generous grant from UJA-Federation to expand and enrich the services available to Queens’ Holocaust survivors. The program will be housed at the Holocaust Resource Center at Queensborough Community College and dedicated to the concerns, resources and priorities of community’s Holocaust survivors.

This program is free. If interested in enrolling, please contact the Kupferberg Holocaust Center at 718.281.5770

the mitzvah: a dramatic presentation

The Mitzvah:A Dramatic Presentation

Lecturer: Roger Grunwald

Sunday, September 7, 2014, at 1:00 PM

Student Union

The Mitzvah Project is a combination one person play and lecture that sheds light on one of the most astonishing stories of World War II: How tens of thousands of German men, classified as “mischlinge” (the derogatory term that Nazis used to describe those descended from one, two or three Jewish grandparents), ended up serving in Hitler’s army. The play was conceived, co-authored and is performed by New York City actor, playwright and child of a survivor, Roger Grunwald.

To tell the story Grunwald portrays an array of characters including Christoph (the mischling); Schmuel, a Polish Jew from Bialystok and the play’s Chorus that offers edgy commentary that probes the boundary between the absurd and the horrific. The post-performance lecture will trace the fateful chronology of Jews in Germany – from Moses Mendelssohn through the arrival, in the late 19th and 20th centuries into Germany, of over a hundred thousand Jews from the Pale Settlement (so called Ost Juden) – to the rise of Hitler.

Roger Grunwald has been a professional actor, lecturer and co-author for over 30 years and was recently honored with an Opportunity Grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts for the Development of the Mitzvah Project. A graduate of the University of California, Berkley and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Grunwald’s concept for The Mitzvah was inspired by and is homage to his mother who, as an Auschwitz survivor, used her wartime experience as a tool for teaching the lessons of history to young people.

PLEASE RSVP at 718.281.5770

Limited seating, admission will be by reservation only

hate mail

Hate Mail

Lecturer: Salo Aizenberg

Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 1:00 PM

at The Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives

Hate Mail is an extraordinary work that chronicles a shocking aspect of anti-Semitism. One of the most visible forms of anti-Semitism in the early 20th century was spread by the general population through postcards. Salo Aizenberg, one of the world’s foremost postcard collectors, is the first to compile, translate and describe them in a historical context.

As described in the foreword of Aizenberg’s text by the eminent Holocaust historian Michael Berenbaum, for a postcard to sell it had to be brief and pack a punch: a picture is worth a thousand words. Berenbaum reminds us that “the Nazis did not invent the image of the Jew that has been portrayed in German postcards; they merely followed the implications of those images to their most extreme – “the final conclusion.”

His presentation surveys the content and usage of these postcards throughout the world, with a focus on the pre-Holocaust years. His presentation will highlight a sample of the many thousands of such items that were printed and circulated. They take the listener through the many permutations of hatred for Jews and help us to better understand a phenomenon that still exists today. The years 1890 – 1920 were the golden age of postcards. Mail was delivered twice a day and penny postcards were the primary vehicle to communicate with friends and family. Somewhat like today’s social media, these postcards circulated powerful visual messages to large groups of people quickly and cheaply. Aizenberg’s premise is that the best way to understand anti-Semitism in a particular place and time is by looking at what the “average people” were saying to each other. Postcards present a unique way of examining the daily thoughts of a society. As his book has made so clear, thousands of postcard publishers created horrendous images of Jews, and people deliberately bought them from postcard racks at their corner store and mailed them regularly, most without a second thought.

Salo Aizenberg received a B.S. in Management Information Systems from the State University of New York at Binghamton and an MBA from Columbia Business School in 1994.

The Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives

Queensborough Community College

2014 Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration

Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Student Union Building

Voices of Kristallnacht

Witnesses Recount

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What Will Our Grandchildren Say?

Leora Klein, President 3GNYC

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The Kupferberg Holocaust Internship

Interns Present

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Cantor Moti Fuchs

This I Remember

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The Jewish Korean Connection

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RSVP: 718-281-5770

Under His Very Windows

Under His Very Windows: The Vatican and the Holocaust in Italy

Lecturer: Dr. Susan Zucotti

Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 1:00 PM

at The Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives

The role of the Vatican during the Holocaust is one of continuous debate, discussion and acrimony. Dr. Zucotti evaluates the actions of the Vatican and Popes Pius XI and Pius XII in Italy from 1938 through the Second World War, accusing the Popes of silence and characterizing the actions the Vatican took to assist the Jews as having been reprehensible. Zucotti dismisses claims that Pope Pius was personally responsible for saving hundreds of thousands of Jews and argues that whatever help was given by the Church resulted from the personal courage of individual priests, monks, nuns, and prelates, rather than on the direction of the Vatican.

Dr. Zucotti’s presentation will highlight instances of aid to Italy’s Jews provided by Catholics, but concludes that these acts were performed spontaneously. She claims that those Catholics who aided Jews invariably believed that they were acting “according to the Pope’s will”, but there is no written evidence confirming this was the case.