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 for the following events, visit mjhnyc.org/events.
“Demagogue: The Life & Long Shadow Of Sen. Joe McCarthy” with Larry Tye
Thursday, August 20 | 2 PM
U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy was one of the most controversial people in 1950s America, championing an anti-communist movement that often gave way to antisemitism. In Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy, bestselling author Larry Tye offers a comprehensive portrait of McCarthy based on the first-ever review of his personal and professional papers, medical and military records, and recently unsealed transcripts of his closed-door Congressional hearings. Join Tye for a discussion of his new book and McCarthy’s complex legacy.
Gerda III: Ship Of Salvation
August 25 | 2 PM
During World War II, in defiance of their German occupiers, the people of Denmark saved nearly the entire Jewish population of their country. Gerda III – a wooden workboat built in 1926 to re-supply offshore lighthouses – was just one of the boats used to secretly ferry Danish Jews to safety in unoccupied Sweden.
In 1989, an act of Danish Parliament donated the Gerda III to the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Today, the boat is docked at the Mystic Seaport Museum and cared for by longtime volunteer Howard Veisz. Veisz’s connection to the Gerda III is not accidental: his father was also forced to flee from the Nazis, escaping from Berlin to Bolivia before reaching the US and returning to Europe as part of the D-Day invasion forces.
A conversation with Veisz and screenwriter Damian Slattery, whose 1991 film A Day in October tells the story of the Danish rescue. The discussion will focus on the Gerda III and Henny Sinding Sundø, the lighthouse worker who helped rescue more than 300 Danish Jews, and who is the subject of Veisz’s 2017 book Henny and Her Boat: Righteousness and Resistance in Nazi Occupied Denmark.
Grief: The Biography Of A Holocaust Photograph
September 1| 2 PM
Join us for a conversation with Russian-Jewish history scholar David Shneer and historian Yigal Kotler about Shneer’s new book and the role of Soviet photography during the Holocaust.
In January 1942, Soviet press photographers took pictures of the first liberation of a German mass atrocity, where an estimated 7,000 Jews and others were executed at a trench near Kerch on the Crimean peninsula. Dmitri Baltermants, a Soviet photojournalist, took photos that day that would have a long life in shaping the image of Nazi genocide in and against the Soviet Union. Presenting never before seen photographs, Grief: The Biography of a Holocaust Photograph shows how Baltermants used the image of a grieving woman to render this gruesome mass atrocity into a transcendentally human tragedy. Unlike images of emaciated camp survivors or barbed wire fences, Shneer argues, the Holocaust by bullets in the Soviet Union make Grief a quintessential Soviet image of Nazi genocide.