The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, continues to host virtual programs. All events take place at 2 p.m. Suggested donation for each event is $10. For more information or to sign up, visit mjhnyc.org/events.
Remembering Babyn Yar, 79 Years Later
Tuesday, Sept. 29
On Sept. 29, 1941, on the eve of Yom Kippur, almost 34,000 Jewish citizens of Kyiv, Ukraine were rounded up and shot over two days at Babyn Yar, a ravine on the outskirts of the city. More Jews were murdered in those two days than in any other single German massacre. Babyn Yar has since become a symbol of the “Holocaust by bullets” – shorthand for the mass shootings carried out in Eastern Europe.
On the 79th anniversary of the massacre, historian Alti Rodal and strategist Berel Rodal will reflect on the resonance of Babyn Yar today.
The Making Of A Danish Rescue Film: “A Day In October” 30 Years Later
Thursday, Oct. 1
Denmark was the only occupied country to actively resist the Nazi deportation of its Jewish citizens. On the 77th anniversary of the historic Danish Rescue that saved 7,200 Jews, the filmmakers of the 1991 film A Day in October – a compelling resistance narrative that brings one Jewish family’s story to life – will examine the rescue operation. Speakers include screenwriter Damian Slattery, director Kenneth Madsen, and an actor from the film,. A DVD of the film is available for purchase. While A Day in October is not yet available for online streaming, this program intends to generate awareness to make it available to the public.
The S.S. Officer’s Armchair: Uncovering The Hidden Life Of A Nazi
Tuesday, Oct. 6
One night at a dinner party in Florence, historian Daniel Lee was told about a remarkable discovery. An upholsterer in Amsterdam had found a bundle of swastika-covered documents inside the cushion of an armchair he was repairing. They belonged to Dr. Robert Griesinger, a lawyer from Stuttgart, who joined the S.S. and worked at the Reich’s Ministry of Economics and Labor in Nazi-occupied Prague during the war.
In this book talk, historian Lisa Leff will interview Lee about his book, The S.S. Officer’s Armchair, an astonishing narrative about the journey to learn more about Griesinger and how his most precious documents ended up hidden inside a chair, hundreds of miles from Prague and Stuttgart.
Resistance In Belarus: The Bielski Partisans And Today
Thursday, Oct. 8
During the Holocaust, the Bielski Brothers formed the largest partisan detachment in Nazi-occupied Europe. Aron Bell (born Aron Bielski) was the youngest of four brothers who famously started a Jewish rescue movement through partisan communities hiding in the woods of German-occupied western Belorussia (now Belarus). In this program, Aron Bell, his wife Henryka, and niece Assi Weinstein (née Bielski) will be joined by Tamara Vershitskaya, a researcher and curator of the Jewish Resistance Museum, for a discussion of the Bielski Partisans and their enduring legacy. Moderated by Tablet Magazine European culture correspondent Vladislav Davidzon, who was recently awarded a fellowship at the Atlantic Council for his coverage of the 2020 Belarusian protests.