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I'm Still Here: Real Diaries of Young People Who Lived During the Holocaust with Alexandra Zapruder
February 7, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater 9220 Kirby Dr., Suite 100
 

 Alexandra Zapruder will discuss this powerful documentary that details the various experiences of Jewish youth during the Holocaust. The diaries and letters of those teens who perished and others who ultimately survived, are poignant and heart-wrenching.  Narrated by celebrities, it reveals history through the eyes of young victims who wrote about events surrounding their lives in the ghettos and concentration camps.

Alexandra Zapruder is the editor of Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust on which this documentary is based.  The documentary debuted on MTV in 2005.


 
 
 
Bellaire Community Shabbaton with Special Guest Speaker Rabbi Yitzchok Wagner
January 25, 2019 5:35 PM - 8:00 PM
Location The Shul of Bellaire, 5307 Bissonet St., Bellaire, TX
 

Rabbi Yitzchok Wagner is the first post-Holocaust German native to be ordained as a rabbi. He serves as Rabbi and spiritual leader of Krefeld, Germany, where he was born and raised. Rabbi Wagner brings a unique perspective as he tells the story of German Jewry's tragic demise and unexpected rebirth. He will address the struggles against anti-Semitism and the many new challenges facing Germany's Jewish community today.

Holocaust Museum Houston is honored to co-sponsor this event.


 
 
 
Curator Talk with Dr. Astrid Ley
January 15, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater 9220 Kirby Dr., Suite 100
 

Dr. Astrid Ley, deputy director of Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum, will discuss the exhibit, In the Country of Numbers, where the men have no names. It is through interviews with family members of the second and third generation of those who survived the Pogrom Night of November 1938 that the idea of this exhibition was conceived. Upon visiting the Sachsenhausen Memorial, families were asked how their own lives had been affected by the events of 1938, their memories of parents or grandparents and what they had been told about the arrests, imprisonment, violence, flight and exile.


 
 
 
2018 Events

Americans and the Holocaust with Dr. Daniel Greene
December 6, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 

Northwestern University history professor Dr. Daniel Greene curated the exhibition, "Americans and the Holocaust," which opened earlier this year at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. The exhibition dispels some of history's myths and misconceptions, including that Americans "knew nothing" about the threat of Nazism during the 1930s and '40s. Greene will discuss the process of creating the exhibition, examine Americans' responses to Nazism and ask why rescue of Jews never became a priority for most Americans.

Co-sponsored by the Edith and Sidney Goldensohn Fund of the ADL Fund for the Future of the Southwest Region.


 
 
 
Conversation with a Survivor
December 5, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 

November 9, 2018 marked the 80th anniversary of the November Pogrom known as Kristallnacht. During the November Pogrom, Nazi thugs went through the streets of Germany and, in plain view, set synagogues on fire, smashed the window fronts of Jewish businesses, attacked Jewish people and vandalized their apartments. Houston Holocaust survivor, Ruth Steinfeld experienced the November Pogrom first hand. Ruth and her sister Lea lived in Sinsheim, Germany when Hitler came to power. The family was deported to the Gurs interment camp in 1940, and their mother was faced with a very difficult decision: to let a Jewish philanthropic organization called Oeuvres de Secours aux Enfants (OSE) take her daughters to safety, or keep them with her. Ruth and her sister's lives were forever altered after that moment.

Holocaust Museum Houston's young professional group, NEXTGen, is honored to have Ruth Steinfeld share her story at NEXTGen's Conversation with a Survivor. This annual event gives young professionals the opportunity to meet Holocaust survivors living in the Houston area and learn through firsthand accounts the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy. This special event is in collaboration with the Museum's current traveling exhibition, In the Country of Numbers, where the men have no names, on view through May 2019.

Cookies for the event are generously donated by SMOOSH Cookies.


 
 
 
Guatemalan Migration to the U.S.: Transnational Challenges
November 13, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 

Join Holocaust Museum Houston for a lecture by Dr. Nestor Rodriguez, professor of sociology at The University of Texas at Austin. His research and publications include the topics of unauthorized immigration in the U.S., the migration of unaccompanied minors, border enforcement policies, migrant deaths at the U.S.-Mexico border and conditions of return migration to Mexico and Central America. His most recent publications include, "Deportation and Return in a Border-Restricted World: Experiences in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras (2017)," co-edited with Bryan Roberts and Cecilia Menjívar.

At this time in HMH's history, we work to create inclusive relationships with Houston's varied communities, including our Guatemalan neighbors. It is important to recognize that Guatemala opened a Holocaust museum in June 2018, one of the recent new museums in the world. Survivors of the Holocaust found refuge there post-war, and the Museum's esteemed colleague and respective scholar Father Patrick Debois and his organization, Yahad-in Unum, held an international conference about the role of the police in the Holocaust in Guatemala in May 2018, sponsored by the USHMM and UNESCO. Additionally, Guatemala is one of the countries the Museum will work with to bring educators from to Houston in 2020 for the Silverman Institute. Dr. Nestor Rodriguez will play a role in helping the HMH community to understand more clearly our connections to Guatemala and the challenges our two countries face around immigration.

In this lecture, Rodriguez explores the escalation of social unrest in Guatemala in the late 1970s and early 1980s that marked the beginning of large-scale Guatemalan migration to the United States. The migration has undergone several stages that differ by the volume and conditions of migration, as well as by the development of Guatemalan and other Central American immigrant communities in the United States. U.S. immigration policy facilitated legal immigration for some Guatemalans in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but since the late 1990s U.S. policy has increased the restriction of Central American immigration. While a large number of Guatemalans live in the United States with permanent visas and citizenship, in many cities in the country, the largest numbers of Guatemalan immigrants live and work with unauthorized status. Women and unaccompanied migrant children are the most vulnerable Guatemalan migrants on the journey north, and each year a number of Guatemalan migrants have died attempting to reach the United States.

Admission is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required.


 
 
 
In the Country of Numbers, where the Men have no Names Opening Reception
November 8, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location 9220 Kirby Dr., Suite 100, Houston, TX 77054
 

Join Holocaust Museum Houston for the opening reception of In the Country of Numbers, where the Men have no Names. The exhibit tells the story of 6,000 Jewish men, most from Berlin, who were imprisoned in Sachsenhausen following the November Pogrom Night known as Kristallnacht. November 9, 2018 marks the 80th anniversary of the Pogrom Night in 1938 when Nazis went through the streets of Germany and set synagogues on fire, smashed the window fronts of Jewish businesses, attacked Jewish people and vandalized their apartments. Well over 1,300 Jewish women and men were killed during the riots or as a direct consequence of them. Much less attention, however, is given to the over 27,000 Jewish men throughout Germany who were arrested after the riots and taken to concentration camps. Over 80 perished in Sachsenhausen, the rest were released by the spring of 1939 on condition they would leave Germany immediately. 

Professor Jason W. Levy will give remarks at 6:30 p.m. Levy is the grandson of Julius Nathan, a survivor of the November Pogrom and Sachsenhausen whose oral testimony is featured in the exhibit.

In the Country of Numbers, where the Men have no Names is a joint project of the Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum, the Capital Cultural Fund and the Axel Springer Foundation.


 
 
 
"In the Name of Humanity: The Secret Deal to End the Holocaust" with Author Max Wallace
November 7, 2018 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center 5601 S Braeswood Blvd. Houston, TX 77096
 

Holocaust historian and New York Times bestselling author, Max Wallace's latest piece derives from a riveting collection of recently declassified documents, and an account from the only living eyewitness, to the mystery behind why Heinrich Himmler demolished Auschwitz's crematoria and gas chambers - the largest killing machine in human history. An edict that has puzzled historians for more than six decades comes to light through an astonishing story involving secret negotiations of an unlikely trio - the unsung angels - who foiled the Final Solution.

Holocaust Museum Houston is a proud partner for this event during the Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival.

Tickets: $12 JCC Members | $18 Public


 
 
 
"The Number on Great-Grandpa's Arm" - Film Screening
October 28, 2018 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 

Join the Houston Holocaust Survivors and Descendants, together with Holocaust Museum Houston, for an innovative program for children ages 7-13. View the award-winning HBO film "The Number on Great-Grandpa's Arm," followed by group discussions and tools to continue the conversation at home. In "The Number on Great-Grandpa's Arm," a conversation between a boy and his great-grandfather, an Auschwitz survivor, is woven with historical footage and animation to tell a heartbreaking story of Jewish life in Eastern Europe, sharing lessons from the Holocaust with a new generation. Children are invited to attend with a parent(s) or grandparent(s). The program is open to interested families, whether or not your family includes Holocaust survivors. 


 
 
 
Why We Fight (HBO Series, Band of Brothers, Episode 9, 55 min, USA 2001)
October 18, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location 9220 Kirby Dr., Suite 100
 

"Band of Brothers" is a ten-part video series dramatizing the history of one company of American paratroopers in World War II - E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne, known as "Easy Company." Band of Brothers depicts not only the heroism of their exploits but also the extraordinary bond among men formed in the crucible of war.

In the ninth episode, titled "Why We Fight," Easy Company finally enters Germany in April 1945, finding very little resistance as they proceed. There they are impressed by the industrious of the defeated locals and gain respect for their humanity. But the G.I.s are then confronted with the horror of an abandoned Nazi concentration camp in the woods, which the locals claim not to have known anything about. Here the story of Easy Company is connected with the broader narrative of the war - the ideology of the Third Reich and Hitler's plan to exterminate the Jews.

One of the Museum's educators will lead a discussion after the screening.


 
 
 
Conversation with a Texas Liberator
October 17, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 

Texas Liberators and descendants will share their stories in a special event led by moderator and HMH Board member, David Bell. After the discussion, Liberators and descendants will answer questions from the audience.

Holocaust Museum Houston's young professional group, NEXTGen, is excited to host this event in collaboration with the exhibition, "The Texas Liberator: Witness to the Holocaust," on view through October 28, 2018.


 
 
 
Film Screening: Cuatro Puntos Cardinales (Four Cardinal Points)
October 15, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location 9220 Kirby Dr., Suite 100
 

Join Holocaust Museum Houston for a screening of the documentary, "Cuatro Puntos Cardinales," followed by a Q&A session with the film's director, Javier Kafie. This documentary portrays stories from El Salvador. This film shows the cultural, social and ecological diversity of the region. From surfing communities to coffee plantations, from ex-guerrilla warzones to towns that live almost entirely on handicrafts; in such a small country as El Salvador, there's plenty to see and many stories to tell.

Director Javier Kafie (Mexico City, 1982) grew up between Mexico, Central America and the United States, finishing a degree in Literary, Cultural and Media Studies at the University of Siegen, Germany. In 2011, he directed the short documentary, "Perkin." In 2014, he produced the documentary, "El Salvador: Cuatro Puntos Cardinales," and the fictional short film, "Perfect Together." In 2015, he wrote and produced "Nothing," winner of the Short Fiction category in the ICARO Central American Film Festival. He lives in San Salvador and works as a writer and filmmaker.

Admission is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required.


 
 
 
From Out of the Shadows: Latino Holocaust Liberators of World War II
October 9, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 

Join Holocaust Museum Houston for a lecture by Dr. Jesus Jesse Esparza in which he highlights the experience of several WWII Latino soldiers from the Houston area who contributed to the Allied victory and who played a role also in ending one of the most heinous and atrocious crimes against humanity, the Holocaust.

When the United States entered World War II, an estimated 16 million persons would serve the Armed Forces; among them were nearly half a million Latinos. On the eve of war, most Latinos had incomes that were underneath poverty level, lived with entrenched segregation, suffered from housing and work discrimination, had little access to health care, and were offered few educational opportunities. Despite these setbacks, Latinos would serve in every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and participate in every campaign of this conflict. From the beach invasions in North Africa to the storming of Normandy, France; Latinos were present. From the island-hopping campaigns in the Pacific to serving in wartime defense industries states-side or for the Women's Army Auxiliary Corp; Latinos were present.

The Latino soldier is distinguished as achieving the most decorations on the battlefield than any other ethno-racial group involved in this conflict. Yet, lost with the history of World War II are the experiences and accomplishments of the Latino soldier. While a growing scholarship exists on the roles Latinos played in the war, much work is still needed to fill that void.

Dr. Jesus Jesse Esparza is an Assistant professor of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences at Texas Southern University, where he taught since 2009. His area of expertise is on the history of Latinos in the United States with an emphasis on civil rights activism. Dr. Esparza is currently working on a manuscript entitled Raza Schools: Latino Educational Autonomy and Activism in Texas, 1920-1980 which offers a multiracial narrative of a Latino-owned school district in west Texas since the end of the First World War through the post-civil rights era.

Admission is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required.


 
 
 
The Book Smugglers with David E. Fishman - Ruth Vinn Hendler Lack Lecture
October 4, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 

The Book Smugglers is the nearly unbelievable story of ghetto residents who rescued thousands of rare books and manuscripts - first from the Nazis and then from the Soviets - by hiding them on their bodies, burying them in bunkers and smuggling them across the borders. It is a tale of heroism and resistance, of friendship and romance of unwavering devotion - including the readiness to risk one's life - to literature and art. Based on Jewish, German and Soviet documents, including diaries, letters, memoirs and the author's interviews with several of the story's participants, The Book Smugglers chronicles the daring activities of a group of poets turned partisans and scholars turned smugglers in Vilna, "The Jerusalem of Lithuania." David E. Fishman is a professor of Jewish History at The Jewish Theological Seminary and the author of numerous books and articles on the history and culture of East European Jewry. There will be a book-signing after the lecture.

Funding from the Ruth Vinn Hendler Lack Lectureship Endowment Fund.

Photo Credit: University Press of New England


 
 
 
The Book Smugglers
October 4, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 

The Book Smugglers is the nearly unbelievable story of ghetto residents who rescued thousands of rare books and manuscripts - first from the Nazis and then from the Soviets - by hiding them on their bodies, burying them in bunkers and smuggling them across the borders. It is a tale of heroism and resistance, of friendship and romance of unwavering devotion - including the readiness to risk one's life - to literature and art. Based on Jewish, German and Soviet documents, including diaries, letters, memoirs and the author's interviews with several of the story's participants, The Book Smugglers chronicles the daring activities of a group of poets turned partisans and scholars turned smugglers in Vilna, "The Jerusalem of Lithuania." David E. Fishman is a professor of Jewish History at The Jewish Theological Seminary and the author of numerous books and articles on the history and culture of East European Jewry. There will be a book-signing after the lecture.

Photo Credit: University Press of New England


 
 
 
"On Her Shoulders" - Film Screening
October 3, 2018 6:30 PM - 9:15 PM
Location Rice Cinema - Rice Media Center, 2030 University Blvd.
 

Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi, survived genocide and sexual slavery committed by ISIS. Repeating her story to the world with the help of renowned human rights lawyer, Amal Clooney, this ordinary girl finds herself thrust onto the international stage as the voice of her people. Away from the podium, she must navigate bureaucracy, fame and people's good intentions. 

Watch the trailer.

There will be a Q&A after the screening with Murad Ismael, Executive Director of YAZDA, and Haider Elias, President of YAZDA. 

Tickets are $15 for members, $20 for non-members online and $25 onsite. The promo code for member pricing is HM2018

This event is co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston.


 
 
 
This is Buchenwald: America's Encounter with the Holocaust, 1945-1995
September 20, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 

The testimony of American military personnel has been a key source for our understanding of the experience of the last phase of Nazi genocide in Europe. This lecture examines the liberation of the massive camp complex at Buchenwald in April 1945. How did American liberators understand the horrific experience of encountering concentration camps? How did liberator memories shift over time? Finally, how did liberator testimonies contribute to broader American discussions of the Holocaust and America's role in the world?

Adam R. Seipp is a Professor of History at Texas A&M University, where his teaching and research focus on modern German history, the Holocaust, and transatlantic relations.


 
 
 
Breakfast Book Club - "Ten Dollars to Hate: The Texas Man Who Fought the Klan" by Patricia Bernstein
September 13, 2018 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location IHOP 8515 West Loop S, Houston, TX 77096
 

"Ten Dollars to Hate" by Patricia Bernstein tells the story of the massive Ku Klux Klan of the 1920 - by far the most "successful" incarnation since its inception in the ashes of the Civil War - and the first prosecutor in the nation to successfully convict and jail Klan members. Dan Moody, a 29-year-old Texas district attorney, demonstrated that Klansmen could be punished for taking the law into their own hands. 

Author Patricia Bernstein will attend this event.


 
 
 
New Docent Information Session
August 27, 2018 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 

With the expansion to more than double the size of its building at 5401 Caroline St. well underway, Holocaust Museum Houston is looking to train new docents to accommodate the myriad of new exhibitions and expected increase in visitors. Those interested in Holocaust history, art, education and committed to impacting the love of others are encouraged to attend. Bilingual Spanish speakers are strongly encouraged to attend. Prospective docents who attend the information session will learn about the docent training process, the expectations of a docent and how they can apply.

New docents will lead tours through a permanent exhibit much different that the previous one. "Bearing Witness," the Museum's permanent exhibit with personalized testimony and artifacts donated by Houston-area Holocaust Survivors, will expand with modern, interactive exhibit designs and increase the information within each unit. Both the Danish Rescue Boat and German World War II-era Railcar were moved inside the climate-controlled structure for preservation to ensure future generations of visitors and students will learn from these valuable artifacts. For the first time, all exhibit signage will be in Spanish and English, making an even greater need for Spanish-speaking docents.

For more information, interested parties can email volunteers@hmh.org.


 
 
 
Conversation with a Syrian Refugee
August 22, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 

Meet Dayana Halawo and learn about her four-year journey to flee Syria to the United States. She left her home in Homs while the city was being bombed along with her husband and two children. Her journey led her to Damascus, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt before being resettled in Houston in 2016.

Holocaust Museum Houston's young professional group, NEXTGen, is excited to host this event in collaboration with our current exhibition, "The Faces of Syrian Refugees," on view through August 26, 2018.


 
 
 

Salam Neighbor (USA, 2015, 75 min, Documentary)

Directors: Zach Ingrasci & Chris Temple


August 7, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 

Two Americans deliberately head to the edge of war, just seven miles from the Syrian border, to live among 80,000 uprooted refugees in Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp. As the first filmmakers allowed by the United Nations to register and set-up a tent inside a refugee camp, Zach and Chris plunge into the heart of the world's most pressing humanitarian crisis. From meeting Um Ali, a woman struggling to overcome personal loss and cultural barriers, to the street smart, 10-year-old Raouf, whose trauma hides just beneath his ever present smile, Zach and Chris uncover inspiring stories of individuals rallying, against all odds, to rebuild their lives and those of their neighbors.

Dayana Halawo, who fled Syria and settled in the U.S. two years ago, will answer questions after the film screening.


 
 
 
Creating Inclusive Communities Teacher Workshop
August 2, 2018 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location HMH Classroom 9220 Kirby Dr., Suite 100
 

In correlation with the exhibition, "The Faces of Syrian Refugees," Holocaust Museum Houston will host a one-day education workshop for teachers in the Greater Houston area. In efforts to offer resources and information on refugee resettlement and awareness, refugee advocacy groups will work in conjunction with the HMH Education Department to provide activities, literature, and lessons that teachers can take back to their classrooms.

This workshop is open to educators who work directly with refugee students, educators learning more about the refugee experience, and/or how students can become active advocates.

Teachers from the K-5, 6-12, university and extracurricular programs (music, art, etc.) are encouraged to participate. The fee for this program is $25 per person, which includes workshop materials and lunch. Registration must take place by July 31, 2018.


 
 
 
National Delicatessen Month at Kenny and Ziggy's
August 1, 2018 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location Both Kenny & Ziggy's locations
 

During National Delicatessen Month, August 1-31, both Kenny and Ziggy's New York Delicatessen & Restaurant locations are offering a multi-choice, three-course menu during lunch and dinner for $38, plus tax and gratuity, with 10 percent of each meal sold going to HMH to fund the Museum's education programs.

As an added incentive, HMH will offer anyone who purchases a National Deli Month meal a complimentary ticket, good for two entries to its temporary museum location at 9220 Kirby Dr., Suite 100.

For more information, visit www.delimonth.com


 
 
 
"All Behaviors Count" - Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Cadette Workshop
July 28, 2018 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location Holocaust Museum Houston 9220 Kirby Dr., Suite 100
 

Build a vision of a better world! Take an in-depth tour of the Museum to truly understand the history behind the Holocaust and become empowered to be a positive force for change! Girls will explore historical leadership, prejudices and experiences with Holocaust Museum Houston. Cadettes will complete steps for the aMaze Journey Interact patch and Science of Happiness badge. The cost of this program is $22, which includes the badge and a snack. For more information, contact Ashley Reinhardt at areinhardt@sjgs.org or email Holocaust Museum Houston at education@hmh.org. Note: This activity is girls-only. This is a drop-off event, adults do not stay.

Register through the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto website.


 
 
 
New Docent Information Session
July 26, 2018 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 

With the expansion to more than double the size of its building at 5401 Caroline St. well underway, Holocaust Museum Houston is looking to train new docents to accommodate the myriad of new exhibitions and expected increase in visitors. Those interested in Holocaust history, art, education and committed to impacting the lives of others are encouraged to attend. Bilingual Spanish speakers are strongly encouraged to attend. Prospective docents who attend the information session will learn about the docent training process, the expectations of a docent and how they can apply.

New docents will lead tours through a permanent exhibit much different than the previous one. "Bearing Witness," the Museum's permanent exhibit with personalized testimony and artifacts donated by Houston-area Holocaust Survivors, will expand with modern, interactive exhibit designs and increase the information within each unit. Both the Danish Rescue Boat and German World War II-era Railcar were moved inside the climate-controlled structure for preservation to ensure future generations of visitors and students will learn from these valuable artifacts. For the first time, all exhibit signage will be in Spanish and English, making an even greater need for Spanish-speaking docents.

For more information, interested parties can email volunteers@hmh.org.


 
 
 
"The Faces of Syrian Refugees" Exhibition Opening
June 21, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Mincberg Gallery
 

Experience the first look of "The Faces of Syrian Refugees" exhibition, by photographer Michael S Cohen, at Holocaust Museum Houston before it opens on Friday, June 22, 2018. "The Faces of Syrian Refugees" consists of life sized color portraits accompanied by Proust questionnaire style interviews, offering an intimate visit with 20 Syrian refugees. The exhibition will include a special feature of Houston-area Holocaust survivors who thrived after being one-time refugees in America.

Cohen's "The Faces of Syrian Refugees" consists of life sized color portraits accompanied by Proust questionnaire style interviews, offering an intimate visit with 20 Syrian refugees. After a 25-year hiatus, Cohen worked with a dozen non-profits in fields ranging from education, to felon rehabilitation to inner city youth. During this time, he watched with horror as the Syrian war escalated and the refugee crisis reached unimaginable proportions. An idea formed to travel and meet successfully resettled Syrian refugees, photograph and interview them. Since the war began in 2011, millions of Syrians have been displaced from their homes, and their country. The subjects come from all walks of life and now are engaged in everything from teaching art classes to volunteering as museum docents to conducting a Syrian expat orchestra.

During the atrocities of WWII, Holocaust survivors were uprooted from their homelands and resettled in other countries. More than one half of all European Jews perished by the end of WWII; many who survived picked up the pieces of their shattered lives and moved forward. A special feature will be included in this exhibition depicting the images and stories of several local Holocaust survivors upon their arrival in Houston prior to 1955, and how they worked hard to achieve the American dream.

You are invited to an opening reception held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 21, 2018, in the Museum's Mincberg Gallery at the Morgan Family Center, just one mile south of NRG Stadium at 9220 Kirby Dr., Suite 100. Photographer Michael S Cohen will give opening remarks at 6:45 p.m. Admission is free, but advance registration is required for this reception.


 
 
 

Presentation of S.S. St. Louis for Flute

Performed by Ann Fairbanks, Music by Malcolm J. Solomon


June 17, 2018 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location HMH Classroom
 

Performances will start at 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

On May 13, 1939, just before World War II erupted, the liner St. Louis sailed from Hamburg. Aboard were 937 Jewish refugees who believed they had secured visas to enter Cuba. But a power struggle in the Cuban government voided their permission, and the St. Louis began a long, wandering journey while the U.S., France, Britain and other "sympathetic" countries wrangled over which one would accept them.

Only a fraction of the St. Louis passengers survived the war. Malcolm Solomon's objective in composing this work was to create a landscape of sound that swallows all sense and reason, representing the surrealism of the horror perpetrated against the Jewish people during World War II. Throughout the S.S. St. Louis, the flute represents the voice of the Jewish people.

Dr. Solomon is an associate professor of Jazz Ensemble at University of St. Thomas. He earned his bachelor's degree in classical composition at the University of St. Thomas, followed by both master's and doctoral degrees from Rice University.

Dr. Ann Fairbanks is a professor of Music at University of St. Thomas and a graduate of Oberlin, Yale and Ohio State University.


 
 
 
Gerald S. Kaplan Distinguished Lecture in conjunction with the Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute for Educators - "Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Atrocity" by Dr. James E. Waller
June 13, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 

A part of the Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute held annually at the Museum, this presentation is based on over 20 years of fieldwork around the world and the publication of "Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing." Dr. Waller will also introduce and discuss his most recent book, "Confronting Evil: Engaging Our Responsibility to Prevent Genocide." Copies of "Becoming Evil" and "Confronting Evil" will be sold in the Museum Store and signed by Dr. Waller.

James E. Waller is the Cohen Professor of the Holocaust & Genocide Studies Chair, Department of Holocaust & Genocide Studies at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire. He is the Director of Academic Programs with the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation. Waller is a widely recognized scholar in the field of Holocaust and genocide studies and has held visiting research professorships at the Technical University in Berlin (1990), the Catholic University in Eichstatt, Germany (1992), and in the George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Justice and Security at Quenn's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland (2017). Waller has been awarded summer fellowships by, and been a teaching fellow with, the Holocaust Educational Foundation at Northwestern University (1996 and 2007-2012) and at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. (1999, 2003, and 2005). He also directs, and teaches in, the biennial Summer Institute on Genocide Studies and Prevention, first held at Keene State College in 2016.

The lecture is supported by the Gerald S. Kaplan Endowment Fund.


 
 
 
Breakfast Book Club: "Defiance" by Nechama Tec

June 7, 2018 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location Harry's Restaurant and Cafe 318 Tuam St.
 

The Friends of The Boniuk Library invite you to join our Breakfast Book Club for a discussion of "Defiance" by Nechama Tec. The author, a Holocaust survivor, tells the story of the Bielski partisan group, the largest armed rescue operation of Jews by Jews in World War II. This event is free, but participants must pay for their own breakfast. For more information contact Maria Harris, Librarian, at (713) 942-8000, x.110 or library@hmh.org.

 


 
 
 
Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award Dinner
May 24, 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Hilton Americas - Houston, 1600 Lamar Street, Houston, TX
 

 
 
 

"When Our Dictator Turns Up": German and American Journalists Respond to the Fascist Threat


May 22, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 

The success of Nazi fascism depended in large part upon the suppression of free speech, first and foremost, the absolute control of the press as a vehicle for propaganda. Dr. Millin's lecture will examine the process by which the Nazis assaulted, suppressed and replaced the free press. Many German journalists collaborated, some resisted. Foreign correspondents struggled to report what they saw without becoming unwilling mouthpieces for the regime. Dr. Millin's lecture will examine the process by which the Nazis gained control of the press and will tell as well the stories of German and American journalists who dared to criticize the Führer and his party. Historians reflect upon the past in order to illumine the present and to make wise decisions about our future. The history of journalists under the Third Reich is of profound importance for us today at a time when journalists and the freedom of the press are once again under threat from nationalist movements and authoritarian leaders worldwide.

Currently, Dr. Millin is a historian working in the USHMM's Levine Institute for Holocaust Education, Millin previously was the historian in the USHMM's photo archives, specializing in the photographs of German Jewry, the Aliyah Bet and the European Roma, as well as in the work of the Wehrmacht Propaganda Company photographers. She received her bachelor's degree from Macalester College, a master's in religious studies from Vanderbilt University and a doctorate in Jewish history at the Hebrew College-JIR. She was formerly a research fellow at the University of Göttingen and an Inter-University Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, she has taught Jewish history, Judaic studies, world religions and Holocaust studies at the Hebrew Union College-JIR, the University of Cincinnati and the University of Kentucky-Lexington. Millin's lecture is underwritten by the Warren Fellowship for Future Teachers, an annual program that works with students from across the country as they prepare to enter the teaching profession.


 
 
 
Warren Fellowship for Future Teachers Public Lecture with Nancy Patz: "The Elephant with a Knot in His Trunk"

May 21, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Herzstein Theater 9220 Kirby Dr., Suite 100
 

Nancy Patz is an award-winning author and illustrator of children's books, which often address emotionally sensitive topics. In "The Elephant with a Knot in His Trunk," Patz and orthodontist Stuart Sheer tell the story of an elephant born with a disability that keeps him from using his trunk as other elephants do. A graduate of Stanford University, Patz's paintings, prints and drawings have been exhibited in museums and galleries, and she often lectures to school and teachers' groups on her books and the art of the picture book.

Nancy Patz's lecture is underwritten by the Warren Fellowship for Future Teachers, an annual program that works with students from across the country as they prepare to enter the teaching profession.




 
 
 
Receivers of Information: Building Empathy through Storytelling and Art
May 17, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater 9220 Kirby Dr., Suite 100
 
Join us for the final lecture of the Spring 2018 Public Lecture Series, Intergenerational Trauma & Memory: History Carried Through Generations with Diane Benavides Rios, as she discusses her work through the lenses of a Chicana, educator, and artist. This session will take participants on a reflective journey and open dialogue that will focus on the process of art making and collecting stories as a form of transformation. The community is invited to experience how they are distinctly positioned to design change for the spaces they occupy.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, and advance registration is requested. To RSVP online, visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.

 
 
 
Free Admission Day in honor of Stefi Altman
May 15, 2018 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location Holocaust Museum Houston
 

Museum admission will be waived on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 in honor of Holocaust survivor Stefi Altman, z"l.

Stefi Altman was just 13 years old when Germany overran Poland in September 1939. Soon after, Stefi's two older brothers were arrested and sent to a labor camp, and Nazi soldiers brutuall beat her fater and drove the family from their house. They fled to Stefi's grandfather's farm, taking shelter in the barn.

The family remained together until 1940, when Stefi was sent to the labor camp of Jastkov. Later she was sent to Treblinka and Majdanek. Next, she was sent to the camp of Dorohucza. Although Dorohucza had neither gas chambers nor crematoria of the other camps, death always hovered nearby. Like Stefi, many of the inmates were only half alive by the time they got there. At the end of 1943, Stefi discovered that her sister, Kayla, had also been sent to Dorohucza. But relief soon turned to horror when Kayla was brutally murdered. 

Stefi managed, against all odds, to escape Dorohucza. For the remainder of the war, she hid in a coffin-like space underneath a barn that belonged to a sympathetic Polish farmer. After she was liberated by the Soviets, she learned that her entire family had been murdered.

Stefi Altman, z"l, passed away in December 2017.

Supported by the Stefi Altman Endowment Fund.


 
 
 
Free Admission Day in honor of Walter Kase
May 5, 2018 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location Holocaust Museum Houston
 

Museum admission fees will be waived on Saturday, May 5, 2018 in honor of Holocaust survivor Walter Kase, z"l.

When Germany invaded Poland in September 1949, it soon became clear that Walter's family's lives would never be the same again. At the end of 1940, Walter, his parents and his sister, Rysia, were herded into a Jewish ghetto. One day in 1941, the ghetto residents were told to gather in the city square. There, in front of her family, Rysia was lined up with other young children and shot to death. Twelve-year-old Walter was sent with his father to the labor camp of Pionki, later to Auschwitz and Sosnowiec, and finally to Mauthausen and two of its sub-camps.

Walter and his father were liberated by the 71st Infantry Division of the United States Army on May 5, 1945. Taken to a hospital to recuperate, Walter regained his strength, but his father succumbed a month later. Walter made his way back to Poland, where he was reunited with his mother. In 1947, Walter came to the United States, settling in Kansas City, Missouri. There, he finished his schooling, started a career in sales and was drafted and served proudly during the Korean War. Walter was able to bring his mother to the United States, where she settled in Washington, DC.

Walter moved to Houston, where he established a successful import business. He was active in Jewish causes, sitting on the boards of the Anti-Defamation League and Holocaust Museum Houston. The Anti-Defamation League established a Teachers' Award in Walter's name, and he was the first recipient of the St. Augustine Award from St. Thomas University in recognition of his life-changing impact on others.

Supported by the Walter Kase Endowment Fund.


 
 
 
Breakfast Book Club: "Music of the Ghosts" by Vaddey Ratner
May 3, 2018 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location Harry's Restaurant and Cafe 318 Tuam St.
 

The Friends of The Boniuk Library invite you to join our Breakfast Book Club for a discussion of "Music of the Ghosts" by Vaddey Ratner. In this novel, a Cambodian child refugee, now an adult, returns to Phnom Penh to discover the truth about her family. This event is free, but participants must pay for their own breakfast. For more information contact Maria Harris, Librarian, at (713) 942-8000, x.110 or library@hmh.org.

 


 
 
 
Across the Waters (Denmark, 2016, 95 min, Drama, subtitles)
Director: Nicolo Donato

April 26, 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater 9220 Kirby Dr., Suite 100
 
Unsure of whom they can trust, a Jewish musician and his family make a frantic escape from Nazi-occupied Denmark. Enjoying the nightlife of 1943 Copenhagen, Jewish jazz guitarist Arne Itkin is initially skeptical when his terrified wife Miriam hears rumors of the round-up and deportation of Danish Jews. An overnight raid however, forces the couple to flee their home with their five-year-old son Jakob. Aided by a church pastor and underground resistance, they set out on a journey for the fishing village of Gilleleje, where refugees await passage to Sweden by boat. Amidst lurking danger from the Gestapo and their collaborators, the family puts its fate in the hands of strangers whose allegiance and motives are not always clear. Across the Waters is a gripping story of survival and rescue and based on true events. The film is directed and co-written by Nicolo Donato, whose own grandfather was among the courageous Danish fisherman to ferry war refugees to safety.

Sponsored by the Consulate General of Denmark




 
 
 
It's a Latino-Jewish Thing: Making Ancestral Connections through Genealogy
April 24, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater 9220 Kirby Dr., Suite 100
 
Join HMH for the inaugural Latino-Jewish Genealogy Workshop featuring speaker Dr. Peter Tarlow, Chairman of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission. As director at the Center for Latino-Jewish Relations and Crypto-Jewish Studies, he works to educate the Latino and Jewish communities about their shared history and lineage.

The lecture will be followed by Susan Kaufman of the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research with the Houston Public Library, who will be leading a session on how the public can access information and research these ancestral connections through the Clayton Library Services. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, and advance registration is requested.

This program is in collaboration with Houston Public Library.



This program was made possible in part by Wells Fargo.




 
 
 
Unstable Ground: Climate Change, Conflict, and Genocide
April 19, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater 9220 Kirby Dr., Suite 100
 
Join Holocaust Museum Houston for a lecture by Dr. Alex Alvarez, author of "Unstable Ground: Climate Change, Conflict, and Genocide," for the fourth lecture of the Spring 2018 Public Lecture Series, Intergenerational Trauma & Memory: History Carried Through Generations. Climate change is increasingly impacting communities and nations around the world and challenging our ability to cope and adapt to new environmental realities. It also poses significant risk for the onset of communal violence, war and genocide. This talk examines some of the risk factors for violent conflict brought by climate induced stress, especially around resources, population displacement and borders.

Dr. Alex Alvarez earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of New Hampshire in 1991 and is a Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University. From 2001 until 2003 he was the founding Director of the Martin-Springer Institute for Teaching the Holocaust, Tolerance and Humanitarian Values. His main areas of study are in the areas of collective and interpersonal violence, including homicide and genocide.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, and advance registration is requested. To RSVP online, visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.

 
 
 
Yom HaShoah Observance
April 15, 2018 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location Congregation Emanu El 1500 Sunset Blvd.
 

Join Holocaust Museum Houston in observance of Yom HaShoah, a day of remembrance for the 6 million Jewish people who lost their lives during the Holocaust. During this annual commemoration, we will mourn the loss of all who perished, honor those who survived and come together as a community to remember and reflect.

Coordinated by the Yom HaShoah Steering Committee and Holocaust Museum Houston.

Funding for this service is generously provided by The Morgan Family Endowment Fund, the Morgan Family Center and the Morgan Family Foundation.

To live stream this event, please visit https://emanuelhouston.org/


 
 
 
Zikaron BaSalon - Memories in the Living Room
April 11, 2018 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM
Location 10 different locations in Houston
 

Zikaron BaSalon is an annual event, which takes place on Israeli Holocaust Memorial Day. Zikaron BaSalon started in Israel, in a living room where a few friends gathered in 2010 and experienced an extraordinary and meaningful event. 

Alongside formal events, Zikaron BaSalon offers a meaningful and intimate way to commemorate this day and address its implications through discussions at home among family, friends and guests. 

Zikaron BaSalon happens in the living room space of a home with 15-40 people. The event consists of three parts: testimony, expression and open discussion. Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP at www.houstonjewish.org/memories by April 8th. You will be notified closer to the event of your assigned location.


 
 
 
Breakfast Book Club: "Maus" by Art Spiegelman
April 5, 2018 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location Harry's Restaurant and Cafe 318 Tuam St.
 
The Friends of The Boniuk Library invite you to join our Breakfast Book Club for a discussion of "Maus 1: My Father Bleeds History" by Art Spiegelman. This graphic novel tells us two concurrent stories: the first, Speigelman's experience trying to relate to his Holocaust survivor father, and the second, the father's own experience during the Holocaust. This event is free, but participant must pay for their own breakfast. For more information contact Maria Harris, Librarian, at (713) 942-8000, x.110 or library@hmh.org.

 
 
 
Eyes of a Dreamer: A Survivor's Experience
March 29, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Join Holocaust Museum Houston for the third lecture of the Spring 2018 Public Lecture Series, Intergenerational Trauma & Memory: History Carried Through Generations, with Jessica Lorena Rangel, founder of the nonprofit Eyes of a Dreamer, as she shares her story of immigrating to the United States as a child with her mother. Rangel will discuss how the experience has shaped her into an activist in the Houston community and how her emerging voice is supporting immigrant communities throughout Texas and the United States.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, and advance registration is requested. To RSVP online, visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.

 
 
 
Intimacy and Persecution: Intermarried Families in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia during the Holocaust
March 18, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater – 9220 Kirby Dr., Suite 100
 
In her talk, Tatjana Lichtenstein will explore the experiences of intermarried families, Jews and non-Jews, during the Holocaust in the Bohemian Lands (today’s Czech Republic). As in Germany and Austria, the number of people considered by the Nazi authorities to be in mixed marriages or people of mixed ancestry was substantial. These individuals inhabited a particular place in the Nazi radical order, one of relative privilege vis-a-vis Jewish families. Yet, their history is not well understood. Because of their initial exemptions from the harshest anti-Jewish legislation, including deportation, after the war, intermarried individuals themselves, other Jewish survivors as well as scholars downplayed the gravity and significance of these individuals’ experiences. In her talks, Lichtenstein will examine the fate of intermarried families and what this history can tell us about the Holocaust. 

Tatjana Lichtenstein is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and the Director of Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds degrees from the University of Toronto (PhD), Brandeis University (MA), and the University of Copenhagen (BA/MA). before coming to UT in 2009, she was a Schusterman Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies at American University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Lichenstein’s Research focuses on minorities, nationalism, state-building, war and genocide in Eastern Europe in the twentieth century. Her monograph, Zionists in Interwar Czechoslovakia: Minority Nationalism and the Politics of Belonging, was published by Indiana University Press in 2016. Presently, Dr. Lichtenstein is working on a new book project entitled “Intimacy and Persecution: Jews, Non-Jews, and the Holocaust in the Bohemian Lands.” It explores the experiences of intermarried Jewish and non-Jewish families during the Second World War. At UT, Dr. Lichtenstein teaches classes on the Holocaust and the World Wars in Eastern Europe. In these courses, she introduces students to the broad ideological and political background for the wars, to ordinary people’s wartime experiences, as well as to the legacies of mass violence in European societies. She has been part of the Frank Denius Normandy Scholar Program on World War II since 2014.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, and advance registration is requested.

This lecture is sponsored by The Program in Jewish Studies at Rice University.


 
 
 
The Whispering Town
March 16, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location HMH Classroom 9220 Kirby Dr., Suite 100
 

Holocaust Museum Houston's education department will host story time, featuring "The Whispering Town" by author Jennifer Elvgren and illustrator Fabio Santomauro, followed by an art activity. "The Whispering Town" tells the dramatic story of Anett and her parents who shelter a Jewish family in Nazi-occupied Denmark, waiting to be ferried to safety in neutral Sweden. The soldiers patrolling their street are growing suspicious, so the Jewish family must make their way to the harbor. Worried about their safety, Anett devises a clever and unusual plan for their safe passage to the harbor. "The Whispering Town" is based on a true story.

Story time is free and open to the public.

 
 
 
La Ciudad de Susurros
March 16, 2018 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location HMH Classroom 9220 Kirby Dr., Suite 100
 

El departamento de educación del Museo Holocausto de Houston tendrá una hora de cuento con el libro "La Cuidad de Susurros" de la autora Jennifer Elvgren y el ilustrador Fabio Santomauro,  con una actividad de arte después. "La Cuidad de Susurros" cuenta la dramática historia de Anett y sus padres que están escondiendo a una familia judía en Dinamarca durante el tiempo de la ocupación nazi, esperando ser transportados a un lugar seguro en la neutral Suecia. Soldados que patrullan la calles están creciendo sospechoso, y la familia judía debe hacer su camino hacia el puerto pronto. Preocupada por su seguridad, Anett diseña un plan para un paso seguro al puerto. " La Cuidad de Susurros" se basa en una historia real.

Este cuento de libro es gratis para publico.

 
 
 
Oral Testimony Collection Debut
March 15, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location HMH Classroom 9220 Kirby Dr., Suite 100
 

Join HMH for the debut of the USC Shoah Foundation’s newly digitized Holocaust Museum Houston survivor testimony database. Visitors can research historical information about subjects such as concentration camps, towns and life before the Holocaust as seen through the eyes of 277 Houston-area survivors, pulling the information from a database of the survivors’ video testimonies within seconds. 

This event is free with Museum admission.


 
 
 
Winter Hunt (Germany, 2017, 74 min, Drama)
Director: Astrid Schult

March 15, 2018 6:00 PM - 7:45 PM
Location Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center 5601 S. Braeswood Blvd.
 
On a cold, wintry night, Lena shows up on the doorstep of the Rossberg family mansion. She claims her car has broken down, but her arrival is intentional. Lena is in pursuit of Anselm Rossberg, an aged Auschwitz guard who lives with his daughter, Maria. Anselm and Maria both deny Anselm's past, but Lena is determined to get him to confess, even as her own weapon is turned on her and she is forced into a moral dilemma. 

Holocaust Museum Houston's Guild serves as Community Partner for this film screening.

The Houston Jewish Film Festival takes place from Sunday, March 3 - Sunday, March 18, 2018.

Click here to register on the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center website.

 
 
 
Survivor Testimony: Dr. Anna Steinberger
March 14, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater 9220 Kirby Dr., Suite 100
 

Join Holocaust Museum Houston as survivor Dr. Anna Steinberger gives her testimony. Germany attacked Poland in September 1939, when Anna was 11 years old. As bombs fell, Anna and her parents and older brother fled eastward together with thousands of other refugees. Eventually, Anna's family reached Rovno, in the Soviet zone of occupied Poland. One day a Red Army soldier knocked on their door and offered them a choice: return home to the German zone of Poland, or "resettle" in the Soviet Union. They chose the Soviet Union, and were sent to Kolchoz, near Stalingrad, where they toiled on a collective farm. When Germany invaded the USSR in June 1941, Anna's brother was drafted into the Soviet Army and the rest of the family was relocated again, this time to Alma Ata in the Kazakh Republic.

This event is free with Museum admission.


 
 
 
Survivor Testimony: Chaja Verveer
March 14, 2018 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater 9220 Kirby Dr., Suite 100
 
Join Holocaust Museum Houston as survivor Chaja Verveer shares her testimony. Chaja was born in Maarsbergen, Holland in 1941, after Germany had occupied the country. When she was just one year old, Chaja and her family went into hiding, splitting up because they were too many to stay in one place. Chaja ended up in Leiden with the van den Bergs, a Dutch family active in the Resistance. 

In February 1944, the van den Bergs were betrayed and Chaja was sent to Westerbork, a transit camp in northeastern Holland. Trains departed regularly from Westerbork or the extermination camps in German-occupied Poland. On September 13, 1944, the last train left Westerbork. On it were 51 children, including Chaja. After three grueling days and nights on the train, the children arrived in Bergen Belson. The children were subsequently sent to Theresienstadt, a ghetto and transit camp in Czechoslovakia. Chaja was liberated in May 1945.

This event is free with Museum admission.

 
 
 
Oral Testimony Collection Debut
March 13, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location HMH Classroom 9220 Kirby Dr., Suite 100
 

Join HMH for the debut of the USC Shoah Foundation’s newly digitized Holocaust Museum Houston survivor testimony database. Visitors can research historical information about subjects such as concentration camps, towns and life before the Holocaust as seen through the eyes of 277 Houston-area survivors, pulling the information from a database of the survivors’ video testimonies within seconds.

This event is free with Museum admission.

 
 
 
Let's Be Friends!
March 12, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location HMH Classroom 9220 Kirby Dr., Suite 100
 

Grandparents, grandchildren, parents and children are invited to participate in a fun story time and writing workshop hosted by  the Friends of the Boniuk Library. "Let's Be Friends!" begins with a two picture book read-alouds about friendship, "How to Grow a Friend" by Sara Gillingham and "Peanut Butter and Jellyfish" by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Children will then enjoy crafts, face-painting and writing workshops by Writers in the Schools (WITS).

WITS weaves together art and education in libraries, museums, parks, hospitals and community centers, bringing the joy of stories to children throughout Houston. 

Story time is free and open to the public. 

 
 
 
Riphagen: The Untouchable (Netherlands, 2016, 131 min, Drama)
Director: Pieter Kuijpers

March 11, 2018 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center 5601 S Braeswood Blvd.
 
A gripping, intense wartime thriller, "Riphage: The Untouchable" is the chilling epic of a real gangster and war profiteer who betrayed countless Jews in WWII Amsterdam. A foremost figure of the Dutch underworld, the menacing Dries Riphagen was a slick and unscrupulous con artist, most infamously remembered by history as a fervent Jew hunter. As a Nazi collaborator, Riphagen was tasked with tracking down Jews in hiding and confiscating their valuables. Using blackmail to extort small fortunes in jewels, property and currency, he would later betray the location of Jewish families and turn them over to the Germans to meet their fates. Only Jan van Liempd (Kay Greidanus), a young policeman secretly fighting alongside the Resistance, sees through the scheme. His determination to bring the sociopathic war criminal to justice develops into a deadly cat-and-mouse game, as he implacably and zealously pursues a years-long manhunt for the untouchable Riphagen.

Holocaust Museum Houston serves as Community Partner for this film screening.

The Houston Jewish Film Festival takes place from Sunday, March 3 - Sunday, March 18, 2018.

Click here to register on the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center website.

 
 
 
Breakfast Book Club: "The Cellist of Sarajevo" by Steven Galloway
March 8, 2018 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location Harry's Restaurant and Cafe 318 Tuam St.
 
The Friends of The Boniuk Library invite you to join our Breakfast Book Club for a discussion of "The Cellist of Sarajevo" by Steven Galloway. In this novel, a musician plays to commemorate a mortar attack as events unfold around him in a city under siege. This event is free, but participants must pay for their own breakfast. For more information contact Maria Harris, Librarian, at (713) 942-8000, x .110 or library@hmh.org.

 
 
 
The Children of Chance (France, 2016, 95 min, Drama, subtitles)
Director: Malik Chibane

March 6, 2018 8:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 

As part of the Houston Jewish Film Festival, Holocaust Museum Houston will screen the film, "The Children of Chance". A broken leg is a lucky misfortune for Maurice Gutman, a young Jewish boy who is taken away by ambulance just as the Jews of Paris are being rounded up by the French police during WWII. Diagnosed with tuberculosis,Maurice is sheltered in a children's hospital ward. As the war intensifies, the chief physician and senior nurse resort to drastic measures to keep Maurice and the other Jewish patients safe. Based on a true story, this tender coming-of-age drama is a testament to the resilience and bravery of youth.

The Houston Jewish Film Festival takes place from Sunday, March 3 - Sunday, March 18, 2018.

Tickets are $8 for HMH members, JCC members, MFAH Film Buffs, seniors and students; $10 for public/ non-members.

 
 
 
The Children of Chance (France, 2016, 95 min, Drama, subtitles)
Director: Malik Chibane

March 6, 2018 6:00 PM - 7:45 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 

As part of the Houston Jewish Film Festival, Holocaust Museum Houston will screen the film, "The Children of Chance". A broken leg is a lucky misfortune for Maurice Gutman, a young Jewish boy who is taken away by ambulance just as the Jews of Paris are being rounded up by the French police during WWII. Diagnosed with tuberculosis,Maurice is sheltered in a children's hospital ward. As the war intensifies, the chief physician and senior nurse resort to drastic measures to keep Maurice and the other Jewish patients safe. Based on a true story, this tender coming-of-age drama is a testament to the resilience and bravery of youth.

The Houston Jewish Film Festival takes place from Sunday, March 3 - Sunday, March 18, 2018.

Tickets are $8 for HMH members, JCC members, MFAH Film Buffs, seniors and students; $10 for public/ non-members.

 
 
 
Healing Generational Trauma with Generational Gifts
February 15, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater 9220 Kirby Dr., Suite 100
 
Join Holocaust Museum Houston for a lecture by Tonita Gonzalez, where she'll explain and share her beautiful shawl of diversity, representing different cultures and the various traditional medicine practices used for healing. Gonzalez says, "Within each individual we have beautiful gifts of our ancestors. Every human being has the ability to heal, and each of our ancestors have brought these gifts through their medicine. This healing medicine is found in cultural and indigenous science, spirituality and storytelling. Each of us brings to the table a variety of traditional wisdom and knowledge."

The second lecture of the Spring 2018 Public Lecture Series, Intergenerational Trauma & Memory: History Carried Through Generations, guest will learn more about healing communities and individuals from generational traumas through ancestral gifts.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, and advance registration is requested. To RSVP online, visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.

 
 
 
Breakfast Book Club: "Mischling" by Affinity Konar
February 8, 2018 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location Harry's Restaurant and Cafe 318 Tuam St.
 
The Friends of the Boniuk Library invite you to join our Breakfast Book Club for a discussion of "Mischling" by Affinity Konar. This novel tells the story of two sisters in Mengele's Zoo, an experimental population of twins at Auschwitz. This event is free, but participants must pay for their own breakfast. For more information contact Maria Harris, Librarian, at (713) 942-8000, x.110 or library@hmh.org.

This event is open to the public. Seating is limited, and advance registration is requested. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.

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Ten Dollars to Hate
February 6, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Herzstein Theater 9220 Kirby Dr., Suite 100
 
Join Holocaust Museum Houston for a lecture by Patricia Bernstein, author of "Ten Dollars to Hate," the story of the massive Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the first prosecutor in the nation to successfully convict and jail Klan members. Dan Moody, a twenty-nine-year-old Texas District attorney, demonstrated that Klansmen could be punished for taking the law into their own hands. The 1920s Klan infiltrated politics and law enforcement across the United States. Klansmen engaged in extreme violence against white people as well as black people, promoted outrageous bigotry against various ethnic groups, and boycotted non-Klan businesses. A few courageous public officials tried to make Klansmen pay for their crimes and all failed until September 1923 when Dan Moody convicted and won significant prison time for five Klans men in a tense courtroom in Georgetown, Texas.



Photo Credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

 
 
 
Intergenerational Trauma & Memory: History Carried Through Generations Lecture Series - Public Lecture with Dr. Christopher Carmona


January 25, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Join HMH for an evening with Dr. Christopher Carmona in the first lecture of the Spring 2018 Lecture Series, Intergenerational Trauma & Memory: History Carried Through Generations, in correlation with the South Texas Human Rights Art Exhibition and Holocaust Museum Houston's Latino Initiatives Advisory Committee (LIAC).

Dr. Carmona is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and the coordinator of Mexican American Studies for the Brownsville Campus of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He is a member of the Ad Hoc Committee for the TX State Board of Education for Mexican American Studies. Currently, he serves as the Chair of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) Tejas Foco Committee on Implementing Mexican American Studies (MAS) in PreK-12 Education in Texas.

Dr. Carmona will discuss writing about trauma passed down through oral stories and how he was able to create a superhero story that not only challenges the narrative of 'American Exceptionalism,' but also questions how we think about memory and reality. Currently, he is working on a series of YA novellas reimagining the "Lone Ranger" story as a Chicanx superhero fighting Texas Rangers in the Rio Grande Valley from 1905-1920. In the writing of "El Rinche: The Ghost Ranger of Rio Grande," Carmona "flips the script" on the Lone Ranger story by creating a Chicano superhero that disguises himself as a Texas Ranger (rinche) and fights the injustices of the rinches. Rinche is a Spanish slang word used to describe a Texas Ranger.

Dr. Carmona's new bilingual book of poetry entitled "140: Twitter Poems" was published by Jade Press in 2017. Book One of "El Rinche: The Ghost Ranger of the Rio Grande" will be published in late 2018.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, and advance registration is requested. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.

 
 
 
UN Experience
January 23, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location One UN Plaza, New York, NY 10017
 
Join us for a private United Nations experience The Butterfly Project: Remembering children of the Holocaust
 
 
 
Breakfast Book Club: "My Beautiful Birds" by Suzanne Del Rizzo
January 11, 2018 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location Harry's Restaurant and Cafe 318 Tuam St.
 
The Friends of the Boniuk Library invite you to join our Breakfast Book Club for a discussion of "My Beautiful Birds" by Suzanne Del Rizzo. This children's book tells the story of Sami who, living in a refugee camp, can't forget his pet pigeons and the home his family has left behind. One day a canary, a dove, and a rose finch fly into his camp. They flutter around Sami and settle on his outstretched arms. For Sami it is one step in a long healing process at last. This event is free, but participants must pay for their own breakfast. For more information contact Maria Harris, Librarian, at (713) 942-8000, x.110 or library@hmh.org.

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Spector/Warren Fellowship for Future Teachers Public Lecture with Professor Peter Hayes : "Why?: Explaining the Holocaust"
January 10, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location HMH's Herzstein Theater 9220 Kirby Dr., Suite 100
 
Peter Hayes, the content expert working with Holocaust Museum Houston on our expanding Museum’s Permanent Exhibition, earned his Ph.D. at Yale. He specializes in the history of Germany in the 20th century, particularly the Nazi period. He will explore the fundamental conceptual questions asked and responded to in his most recent book, "Why?: Explaining the Holocaust. " The author of 12 books,  Hayes taught at Northwestern University for 36 years from 1980 to 2016. The recipient of numerous teaching awards and research fellowships and a former member of the academic boards of several professional societies and Holocaust memorial sites, Professor Hayes currently serves as the chair of the Academic Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Seating is limited, and advance registration is requested. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.

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Guided tours are available for all visitors on Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

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