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The Boniuk Library Book Club Discussion of  “All the Light There Was” by Nancy Kricorian
March 28, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location HMH Conference Room
 
Join The Boniuk Library Book Club as Holocaust Museum Houston librarian Maria Harris facilitates a discussion of “All the Light There Was” by Nancy Kricorian. After surviving the genocide in their homeland, Maral Pegorian and her family arrive in Paris to start a new life, but they soon realize that the Nazi Occupation is not simply a temporary outrage to be endured. This event is free and open to the public. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.  Registration is limited to 12 participants, but the discussion may be offered on a second date. If registration is full, contact Maria Harris at (713) 942-8000, x110 or library@hmh.org to add your name to an interest list.  You can buy the book at http://www.amazon.com/All-Light-There-Nancy-Kricorian/dp/0547939949. 

 
 
 
“Inmate Physicians in Nazi Concentration Camps: Scope for Action Available to Them, and Dilemmas They Faced”
March 22, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert & Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Inmate physicians were Jewish and non-Jewish doctors who had been deported to concentration camps and assigned to work in medical facilities there.  They treated fellow inmates suffering from hunger and the effects of forced labor.  These physicians were forced to treat too many patients with too few resources. Patients unable to recover within a short time were "selected" for death. Inmate physicians were forced to participate in these activities and were faced with a profound moral dilemma regarding their official duties in the camp. Dr. Ley, deputy director of Sachsenhausen Memorial & Museum, will discuss how inmate physicians dealt with the fact that ultimately they could not serve as doctors in the concentration camps without violating humanitarian principles and that standards of medical ethics. Admission is free and open to the public, but registration is required at http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx. 

 
 
 
Houston Jewish Film Festival Feature at HMH
“The People vs. Fritz Bauer,” Director Lars Kraume (Germany, 2015, 105m, Drama)

March 14, 2017 5:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Location Albert & Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston presents the 13th Houston Jewish Film Festival March 5-19, 2017, showcasing 27 of the best Jewish and Israeli films from around the world. For complete film festival schedule, click here.
HMH’s featured presentation, “The People vs. Fritz Bauer,” is based on real people and events.  This tale finds Bauer, a German Jew, serving as an attorney general in West Germany in 1957. Part of his work is to track down former Nazi officials, and he’s increasingly thwarted by superiors and underlings who are still sympathetic to the Third Reich. Bauer receives word that the war criminal Adolf Eichmann may be hiding in Argentina, setting off an investigation that leads to death threats and more obstructions. He’s helped by an underling, Karl Angermann (a fictional character), who begins to doubt his assignment once he learns that capturing Eichmann involves a secret alliance with Mossad, the Israeli Secret Service.  This treasonous act could put both investigators in jail. The film won numerous German film awards including best film, director, screenplay, supporting actor, and set design.  Admission is $8 for members of participating museums, students and seniors; $10 for non-members.
Registration is required at http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx. 



 
 
 
Houston Jewish Film Festival Feature at HMH
“The People vs. Fritz Bauer,” Director Lars Kraume (Germany, 2015, 105m, Drama)

March 14, 2017 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM
Location Albert & Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston presents the 13th Houston Jewish Film Festival March 5-19, 2017, showcasing 27 of the best Jewish and Israeli films from around the world. For complete film festival schedule, click here.
HMH’s featured presentation, “The People vs. Fritz Bauer,” is based on real people and events.  This tale finds Bauer, a German Jew, serving as an attorney general in West Germany in 1957. Part of his work is to track down former Nazi officials, and he’s increasingly thwarted by superiors and underlings who are still sympathetic to the Third Reich. Bauer receives word that the war criminal Adolf Eichmann may be hiding in Argentina, setting off an investigation that leads to death threats and more obstructions. He’s helped by an underling, Karl Angermann (a fictional character), who begins to doubt his assignment once he learns that capturing Eichmann involves a secret alliance with Mossad, the Israeli Secret Service.  This treasonous act could put both investigators in jail. The film won numerous German film awards including best film, director, screenplay, supporting actor, and set design.  Admission is $8 for members of participating museums, students and seniors; $10 for non-members.
Registration is required at http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx. 

 
 
 
The Boniuk Library Book Club Discussion of “Lilac Girls” by Martha Hall Kelly
February 28, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location HMH Conference Room
 
Join The Boniuk Library Book as Holocaust Museum Houston librarian Maria Harris facilitates a discussion of “Lilac Girls” by Martha Hall Kelly. Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this novel reveals an incredible story of love, redemption, and terrible secrets that were hidden for decades. This event is free and open to the public. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.  Registration is limited to 12 participants, but the discussion may be offered on a second date. If registration is full, contact Maria Harris at (713) 942-8000, x110 or library@hmh.org to add your name to an interest list.  You can buy the book at http://www.amazon.com/Lilac-Girls-Martha-Hall-Kelly/dp/1101883073/. 

 
 
 
"Inside Government" – Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Junior Workshop

February 25, 2017 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
Build a vision for a better world while learning how to stand up and speak out as a social innovator! Girls will complete the Junior "Inside Government" Badge by exploring historical leadership, prejudices and experiences with Holocaust Museum Houston. The cost of this program is $15, which includes snacks, program supplies and a Museum tour. For more information, contact the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council by email at areinhardt@sjgs.org or by phone at 713-292-0338 or email Holocaust Museum Houston at education@hmh.org. To register, visit https://www.gssjc.org/en/sf-events-repository/2017/inside-government-holocaust-museum.html. Note: This activity is girls-only. Girls may be dropped off for the program. Adults may stay at the Museum if they desire, but will not participate in activities with girls.
 
 
 
The Legacy of Japanese American Internment and
Muslim American Discrimination Today   

February 22, 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Asia Society, 1370 Southmore Blvd.
 
Join Asia Society and HMH to discuss the memory of Japanese American internment, the current status of the community, and what it means to be Muslim American in the 21st century.
Panelists include Dr. Abbie Grubb, Instructor of History at San Jacinto College and Mustafa Tameez Founder and Managing Director of Outreach Strategists LLC, a bipartisan public affairs firm.
TICKETS:   http://asiasociety.org/texas/events/legacy-japanese-american-internment-and-muslim-american-discrimination-today
Free if you enter discount code INTERNMENT2017 and click “apply.”

 
 
 
Author Appearance & Book Signing with Dr. Lori Flores
Grounds for Dreaming:  Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants
and the California Farmworker Movement 

February 16, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Known as “The Salad Bowl of the World,” California’s Salinas Valley became an agricultural empire due to the toil of diverse farmworkers, including Latinos. Professor Flores will discuss the history of how Mexican Americans and Mexican immigrants organized for their rights in the decades leading up to the seminal strikes led by Cesar Chavez. She will also look closely at how different groups of Mexicans—U.S. born, bracero, and undocumented—confronted and interacted with one another during this period. Her book is an incisive study of labor, migration, race, gender, citizenship, and class, and offers crucial insights for today’s ever-growing U.S. Latino demographic, the farmworker rights movement, and future immigration policy.
Book-signing after the lecture. Professor Lori Flores is the assistant professor in the Department of History at Stony Brook University.  Free admission, but RSVP required at http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.

  Dr. Lori Flores
Dr. Lori Flores



 
 
 
GAME CITY SHOWCASE 
February 2, 2017 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Inside and outside of HMH
 
Super Bowl fans get ready to mix, mingle, nosh and revel at a FREE admission evening in the Museum District.  Holocaust Museum Houston offers up interactive art, tasty food trucks, live music by El Gato del Norte, and more. Visitors will experience authentic film footage, artifacts, photographs and documents which show life in pre-war Europe, the Nazi move toward the “Final Solution” and life after the Holocaust. The Museum’s permanent exhibits include an authentic World War II rail car, Danish fishing boat and two traveling exhibits:  “Bittersweet Harvest:  The Bracero Program 1942-1964” and “A Celebration of Survival” by Barbara Hines, the most technologically advanced exhibit in the Museum’s 20-year history.For complete Game City Showcase details, visit http://gamecityshowcase2017.365thingsinhouston.com/.

 
 
 
Screening of Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story (2008 ? Drama film/History ? 2h 3m)
Followed by Discussion with Louis-Philippe Mendes, grandson of Aristides de Sousa Mendes

January 26, 2017 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
In June 1940 a refugee crisis of historic proportions was created with the Nazis occupation of Paris. Millions of refugees fleeing the advancing Nazi troops rushed to Bordeaux, in the South of France, to seek visas from the neutral Consulate of Portugal. Aristides de Sousa Mendes, at great risk to his career and the safety of his family, defied the direct orders of his government and issued visas to an estimated 30,000 refugees including around 10,000 Jews. He was recalled to Lisbon, and punished for his disobedience, later dying in poverty and disgrace. This remarkable true story has been described by historians as “the largest rescue action by a single individual during the Holocaust.”  Guests can meet and discuss the film with Louis-Philippe Mendes, grandson of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, and view artifacts in the Museum’s foyer of passports with the original Sousa Mendes visas along with personal items of refugees rescued by Aristides de Sousa Mendes.

Admission is free and open to the public with advance registration required. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.  Co-sponsored by the AJC, American Jewish Committee.

 
 
 
A Celebration of Survival by Barbara Hines January 20 through May 30, 2017
January 19, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Mincberg Gallery
 
An immersive multimedia exhibition designed to honor the heroes, victims, and survivors of the Holocaust. Hines' first solo multimedia exhibition is breathtaking with its incorporation of different light, colors, sounds, textures and interactive technology that stimulates one's senses to contemplate her message of redemption and forgiveness. Includes an audio-visual installation featuring New Dimensions in Testimony, created by USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education, inviting students and adults to hold a "virtual conversation" by "talking" with the hologram of a Holocaust survivor who provides real-time answers to direct questions. HMH is one of only five locations in North America to ever host this extraordinary learning technology. HMH members are invited to a preview reception with the artist from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 19, 2017. Admission is free, but advance registration is required for this reception. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.

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The Boniuk Library Book Club Discussion of “Charlotte” by David Foenkinos
January 17, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location HMH Conference Room
 
Join The Boniuk Library Book as Holocaust Museum Houston librarian Maria Harris facilitates a discussion of “Charlotte” by David Foenkinos. This tribute to the tragic life and transcendent art of Holocaust victim Charlotte Salomon depicts a young World War II artist from Berlin who embraces life in the aftermath of a devastating suicide before escaping to France, creating evocative autobiographical works and eventually losing her life at Auschwitz. This event is free and open to the public. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.  Registration is limited to 12 participants, but the discussion may be offered on a second date. If registration is full, contact Maria Harris at (713) 942-8000, x110 or library@hmh.org to add your name to an interest list.  You can buy the book at http://www.amazon.com/Charlotte-Novel-David-Foenkinos/dp/1468312766/.
 
 
 
Civil Liberties: A Community Discussion
January 17, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Please join Holocaust Museum Houston and the Japanese American Citizens League Houston Chapter for a night of discussion featuring a diverse panel of leaders from the Houston community. Drawing on our shared history, the panel remembers human rights abuses—abroad and in America—and stands as a testimony to the dangers of hatred, bigotry, and apathy. We will be discussing the challenges and opportunities facing our community, now and in the future. As the most diverse city in the country, Houston has the unique opportunity to be a leader in inclusion, respect, and empathy. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.

 Press Release
 
 
 
Kosberg-Wilkenfeld Distinguished Lecture Series with Dr. Arye Zvi Carmon
Day 2 Lecture Topic:  “Religion and Politics in Israel”

January 11, 2017 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location The Emery/Weiner School’s Becker Theater, 9825 Stella Link Rd.
 
Dr. Arye Zvi Carmon, founding president and senior fellow of the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI), is the featured guest lecturer for the Kosberg-Wilkenfeld Distinguished Lecture Series held in conjunction with Holocaust Museum Houston. The Stanford University lecturer for the International Policy Studies Program, Dr. Carmon will speak in Houston at the free two-day series scheduled for January 10 and 11, 2017. The Kosberg-Wilkenfeld Distinguished Lecture Series was funded as a gift made in memory of Ruth Vinn Hendler Lack, a Holocaust survivor who served as the second executive director of the Museum. Lack was killed in a car accident in 1994, ending several years of service at the Museum. Since its inception in 2006, The Kosberg-Wilkenfeld Distinguished Lecture Series has featured internationally-known experts discussing “strategically important” issues to current and future generations of Americans.  Distinguished lecturers have included famed attorney Alan Dershowitz, political commentator Ronald Brownstein, and best-selling authors Neal Bascomb and Deborah Lipstadt.   Dr. Carmon will cover two dynamic topics over the two-day lecture series giving Houstonians an unprecedented opportunity to experience and interface with one of the world’s most renowned experts on Israeli political reform.  The series opens with the topic of developing the legacy of the Holocaust as a moral challenge for future generations.  “And You Should Tell Your Son” will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 10, 2017, in the Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater at Asia Society, 1370 Southmore Blvd. in Houston’s Museum District.  Day two of the series explores “Religion and Politics in Israel,” focusing on the vulnerability of the secular foundations of Israeli democracy.  This closing lecture takes place Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at 7 p.m. in the Becker Theater at The Emery/Weiner School, located at 9825 Stella Link Rd.  The Kosberg-Wilkenfeld Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Arye Zvi Carmon are free and open to the public but advance registration is required. Join us for a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by the 7 p.m. lecture and discussion. Please visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online or contact Natalia Regan at nregan@hmh.org or call 713-527-1616.   

Arye Carmon is one of Israel's foremost experts on political reform. In 1991, he founded the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) to strengthen the structural and normative foundations of Israeli democracy. Under his leadership, IDI has become a leading think tank with a reputation among policy makers for nonpartisanship, professionalism, and actionable policy recommendations. A charismatic leader, Carmon has promoted democracy and political education in the classroom and as a member of the board of numerous national institutions and government committees. The author of five books, he has published and lectured extensively on education, Israeli-Diaspora relations and the Holocaust. Carmon earned his B.A. and M.A. (with distinction) from the Hebrew University and his Ph.D. in European history and educational policy studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 2009, the State of Israel recognized Carmon's great contributions to the Israeli state and society, awarding IDI the prestigious Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement. He is currently a lecturer for the International Policy Studies Program at Stanford University.            

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Zyklon B on the U.S.-Mexico Border: The El Paso-Juárez Bath Riots and the Global Eugenics Movement in the Early Twentieth Century
January 11, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
As part of the Spector/Warren Fellowship, please join us for an evening lecture with Dr. David Dorado Romo, author of Ringside Seat to a Revolution: An Underground Cultural History of El Paso and Juárez, 1893-1923. Like the people he writes about in Ringside Seat to a Revolution, Romo is a fronterizo. He grew up knowing both sides of the Rio Grande as his home. As a cultural activist in the 1990s, he felt the shadows of the Revolution in the streets and barrios of El Paso and Juárez, the cities where he grew up. He began a passionate four-year search through the archives of Mexico and the U.S. looking for the history that casts those shadows. The stories he tells reveal an intellectual renaissance born of conflict, a revelation of the fronterizo spirit that is so essential in understanding the U.S.-Mexico Border region. Romo, the son of Mexican immigrants, is an essayist, historian, translator, and musician. He has studied at the Centro d’Attivitá Musicale in Florence, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and received a degree in Judaic Studies from Stanford University. Romo is currently a Mellon Resident Scholar at the School of Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In this lecture, Dr. Romo will focus on his research during the writing of his book, connecting the history of the 1917 Bath Riots at the Santa Fe Bridge to the Nazi’s Final Solution. Admission is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.

 
 
 
Kosberg-Wilkenfeld Distinguished Lecture Series with Dr. Arye Zvi Carmon
Day 1 Lecture Topic:  “And You Should Tell Your Son”

January 10, 2017 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Asia Society’s Brown Foundation Performing Arts Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd.
 
Dr. Arye Zvi Carmon, founding president and senior fellow of the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI), is the featured guest lecturer for the Kosberg-Wilkenfeld Distinguished Lecture Series held in conjunction with Holocaust Museum Houston. The Stanford University lecturer for the International Policy Studies Program, Dr. Carmon will speak in Houston at the free two-day series scheduled for January 10 and 11, 2017. The Kosberg-Wilkenfeld Distinguished Lecture Series was funded as a gift made in memory of Ruth Vinn Hendler Lack, a Holocaust survivor who served as the second executive director of the Museum. Lack was killed in a car accident in 1994, ending several years of service at the Museum. Since its inception in 2006, The Kosberg-Wilkenfeld Distinguished Lecture Series has featured internationally-known experts discussing “strategically important” issues to current and future generations of Americans.  Distinguished lecturers have included famed attorney Alan Dershowitz, political commentator Ronald Brownstein, and best-selling authors Neal Bascomb and Deborah Lipstadt.    Dr. Carmon will cover two dynamic topics over the two-day lecture series giving Houstonians an unprecedented opportunity to experience and interface with one of the world’s most renowned experts on Israeli political reform.  The series opens with the topic of developing the legacy of the Holocaust as a moral challenge for future generations.  “And You Should Tell Your Son” will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 10, 2017, in the Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater at Asia Society, 1370 Southmore Blvd. in Houston’s Museum District.  Day two of the series explores “Religion and Politics in Israel,” focusing on the vulnerability of the secular foundations of Israeli democracy.  This closing lecture takes place Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at 7 p.m. in the Becker Theater at The Emery/Weiner School, located at 9825 Stella Link Rd.  The Kosberg-Wilkenfeld Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Arye Zvi Carmon are free and open to the public but advance registration is required. Join us for a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by the 7 p.m. lecture and discussion. Please visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online or contact Natalia Regan at nregan@hmh.org or call 713-527-1616.   

Arye Carmon is one of Israel's foremost experts on political reform. In 1991, he founded the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) to strengthen the structural and normative foundations of Israeli democracy. Under his leadership, IDI has become a leading think tank with a reputation among policy makers for nonpartisanship, professionalism, and actionable policy recommendations. A charismatic leader, Carmon has promoted democracy and political education in the classroom and as a member of the board of numerous national institutions and government committees. The author of five books, he has published and lectured extensively on education, Israeli-Diaspora relations and the Holocaust. Carmon earned his B.A. and M.A. (with distinction) from the Hebrew University and his Ph.D. in European history and educational policy studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 2009, the State of Israel recognized Carmon's great contributions to the Israeli state and society, awarding IDI the prestigious Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement. He is currently a lecturer for the International Policy Studies Program at Stanford University.   


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2016 Events

Author Appearance & Book Signing with Dr. Joel Dimsdale
December 14, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Meet Dr. Joel Dimsdale, a professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego and author of “Anatomy of Malice: The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals.” Renowned psychiatrist, Dr. Joel Dimsdale, will shed new light on the psychology of the war criminals at Nuremberg. After an international war crimes trial in Nuremberg was convened, a psychiatrist, Douglas Kelley, and a psychologist, Gustave Gilbert, tried to fathom the psychology of the Nazi leaders, using extensive psychiatric interviews, IQ tests, and Rorschach inkblot tests. The findings were so disconcerting that portions of the data were hidden away for decades and the research became a topic of intense debates. Drawing on his decades of experience as a psychiatrist and the dramatic advances within psychiatry, psychology, and neuroscience since Nuremberg, Joel E. Dimsdale reviews the findings and examines in detail four of the war criminals, Robert Ley, Hermann Göring, Julius Streicher, and Rudolf Hess. Book-signing after the lecture. Admission is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.
 
 
 
Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1962
December 8, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Central Gallery at the Morgan Family Center
 
Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH) will open its first Spanish/English bilingual exhibit, “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964,” Friday, December 9, 2016. The exhibit showcases the bracero program, the largest guest worker program in U.S. history, which brought millions of Mexican nationals north to work on short-term labor contracts. The work was backbreaking and living conditions poor, but the program offered Mexican men economic opportunities and much-needed work. Their contributions to communities in Mexico and the U.S. have had a lasting impact on the political, economic, social, and cultural landscapes of both nations.

The exploitation of bracero workers and violations of their legal rights and civil liberties prompted efforts to repeal the program. In 1956, photographer Leonard Nadel documented the harsh realities of bracero life, intending to highlight employer violations and improve bracero working conditions. The exhibition is traveled by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and Nadel’s images provide the visuals for “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964.”

The new exhibit runs through Sunday, May 14, 2017, in the Museum’s Central Gallery at the Morgan Family Center, 5401 Caroline St., in Houston’s Museum District. The public is invited to an opening reception held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, December 8, 2016, with opening remarks at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but advance registration is required for this reception. Visit www.hmh.org/registerevent.aspx to RSVP online. 
To renew a membership or to join and attend, visit www.hmh.org, email Natalia Regan at nregan@hmh.org or call 713-527-1616.

“Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964,” was organized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. Funding was provided by the Smithsonian Latino Center.

Presented locally by Wells Fargo, “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964” is also made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Dr. Jesus Esparza is hosting a bracero oral history project documenting
Houston-area braceros or family members’ stories.  To participate, please contact Dr. Esparza at esparazajj@tsu.edu.

 
 
 
Let’s Be Friends!
December 3, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
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 at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 with two picture book read-alouds about friendship. Children can do crafts and enjoy face painting and a snack before attending writing workshops by Writers in the Schools (WITS) at 11 a.m.

Writers in the Schools (WITS) weaves together art and education in libraries, museums, parks, hospitals, and community centers, bringing the joy of stories to children throughout Houston. For more information about WITS, visit http://witshouston.org/.

This event is free and open to the public, but space may be limited, so advanced registration is requested. To register for "Let's Be Friends!" visit www.hmh.org/registerevent.aspx. For more information please contact Maria Harris, Librarian, at library@hmh.org or (713) 942-8000, x.110.

 
 
 
Book Discussion: “Suite Française” by Irène Némirovsky
November 16, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
This November, Holocaust Museum Houston librarian Maria Harris facilitates a discussion of “Suite Française” by Irène Némirovsky. A story of life in France under the Nazi occupation includes two parts--"Storm in June," set amid the chaotic 1940 exodus from Paris, and "Dolce," set in a German-occupied village rife with resentment, resistance, and collaboration. This event is free and open to the public.  Registration is limited to 12 participants, but the discussion may be offered on a second date. Visit www.hmh.org/registerevent.aspx to RSVP online.  If registration is full, contact Maria Harris at (713) 527-1610 or mharris@hmh.org to add your name to an interest list.  
 
 
 
“Hélène Berr: A Young Girl in Occupied Paris”  by Director Jérôme Prieur
November 10, 2016 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
In conjunction with HMH’s Hélène Berr: A Stolen Life exhibit, this film will give you further insight into the life of Hélène Berr, a brilliant, young Jewish student of literature at the Sorbonne University,  who lived in Paris during the Nazi occupation. She kept a diary from 1942 till 1944, wherein she described the mounting horrors of the persecution of the Jews. She was arrested in 1944 with her parents and sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau. She died in Bergen-Belsen, a few days before liberation. Her secret diary was kept in the family and finally published in 2008.   Utilizing previously unseen footage shot in occupied Paris, official archival images and family photographs including remarkable home-movies, French director Jérôme Prieur offers a highly original and captivating adaptation of Hélène Berr’s journal. Free admission. Limited seating, registration required. Visit www.hmh.org/registerevent.aspx to RSVP online. 

 
 
 
2016 Guardian of the Human Spirit Luncheon
November 3, 2016 11:55 AM - 1:30 PM
Location Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar St., Houston, TX 77010
 
Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH) is pleased to honor Ric Campo, chairman and CEO of Camden Property Trust and chairman, Houston Super Bowl Host Committee, with the 2016 Guardian of the Human Spirit award for his focus on economic development and future growth of Houston while embracing our diverse community and supporting others with his generous philanthropic endeavors. Campo has been building our community, literally, for more than 30 years. As a selfless ambassador for Houston, Campo has traveled the nation promoting the city’s diverse community as our No.1 strength and secured national level events like Super Bowl LI for Houston. Though the economic impact of his work is obvious, it is the positive results of Campo's human impact and community building that makes him a Guardian of the Human Spirit. Keynote speaker for the luncheon is Jamey Rootes, president of the Houston Texans and current chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership. Rootes has built the Texans into one of the most valuable sports franchises in the NFL and globally, shining yet another positive spotlight on Houston’s diverse community. He also oversees activities of the Houston Texans Foundation, which generates over $1 million annually to benefit youth and families in the Houston area.

Your generous support allows HMH to educate this generation about the Holocaust and other genocides, as well as the lessons to be learned from them. The educational programs of Holocaust Museum Houston encourage youth to become upstanders, young men and women who take a positive stand on behalf of themselves and others to ensure a just outcome.  Please join us November 3 for this luncheon celebration of how one man can make such a difference in so many lives. Purchase tickets from below options or contact spiritlunch@hmh.org or Amanda Shagrin, Development Officer, call 713-527-1622.

 
 
 
Bonhoeffer Tours
October 29, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location Morgan Family Center
 
Holocaust Museum Houston will offer tours focusing on the life and ministry of the German Lutheran theologian Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer each Saturday in October. Bonhoeffer's actions against the Nazi Party and his message to the church in the context of the events of the Holocaust will be the focus of tours of the Museum's permanent exhibit, German railcar and Danish fishing boat. Tours include a look at the early influences on Bonhoeffer before the Holocaust, his organization of the Confessing Church to stand with the Jews in reaction to the Aryan clause, his involvement in assassination attempts on Adolf Hitler and his imprisonment and execution at the Flossenburg concentration camp by direct order from Hitler. The tours include the stories of the Bishop of Munster and Pastor Trocme, church leaders who strived to protect victims from Nazi tyranny. Admission and the walk-in tour are $8. To register for any tour, call 713-527-1602 or e-mail tours@hmh.org.

 
 
 
Book Discussion: “The Train to Crystal City” by Jan Jarboe Russell
October 26, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Conference Room
 
This October, The Boniuk Library teams up with Gulf Coast Reads to present a discussion of “The Train to Crystal City” by Jan Jarboe Russell. Focusing on a little-known event in American history that has long been kept quiet, this dramatic account exposes a secret FDR-approved American internment camp in Texas during World War II where hundreds of prisoners were exchanged for other Americans behind enemy lines in Japan and Germany. Gulf Coast Reads is an annual regional reading initiative focused on promoting the simultaneous reading or listening to a selected title by those living along the upper Texas Gulf Coast. The reading initiative’s goal is to encourage our communities to read the same title during the month of October in order to encourage readers to come together in discussions about it with neighbors, co-workers, friends and their families, as well as in classrooms and in libraries throughout the region. This event is free. Registration is limited to 12 participants, but the discussion may be offered on a second date. If registration is full, call 713-942-8000, ext. 110 or email library@hmh.org to add your name to an interest list.
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Bonhoeffer Tours
October 22, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location Morgan Family Center
 
Holocaust Museum Houston will offer tours focusing on the life and ministry of the German Lutheran theologian Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer each Saturday in October. Bonhoeffer's actions against the Nazi Party and his message to the church in the context of the events of the Holocaust will be the focus of tours of the Museum's permanent exhibit, German railcar and Danish fishing boat. Tours include a look at the early influences on Bonhoeffer before the Holocaust, his organization of the Confessing Church to stand with the Jews in reaction to the Aryan clause, his involvement in assassination attempts on Adolf Hitler and his imprisonment and execution at the Flossenburg concentration camp by direct order from Hitler. The tours include the stories of the Bishop of Munster and Pastor Trocme, church leaders who strived to protect victims from Nazi tyranny. Admission and the walk-in tour are $8. To register for any tour, call 713-527-1602 or e-mail tours@hmh.org.

 
 
 
Author Appearance & Book Signing with Dr. Alon Confino
October 20, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Meet Dr. Alon Confino, a professor of History at the University of Virginia and author of A World Without Jews: The Nazi Imagination from Persecution to Genocide.  Dr. Confino will discuss his book which draws on an array of archives across three continents to propose a penetrating new assessment of one of the central moral problems of the twentieth century.  The author explores how Germans came to conceive of the idea of a Germany without Jews.  He traces the stories the Nazis told themselves—where they came from and where they were heading—and how those stories led to the conclusion that Jews must be eradicated in order for the new Nazi civilization to arise.  As Germans imagined a future world without Jews, persecution and extermination became imaginable, and even justifiable.  Book-signing after the lecture.  Admission is $8 for non-members, $5 for members, seniors and students, but advance registration is required. Visit www.hmh.org/registerevent.aspx to RSVP online.

 
 
 
“GENOCIDE:  Man’s Inhumanity to Humankind”
October 19, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Mincberg Gallery
 
Holocaust Museum Houston’s first contemporary juried exhibit, “GENOCIDE:  Man’s Inhumanity to Humankind,” includes 65 selections representing 2D and 3D media. Works featured are from the more than 600 submissions by Texas area artists, with the exception of film and video. This contemporary art exhibition explores the suffering humans are capable of bestowing on one another. “GENOCIDE” is the brainchild of Holocaust Museum Houston’s changing exhibitions committee, including Gus Kopriva, owner of the Redbud Gallery in Houston, and Clint Willour, curator for the Galveston Arts Center. Willour also was the juror of the exhibition. He has served as juror for numerous commercial and non-profit organizations. The topic of genocide is part of HMH’s mission to teach the dangers against hatred, prejudice and apathy. Through the eyes of each artists’ work, these lessons are reflected vividly, hauntingly and provocatively with the understanding of the brutality and senselessness of such acts.Inviting artists with ties to Texas inspires collaboration with the museum and further promotes the programs and activities of HMH.  Privately donated cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place and a catalogue will be produced. HMH members are invited to a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 19, 2016, with opening remarks by Gus Kopriva and Clint Willour at 6:30 p.m.   Admission is free, but advance registration is required for this reception. Visit www.hmh.org/registerevent.aspx to RSVP online.

 
 
 
DENIAL SCREENING -- MEMBERS NIGHT OUT AT RIVER OAKS THEATER
October 15, 2016 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Landmark River Oaks Theater 2009 West Gray
 
 HMH members are invited to a complimentary film screening of the award-winning movie DENIAL. “Based on the acclaimed book Denial: Holocaust History on Trial, the film DENIAL recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s (Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (BAFTA nominee Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, in cases of libel, the burden of proof is on the defendant, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team, led by Richard Rampton (Academy Award® nominee Tom Wilkinson), to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred.” COMPLIMENTARY tickets are gone but members wishing to take part can purchase tickets at River Oaks Theater: https://www.landmarktheatres.com/houston/river-oaks-theatre/film-info/denial
Tickets are $10.50 through the theater.

 
 
 
"It's Your World - Change It!" – Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Older Girl Workshop
October 15, 2016 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
Build a vision for a better world while learning how to stand up and speak out as a social innovator! Girls will complete portions of the GIRLtopia or Bliss Journeys by exploring historical leadership, prejudices and experiences with Holocaust Museum Houston. Seniors and Ambassadors will learn about persecuted populations undergoing social cruelty. In addition to Journey work, girls will learn how to be an advocate for change by earning the "Social Innovator" or "Public Policy" badge. The cost of this program is $20, which includes a Museum tour, program supplies and lunch. For more information, contact the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council by email at nfrank@sjgs.org or call 713-292-0338 or email Holocaust Museum Houston at education@hmh.org. Registration closes Oct. 14, 2016. To register go to: https://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/Home.aspx.  Note: This activity is girls-only. Girls may be dropped off for the program. Adults may stay at the Museum if they desire, but will not participate in activities with girls.


 
 
 
Bonhoeffer Tours
October 15, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location Morgan Family Center
 
Holocaust Museum Houston will offer tours focusing on the life and ministry of the German Lutheran theologian Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer each Saturday in October. Bonhoeffer's actions against the Nazi Party and his message to the church in the context of the events of the Holocaust will be the focus of tours of the Museum's permanent exhibit, German railcar and Danish fishing boat. Tours include a look at the early influences on Bonhoeffer before the Holocaust, his organization of the Confessing Church to stand with the Jews in reaction to the Aryan clause, his involvement in assassination attempts on Adolf Hitler and his imprisonment and execution at the Flossenburg concentration camp by direct order from Hitler. The tours include the stories of the Bishop of Munster and Pastor Trocme, church leaders who strived to protect victims from Nazi tyranny. Admission and the walk-in tour are $8. To register for any tour, call 713-527-1602 or e-mail tours@hmh.org.

 
 
 
Bonhoeffer Tours
October 8, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location Morgan Family Center
 
Holocaust Museum Houston will offer tours focusing on the life and ministry of the German Lutheran theologian Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer each Saturday in October. Bonhoeffer's actions against the Nazi Party and his message to the church in the context of the events of the Holocaust will be the focus of tours of the Museum's permanent exhibit, German railcar and Danish fishing boat. Tours include a look at the early influences on Bonhoeffer before the Holocaust, his organization of the Confessing Church to stand with the Jews in reaction to the Aryan clause, his involvement in assassination attempts on Adolf Hitler and his imprisonment and execution at the Flossenburg concentration camp by direct order from Hitler. The tours include the stories of the Bishop of Munster and Pastor Trocme, church leaders who strived to protect victims from Nazi tyranny. Admission and the walk-in tour are $8. To register for any tour, call 713-527-1602 or e-mail tours@hmh.org.

 
 
 
Author Appearance & Book Signing with Jan Jarboe Russell
October 5, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Meet Author Jan Jarboe Russell and learn about her book, The Train to Crystal City. From 1942 to 1948, trains delivered thousands of civilians from the United States and Latin America to Crystal City, Texas, a small desert town at the southern tip of Texas. The trains carried Japanese, German, Italian immigrants and their American-born children. The only family internment camp during World War II, Crystal City was the center of a government prisoner exchange program called “quiet passage.” During the course of the war, hundreds of prisoners in Crystal City, including their American-born children, were exchanged for other more important Americans—diplomats, businessmen, soldiers, physicians, and missionaries—behind enemy lines in Japan and Germany. Combining big-picture World War II history with a little-known event in American history that has long been kept quiet, The Train to Crystal City reveals the war-time hysteria against the Japanese and Germans in America, the secrets of FDR’s tactics to rescue high-profile POWs in Germany and Japan, and how the definition of American citizenship changed under the pressure of war.  Book-signing after the lecture. Admission is free, but advance registration is required. Visit www.hmh.org/registerevent.aspx to RSVP online.

 
 
 
Bonhoeffer Tours
October 1, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location Morgan Family Center
 
Holocaust Museum Houston will offer tours focusing on the life and ministry of the German Lutheran theologian Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer each Saturday in October. Bonhoeffer's actions against the Nazi Party and his message to the church in the context of the events of the Holocaust will be the focus of tours of the Museum's permanent exhibit, German railcar and Danish fishing boat. Tours include a look at the early influences on Bonhoeffer before the Holocaust, his organization of the Confessing Church to stand with the Jews in reaction to the Aryan clause, his involvement in assassination attempts on Adolf Hitler and his imprisonment and execution at the Flossenburg concentration camp by direct order from Hitler. The tours include the stories of the Bishop of Munster and Pastor Trocme, church leaders who strived to protect victims from Nazi tyranny. Admission and the walk-in tour are $8. To register for any tour, call 713-527-1602 or e-mail tours@hmh.org.


 
 
 
Ship in a Bottle Saturday
September 24, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
Join us for this free bilingual event and crafts for kids. Experience ships-in-bottles demo by internationally recognized miniaturist Burton Reckles, a reading from Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars, tour our Danish rescue boat and more. Admission is free, but advance registration is required. Visit www.hmh.org/registerevent.aspx to RSVP online.

 
 
 
Book Discussion: “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay” by Michael Chabon
September 20, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Conference Room
 
This September, Holocaust Museum Houston librarian Maria Harris facilitates a discussion of “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay” by Michael Chabon. In 1939 New York City, Joe Kavalier, a refugee from Hitler's Prague, joins forces with his Brooklyn-born cousin, Sammy Clay, to create comic-book superheroes inspired by their own fantasies, fears and dreams. This event is free. Registration is limited to 12 participants, but the discussion may be offered on a second date. If registration is full, call 713-942-8000, x110 or email  library@hmh.org to add your name to an interest list.
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“No Asylum: The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank’s Story,” with Director Paula Fouce 
September 15, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
“No Asylum,” directed by Paula Fouce, is the dramatic and tragic story of Otto Frank’s desperate attempts to secure American visas before going into hiding with his family in 1942. Based on recently discovered letters by Otto Frank in YIVO’s archives, “No Asylum” interviews Anne Frank’s surviving family about his efforts to seek refuge for his family through friends, refugee boards and the U.S. State Department. The film will be followed by a conversation with Fouce. Tickets are $8 for nonmembers and $5 for HMH members, students and seniors. Visit www.hmh.org/registerevent.aspx to RSVP online.

 
 
 
"Be an Upstander!" – Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Cadette Workshop

September 10, 2016 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
Get empowered to be a positive force for change! For centuries, people have struggled with peer pressure, bullying, friendship and fitting into their social world. In this workshop, girls will complete portions of the aMAZE Journey by exploring historical leadership, prejudices and experiences in comparison with their modern-day lives. Cadettes will learn about social injustices in our world today. In addition to Journey work, girls will learn how to be an advocate for positivity in their community by earning the "Science of Happiness" badge. The cost of this program is $20, which includes lunch, program supplies and a Museum tour. For more information contact the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council by email to nfrank@sjgs.org or phone at 713-292-0338 or email Holocaust Museum Houston at education@hmh.org. Registration closes Sept. 9, 2016. To register, visit https://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/FamilyManagement/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductId=2033587785. Note: This activity is girls-only. Girls may be dropped off for the program. Adults may stay at the Museum if they desire, but will not participate in activities with girls.


 
 
 
“Babi Yar: Faces and Fates, 75th Anniversary of the Tragedy” Reception & Memorial Service
September 8, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Holocaust Museum Houston Foyer
 
“Babi Yar: Faces and Fates; 75th Anniversary of the Tragedy,” is in remembrance of the mass extermination of Jews in Kiev, Ukraine, on September 29 - 30, 1941.  Kiev is documented as one of the cities targeted by the Nazis for "the final solution of the Jewish question.” All Jews were killed regardless of age, sex, health or social status. The victims were schoolchildren, infants, elderly people, pregnant women, professors, doctors, violinists, teachers and others. A huge ravine at the outskirts of Kiev became the scene of the mass execution by the Einsatzgruppen C that during the first two days killed 33,771 persons. The exhibition consists of eight panels, beginning with Jewish life in Kiev for ten centuries, their contribution to the city’s history and visage, and the structure of Kiev’s population on the eve of the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June, 1941. Additional panels highlight the first days of the war, the public mood in the city, and the events leading up to the massacre. The Babi Yar executions under Nazi occupation continued for two years, ending with the liberation of Kiev in November, 1943. Only a handful of Jews survived due to friends and relatives who managed to acquire fake IDs to prove their “racial purity” and by others who protected them in hiding. A reception, immediately followed by a memorial service, will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, September 8, 2016. The Memorial Service led by Cantor Tunitsky will be from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.   Admission is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required for this reception. Admission is free, but advance registration is required. Visit www.hmh.org/registerevent.aspx to RSVP online.

 
 
 
Book Discussion: “The Storyteller” by Jodi Picoult
August 30, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Conference Room
 
This August, Holocaust Museum Houston librarian Maria Harris facilitates a discussion of “The Storyteller” by Jodi Picoult. Becoming friends with Josef Weber, an old man who is particularly loved in her community, Sage Singer is shocked when one day he asks her to kill him and reveals why he deserves to die, causing her to question her beliefs. This event is free. Registration is limited to 12 participants, but the discussion may be offered on a second date. If registration is full, contact library@hmh.org or call 713-942-8000, ext. 110 to add your name to an interest list.

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“Hélène Berr, A Stolen Life” Reception
August 25, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Central Gallery
 
“Hélène Berr, A Stolen Life,” an exhibit by the Mémorial de la Shoah (Paris, France), is from the personal journal written by Hélène Berr.  The exhibit tells the story of a young Jewish French woman, whose promising future was brutally cut short by the Vichy Government's laws and the Nazi extermination plan.  Studying English Literature at Sorbonne University, Hélène Berr was 21 years old when she began her journal. The narrative follows her steps through Paris under German Occupation, observing her daily experiences of the unbearable, oscillating between hope and despair, until her arrest and deportation to Auschwitz in 1944. She died in Bergen Belsen days before the liberation of the camp in 1945; exemplified by the last lines of her journal, “Horror! Horror! Horror!”. The exhibition was designed, created and distributed by the Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris, France (curators Karen Taieb and Sophie Nagiscarde), with the guidance of Mariette Job niece of Hélène Berr, and made possible through the generous support of SNCF. A reception open to the public is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 25, 2016, with opening remarks by Sujiro Seam, Consul Général of France in Houston, and Jacques Fredj, Executive Director of the Mémorial de la Shoah, as well as a lecture by Dr. Michael R. Marrus at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but advance registration is required.  Visit www.hmh.org/registerevent.aspx to RSVP online.

 
 
 
Teachers Talk: Lesson Plan Swap
August 10, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 

Do you currently teach about the Holocaust, genocide, human rights or social justice in a way you would like to share? Holocaust Museum Houston will host the first annual Lesson Plan Swap. Bring at least 20 copies of your favorite lesson plan on the Holocaust, genocide, human rights or social justice to share with other local educators. After a brief introduction, educators will have the opportunity to trade lesson plans and techniques with each other. Teachers from the K-5, 6-12, university and extracurricular programs (music, art, etc.) are encouraged to participate. Every attendee will return to their classroom with new lesson plans, resources, ideas and inspiration. Light refreshments will be served and admission is free, but advance registration is requested. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org.RegisterEvent.aspx.




 
 
 
"Finding Common Ground" – Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Cadette Workshop
August 5, 2016 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
Build a vision for a better world while learning how to stand up and speak out as a social innovator! Girls will complete the Cadette "Finding Common Ground" Badge by exploring historical leadership, prejudices and experiences with Holocaust Museum Houston. The cost of this program is $15, which includes snacks, program supplies and a Museum tour. For more information, contact the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council by email to nfrank@sjgs.org or by phone at 713-292-0338 or email Holocaust Museum Houston at education@hmh.org. Registration closes Aug. 4, 2016. To register, visit https://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/FamilyManagement/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductId=2032748421. Note: This activity is girls-only. Girls may be dropped off for the program. Adults may stay at the Museum if they desire, but will not participate in activities with girls.


 
 
 
Writing Workshop: Memoir as Monologue
August 2, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Conference Room
 
This writing workshop, which meets on four consecutive Mondays, will allow participants to express the challenges and achievements in their lives through creative form. Participants will learn to write an effective, moving and personally meaningful dramatic monologue about their lives.. The workshop will be facilitated by Maria Harris, HMH librarian. Admission is free, but registration is limited to 12 participants. To RSVP online, visit

http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx

 
 
 
"Inside Government" – Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Junior Workshop
July 29, 2016 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
Build a vision for a better world while learning how to stand up and speak out as a social innovator! Girls will complete the Junior "Inside Government" Badge by exploring historical leadership, prejudices and experiences with Holocaust Museum Houston. The cost of this program is $15, which includes snacks, program supplies and a Museum tour. For more information, contact the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council by email at nfrank@sjgs.org or by phone at 713-292-0338 or email Holocaust Museum Houston at education@hmh.org. Registration closes July 18, 2016. To register, visit https://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/FamilyManagement/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductId=2032744122. Note: This activity is girls-only. Girls may be dropped off for the program. Adults may stay at the Museum if they desire, but will not participate in activities with girls.


 
 
 
Book Discussion: “Between Shades of Gray” by Ruta Sepetys
July 26, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Conference Room
 
This July, Holocaust Museum Houston librarian Maria Harris facilitates a discussion of “Between Shades of Gray” by Ruta Sepetys. This novel, based on the author's family, is set in 1941. Fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp. Lina fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. This event is free. Registration is limited to 12 participants, but the discussion may be offered on a second date. If registration is full, contact library@hmh.org or call 713-942-8000, ext. 100 to add your name to an interest list.
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"Memoir as Monologue"
July 21, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
These short dramatic monologues, presented by recent writing workshop participants, offer an intimate look into the lives of the performers. The monologues celebrate performers’ achievements and challenges and are sure to both excite and inspire the audience. Admission is free, but seating is limited, and advance registration is requested. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.
 
 
 
"Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt” 

July 17, 2016 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location Brown Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX 77005
 
The German-Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt caused an uproar in the 1960s by coining the subversive concept of the “banality of evil” while covering the trial of Adolph Eichmann for The New Yorker. Romantically involved with German philosopher Martin Heidegger, Arendt remains a topic of ongoing debate, as reflected in this new documentary film. HMH Director of Education Dr. Mary Lee Webeck will lead a post-film discussion. General admission is $9. MFAH members, students with ID and seniors (65+) receive a $2 discount. HMH members using the code HMH2OFF may also tsake $2 off. For more information, call the MFAH at 713-639-7531.

 
 
 
"Sweet Dreams"

July 14, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Join us for this year's exclusive Members-only event. Enjoy exclusive access to our exhibitions during Members-only Hours from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. and stay for a a free film screening of the award-wining documentary "Sweet Dreams" starting at 6:00 p.m. Top off your evening with ice cream and treats from Custom Confections - Houston's first and only mobile baker and confections shop. The road to reconciliation is paved with vanilla beans in "Sweet Dreams," which follows a group of Rwandan women as they endeavor to open the first ice cream shop in a country where the frozen dessert is something more rumored than known. In documenting this improbable mission, directors Lisa and Rob Fruchtman have made a valuable and affecting addition to the burgeoning canon of post-genocide Rwanda portraits, which saw ample awards including: Official Selection BIG SKY Documentary Film Festival (2013); Winner of the Audience Award - IFEMA (2013); Winner - HBO Films Producer Award, Savannah Film Festival (2012); Top 10 Audience Award - IDFA (2012); Winner Jury Prize - Mujerdoc (2013); Official Selection - Doc NYC (2012); and Official Selection AFI/Discovery Channel "SilverDocs" Documentary Festival (2012). Members receive free reservations but Member guests require a special event ticket  of $10.00. To RSVP online, visit http://www.hmh.org/registerevent.aspx.

 
 
 
“The Youth Diarists of ‘Salvaged Pages,’” with editor Alexandra Zapruder
July 7, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Alexandra Zapruder is the editor of “Salvaged Pages: Young Writers` Diaries of the Holocaust,” which won the Jewish Book Council's 2001-2002 National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust category. The second edition of “Salvaged Pages” was published in 2015. Zapruder will speak about her collection of youth diaries. This stirring collection of diaries written by young people during the Holocaust reflects a vast and diverse range of experiences — some of the writers were refugees, others were hiding or passing as non-Jews, some were imprisoned in ghettos. “Salvaged Pages” offers the first comprehensive collection of such writings, with extensive excerpts from 15 diaries, 10 of which had never before been translated and published in English. The diarists ranged in age from 12 to 22; some survived the Holocaust but most perished. Taken together, their accounts of daily events and their often unexpected thoughts, ideas and feelings serve to deepen and complicate understanding of life during the Holocaust. Zapruder was the exhibition researcher and educator for the permanent and traveling versions of “Remember the Children, Daniel’s Story” at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. She is currently an independent writer and scholar. The evening includes Zapruder’s lecture and her signing purchased copies of her book. Tickets are $8 for nonmembers and $5 for HMH members, students and seniors. Visit www.hmh.org/registerevent.aspx to RSVP online.


This educator training program has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. For their support of the Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute for Educators, Holocaust Museum Houston thanks the Max M. Kaplan Teacher Education Endowment Fund; the Gerald S. Kaplan Endowment Fund; and the Anna & Emil Steinberger Scholarship for Teacher Education Endowment Fund.

 
 
 
Gerald S. Kaplan Endowment Lecture:
John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Holocaust Trial
Professor Lawrence R. Douglas

July 6, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
John (Ivan) Demjanjuk was a native Ukrainian who settled in Cleveland, where he worked for Ford and raised a family. He also became the subject of the lengthiest and most bizarre criminal case to arise out of the Holocaust. The only person in American history to be twice stripped of his citizenship, Demjanjuk was extradited to Israel, where he was tried and sentenced to death as the sadistic Treblinka guard known as Ivan the Terrible—only to be released when the Israelis realized they had the wrong Ivan. Two decades later, in 2011, a Munich court convicted him as having served as a guard at Sobibor, an equally lethal SS death camp.

Lawrence Douglas covered Demjanjuk’s Munich trial for Harper’s and his recently published book, The Right Wrong: John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial, builds on that reportage to show the historic importance of the enormous effort to bring Demjanjuk to justice. Named an Editor’s Choice by the New York Times Book Review, The Right Wrong Man has received enthusiastic reviews across the US and Europe. “Superb…Sophisticated and suspenseful” writes The Jerusalem Post. The Wall Street Journal called it “masterful…The Right Wrong Man deftly delivers disquisitions on nuanced legal questions as if they were plot points in a thriller.”
Douglas will lecture and sign copies of his books, which will be for sale in the HMH Museum store.

Tickets are $8 for nonmembers and $5 for HMH members, students and seniors. Visit www.hmh.org/registerevent.aspx to RSVP online.


This educator training program has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. For their support of the Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute for Educators, Holocaust Museum Houston thanks the Max M. Kaplan Teacher Education Endowment Fund; the Gerald S. Kaplan Endowment Fund; and the Anna & Emil Steinberger Scholarship for Teacher Education Endowment Fund.

 
 
 
"Holocaust 101: Teaching about the Holocaust"
July 5, 2016 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
Join scholars to explore the history and pedagogy of the Holocaust. This workshop will focus on understanding both content and contexts of the Holocaust and how to incorporate them into the classroom for all students. From the inclusion of diaries and memoirs to the intersection of law and culture, participants will consider content, context and pedagogical best practices in teaching about the Holocaust. Participants will engage in a rich examination of Holocaust history and will also be actively involved in using strategies to incorporate directly into the classroom. All participants will leave with new materials and new ideas for
teaching about the Holocaust. This program will meet the TEKS requirements for social studies (particularly world history) and English/language arts teachers in grades three through 12. Art and music educators who wish to incorporate these histories in their studies also should consider attending. This workshop has been approved by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented for six hours increativity and instructional strategies. The fee for this program is $20 per person, which includes workshop materials, morning snacks and lunch. To RSVP online, visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.


 
 
 
Book Discussion: “The Optimists,” by Andrew Miller
June 28, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Conference Room
 
This June, Holocaust Museum Houston Librarian Maria Harris facilitates a discussion of “The Optimists” by Andrew Miller. The novel’s main character, Clem Glass, was a successful photojournalist, firm in the belief that photographs could capture truth and beauty. Then, he went to Africa, where he witnessed the aftermath of a genocidal massacre. Glass returns to London with his faith in human nature shattered and his life derailed. Nothing can rouse his interest, and no other outlook can restore his faith. The one person Glass is able to connect with is his sister, who has made her own sudden retreat from reality into the shadows of mental illness, and he finds some peace nursing her back to health. This event is free. Registration is limited to 12 participants, and advance registration is requested. If registration is full, call 713-942-8000, ext. 110, or email library@hmh.org to add your name to an interest list. To RSVP online, visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.org.

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Writing Workshop: Memoir as Monologue
June 16, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Conference Room
 
This writing workshop, which meets on four consecutive Thursdays, allows you to express the challenges and achievements in your life through creative form. Learn to write an effective, moving and personally meaningful dramatic monologue about your life, and prepare for the presentation of the monologue on July 21. Facilitated by Maria Harris, Librarian. Registration is limited to 12 participants. For more information contact 713-942-8000, x110 or library@hmh.org.

 
 
 
Writing Workshop: Memoir as Monologue
June 16, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Conference Room
 
This writing workshop, which meets on four consecutive Thursdays, allows you to express the challenges and achievements in your life through creative form. Learn to write an effective, moving and personally meaningful dramatic monologue about your life, and prepare for the presentation of the monologue on July 21. Facilitated by Maria Harris, Librarian. Registration is limited to 12 participants. For more information contact 713-942-8000, x110 or library@hmh.org.

 
 
 
“Taking Flight – Memory and Creativity Come Together”
June 8, 2016 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77005
 
“Taking Flight” is the stunning culmination of Holocaust Museum Houston’s effort to commemorate the Holocaust through “The Butterfly Project,” a powerful initiative that led to the collection of 1.5 million handmade butterflies to remember the children who perished in the Holocaust. Between 1995 and 2015, the Museum collected exquisite, colorful butterflies created by people around the world using an incredible array of materials and innovation.  The butterflies in this hard-cover photobook serve as a tribute to these children and to the loss of their talents and possibilities. Join HMH at Brazos Bookstore to see the book and hear from Chaja Verveer, who has been called an improbable child survivor of the Holocaust, as she tells her incredible story. Born in 1941 in German-occupied Holland, Verveer went into hiding at the age of one, living as the daughter of a Dutch family who were active in the resistance. When the family was betrayed, Verveer was sent to Westerbork, a transit camp in northeastern Holland. After seven months, she and 50 other “Unbekannte Kinder” (Unknown Children) were put on a transport to the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp, where they stayed for three months before arriving at Terezin Concentration Camp. Verveer’s story will describe how some children experienced the Holocaust, allowing listeners to grasp the significance of the loss of 1.5 million children and the potential they were unable to fulfill. Advance registration is not required.


 
 
 
Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award Dinner
June 2, 2016 5:45 PM - 10:00 PM
Location Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar, Houston, TX 77010
 
Join us for Holocaust Museum Houston’s biggest event of the year, the presentation of the 2016 Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award, with keynote speaker Ted Koppel. To reserve your ticket or table, please visit www.hmh.org or call 713-527-1612.


 
 
 
Book Discussion: “The Sandcastle Girls” by Chris Bohjalian
May 31, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Conference Room
 
This May, Holocaust Museum Houston Librarian Maria Harris facilitates a discussion of “The Sandcastle Girls” by Chris Bohjalian. This novel tells parallel stories of a woman who falls in love with an Armenian soldier during the Armenian Genocide and a modern-day New Yorker prompted to rediscover her Armenian past. This event is free. Registration is limited to 12 participants, and advance registration is requested. If registration is full, call 713-942-8000, ext. 110, or email library@hmh.org to add your name to an interest list. To RSVP online, visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.org.

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“An Evening with Lawrence Langer: Considering Samuel Bak’s H.O.P.E.”
May 24, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Dr. Lawrence L. Langer returns to Houston to engage the Museum community in further conversation about his friend and colleague, survivor and artist Samuel Bak. During the event, Langer will lecture in the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater and lead a Mincberg Gallery exhibition walk-through of the exhibit “H.O.P.E.: Paintings by Samuel Bak.”  has created an astoundingly complex, beautiful and richly colorful journey for viewers in his newest exhibit at Holocaust Museum Houston. The letters from the word H·O·P·E. appear in various phases, some partially hidden, others fragmented, some large, others small. The paintings in the H·O·P·E series do not attempt to illustrate the atrocities of the Holocaust, yet they show viewers the destruction, ruin and sadness left in its wake. “The call to create art – and indeed to respond creatively to its power – allows us to find hope even in shattering despair,” Bak has said. Admission is free, but seating is limited and advance registration is requested. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.

 
 
 
Warren Fellowship for Future Teachers
May 22, 2016 8:30 AM - 5:00 AM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
The Warren Fellowship for Future Teachers is a week-long program that introduces university students preparing for a career in teaching to the history and to the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides. The Warren Fellowship, supported by The Warren Fellowship Fund, is developing a corps of educators who want to learn how to effectively teach about genocide and the Holocaust. The fellowship takes place at Holocaust Museum Houston in Houston, Texas each spring. Twenty-five pre-service teacher educators and graduate students will be selected by a faculty and Museum panel and will be designated as Warren Fellows. Once accepted to this prestigious fellowship, participants attend a six–day, expense-paid institute designed to immerse the Fellows in historical and pedagogical issues related to the Holocaust. During the week, Fellows have the opportunity to meet and work with survivors of the Holocaust. Following the program, Fellows are invited to participate in numerous educational activities and outreach opportunities, including the possibility of study at Yad Vashem in Israel. Students who plan to teach elementary, middle or secondary school or at the university level are encouraged to apply for the Warren Fellowship. This prestigious program is by application only. To apply, visit www.hmh.org and click the Education/Outreach tab.

 
 
 
TEST EVENT
May 16, 2016 7:58 AM - 10:30 AM
Location 456 Main
 
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Celebrate Diversity: A Living Library
May 14, 2016 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
Celebrate diversity with a Living Library! The Friends of The Boniuk Library are pleased to present the opportunity to learn from people with diverse backgrounds and stories to tell. These Human Books are available for check-out for 15-minute conversations during the Living Library event. The Friends of the Library was created to connect Holocaust Museum Houston members and the Houston community with the library’s collection and resources. All funds raised by Friends of the Library will build the collection, increase visibility and expand public access to the collection. This event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.  For more information, call 713-527-1610 or email library@hmh.org
 
 
 
Citywide Yom HaShoah Commemoration

May 1, 2016 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location Congregation Brith Shalom, 4610 Bellaire Blvd., Bellaire, TX 77401
 
Join us for Houston’s annual Yom HaShoah commemorative service in memory of all who died in the Holocaust and to pay tribute to those who survived. The service is free and open to the public. 

 
 
 
“Weapons of War: Genocide in Darfur”
April 26, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
As part of Genocide Awareness Month, Holocaust Museum Houston's NEXTGen is partnering with Darfur Women Action Group to screen the short documentary "Violence Against Women," followed by a discussion with Hawa Mohammed, a survivor from the Darfur region of Sudan and recent Houston transplant, who will be sharing her story of survival and activism. Genocide was declared in Sudan in 2003, yet the people of Darfur continue to suffer at the hands of the Janjaweed and Sudanese government. In the last 13 years, more than 400,000 people have been killed, and another 2.5 million have been displaced, Women especially face enduring violence, with rape being used as a weapon of war. Admission is free, but advance registration is requested. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org.RegisterEvent.aspx.

 
 
 
Book Discussion: “The Inextinguishable Symphony” by Martin Goldsmith
April 25, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
This April, Holocaust Museum Houston librarian Maria Harris facilitates a discussion of “The Inextinguishable Symphony,” by Martin Goldsmith. A moving account of emotional strength under fire chronicles the true story of two Jewish musicians who fell in love under the Nazi regime and managed to keep their passion and their music alive through very difficult times. Admission is free, but advance registration is requested. Registration is limited to 12 participants, but the discussion may be offered on a second date. If registration is full, contact Maria Harris at 713-527-1610 or library@hmh.org to add your name to an interest list. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/Registerevent.aspx.


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“The Devil in the Details”: Gender, Genocide and the Family
April 15, 2016 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
As part of Genocide Awareness Month, this workshop will examine genocide in the world today. This workshop will examine the gendered aspects of genocide, from the targeting of the family unit to the destruction of culture. While working with internationally known scholars, educators will focus on how to affect real change from the classroom. Using primary source materials and film segments, participants will be prepared to make pedagogical choices as they implement studies related to genocide. Educators will dissect the controversial definition of genocide and look critically at current genocides and human rights abuses, as well as how to appropriately teach them in the classroom. This program will meet the TEKS requirements for Social Studies (particularly world history) and English/Language Arts for teachers in grades 3-12. This workshop has been approved by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented for six hours in Creativity and Instructional Strategies. The fee for this program is $20 per person, which includes workshop materials but not lunch. Registration is limited to 40 teachers and must take place by April 12, 2016.  To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/Registerevent.aspx.
 
 
 
“Life Force Atrocities and the Assault on the Family in Times of Conflict”
April 14, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Elisa von Joeden-Forgey will discuss the attempt to destroy families in genocidal conflicts, in particular gendered violence. She will use examples from genocides such as the Armenian genocide, the Holocaust, Bosnia and Rwanda as well as conflicts in Sierra Leone and Democratic Republic of Congo. Elisa von Joeden-Forgey is an assistant professor of Holocaust and genocide studies at Stockton University. Tickets are $5 for HMH members, seniors and students and $8 for nonmembers. Seating is limited, and advance registration is requested. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.

 
 
 
L’Dor Vador: Poetry and Dance from Three Generations of a Jewish Family”
April 9, 2016 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Location Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, 5601 S. Braeswood, Houston, TX 77096
 
L’Dor Vador” will pay tribute to nationally recognized Jewish writers Hans and Ilse Juergensen - Holocaust refugees from Germany who have published 15 volumes of poetry between them. Their only child, Claudia Juergensen Noble, who now resides in the Houston area, became a poet and playwright with eight theatrical productions. Their grandson, Andy Noble, co-directs NobleMotion Dance, which was recently titled “Houston’s Best Dance Company.” This project highlights three generations of artists and tells the story of a family’s journey from battled Europe to the J’s Kaplan Theatre. The original evening of work performed by NobleMotion Dance will pay tribute to the traditions, memories, nightmares, struggles and fables that are shared so eloquently through the Juergensen’s poetry. It is Andy and Claudia’s hope that people of all ages and cultures can relate to the subject matter that enlivens the past and present through text and movement. A pre-show talk with be conducted prior to each performance. A second performance is scheduled for 3 p.m., on Sunday, April 10. For information and to purchase tickets, visit www.erjcchouston.org/ldorvador or call 713-551-7215.
 
 
 
Members' Coffee and Tour
April 9, 2016 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
Connect with the HMH collection and fellow members with an introduction over coffee in the classroom and an in-depth gallery tour focusing on a special topic. Members may invite one non-member guest. The Museum is planning monthly members-only tours. Give us your feedback so that the Museum can plan the best tours for you. Leave your comments at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MemberTour. Admission is free, but advance registration is requested. To RSVP online, visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.



 
 
 
"Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning," with Dr. Timothy Snyder
April 5, 2016 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Dr. Timothy Snyder will discuss his new book, presenting a new explanation of the great atrocity of the 20th century and revealing the risks that we face in the 21st.  Based on new sources from Eastern Europe and forgotten testimonies from Jewish survivors, Snyder will recount the mass murder of the Jews as an event that is still close to us, more comprehensible than we would like to think, and thus all the more terrifying. Drawing parallels between the early 21st century and the early 20th, he will show how our world is closer to Adolf Hitler's than we like to admit and saving it requires us to see the Holocaust as it was - and ourselves as we are. Snyder is the Housum Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences. He received his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1997. Before joining the faculty at Yale in 2001, he held fellowships in Paris, Vienna and Warsaw and an Academy Scholarship at Harvard. Among his publications are several award-winning books, all of which have been translated. Snyder sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Modern European History and East European Politics and Societies. His scholarly articles have appeared in many journals and newspapers. Snyder was the recipient of an inaugural Andrew Carnegie Fellowship in 2015. He is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and sits on the advisory councils of the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research and other organizations. His talk will be preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m. and followed with a book signing at 8:00 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited, and advance registration is requested. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online. This event is cosponsored by the Lone Star Book Festival at Lone Star College and the Houston Public Library.



 
 
 
Preview Reception: “H·O·P·E: Paintings by Samuel Bak”
March 31, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Mincberg Gallery
 
Holocaust artist Samuel Bak creates an astoundingly complex, beautiful and richly colorful journey for viewers in his newest exhibit at Holocaust Museum Houston. In “H·O·P·E: Paintings by Samuel Bak,” the letters from the word H·O·P·E. appear in various phases, some partially hidden, others fragmented, some large, others small. The paintings in the H·O·P·E series do not attempt to illustrate the atrocities of the Holocaust, yet they show viewers the destruction, ruin and sadness left in its wake. “The call to create art – and indeed to respond creatively to its power – allows us to find hope even in shattering despair,” Bak has said. The exhibition includes a selection of 33 works by the Massachusetts-based artist, recognized internationally as one of the most important artists of his time. HMH members are invited to a preview reception with the artist from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2016. Admission is free, but advance registration is required for this reception. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.


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“Wiesenthal,” written by and starring Tom Dugan, cosponsored by the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
March 29, 2016 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, 5601 S. Braeswood Blvd., Houston, TX 77096
 
Filled with hope, humanity and humor, the one-man play “Wiesenthal” is the inspiring true story of Simon Wiesenthal (1908-2005), played by Tom Dugan. Sometimes referred to as "the Jewish James Bond," Wiesenthal escaped death at the hands of Hitler's SS, lost 89 family members and devoted more than six decades to bringing Nazi war criminals to justice. Part memoir and part spy thriller, Dugan's play introduces audiences to Wiesenthal on the day before his retirement as he welcomes his final group of Americans to his office in The Jewish Documentation Center in Vienna. General admission is $35, $28 for seniors age 60+, $20 for teachers with school identification and $15 for students with ID. Matinees are at 1 p.m. March 31, April 1 and 3 p.m. on April 3. Evening performances are March 29 through March 31 at 7:30 p.m.,  and April 2 at 8 p.m. For tickets, visit http://www.erjcchouston.org.

 
 
 
Book Discussion: “The Sunflower” by Simon Wiesenthal
March 22, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
This March, Holocaust Museum Houston librarian Maria Harris will facilitate a discussion of “The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness” by Simon Wiesenthal. In his book, a group of philosophers, critics and writers weigh the moral issues involved in a young Jew's response to a dying Nazi's confession of mass murder. Admission is free, but advance  registration is requested. To RSVP online, visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx. Registration is limited to 12 participants, but the discussion may be offered on a second date. If registration is full, call 713-527-1610 or email library@hmh.org to add your name to an interest list.

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Living Library Interest Meeting
March 19, 2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
What's your story? Holocaust Museum Houston's Friends of The Boniuk Library are seeking diverse participants for a Living Library. These participants will act as Human Books, which are available for check-out for 15-minute conversations during a Living Library event in May. Do you have a story to share? Come to our interest meeting to find out how you can teach others, share your story and celebrate diversity with The Boniuk Library. This meeting is free and open to the public, but space is limited, and advance registration is recommended.To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx. For more information, call 713-527-1610 or email library@hmh.org.

 
 
 
“A Nazi Legacy: What Our Fathers Did” - 7:30 p.m. Screening
March 8, 2016 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
In the Houston premiere of this documentary, human rights lawyer Philippe Sands conducts conversations with two men whose fathers were indicted as Nazi war criminals.  The two sons have starkly contrasting attitudes towards their fathers; one can’t bring himself to condemn his father while the other despises his father. The three men travel together across Europe on a challenging journey. For Sands, it means visiting the place where much of his own Jewish family was destroyed. It is an emotional, psychological exploration of three men wrestling with their past and conflicting versions of the truth. This film is presented as part of the Houston Jewish Film Festival, March 5 through March 20. Admission is $8 for HMH members and seniors and $10 for the general public. To RSVP online, visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx. For more information on the Houston Jewish Film Festival, visit www.erjcchouston.org/filmfest.








 
 
 
“A Nazi Legacy: What Our Fathers Did” - 5 p.m. Screening
March 8, 2016 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
In the Houston premiere of this documentary, human rights lawyer Philippe Sands conducts conversations with two men whose fathers were indicted as Nazi war criminals.  The two sons have starkly contrasting attitudes towards their fathers; one can’t bring himself to condemn his father while the other despises his father. The three men travel together across Europe on a challenging journey. For Sands, it means visiting the place where much of his own Jewish family was destroyed. It is an emotional, psychological exploration of three men wrestling with their past and conflicting versions of the truth. This film is presented as part of the Houston Jewish Film Festival, March 5 through March 20. Admission is $8 for HMH members and seniors and $10 for the general public. To RSVP online, visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx. For more information on the Houston Jewish Film Festival, visit www.erjcchouston.org/filmfest.

 
 
 
“Be An Upstander!" Girl Scout Council of San Jacinto Cadette Workshop
March 6, 2016 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
Get empowered to be a positive force for change. For centuries, people have struggled with peer pressure, bullying, friendship and fitting into their social world. In this workshop, girls will complete portions of the aMAZE Journey by exploring historical leadership, prejudices and experiences in comparison with their modern-day lives. Cadettes will learn about social injustices in the world today. In addition to Journey work, girls will learn how to be an advocate for positivity in their community through the Science of Happiness badge. This activity is girls-only. Girls may be dropped off for the program. Adults may stay at the Museum if they desire, but will not participate in activities with
the girls. The cost of this program is $20, which includes a Museum tour, program supplies and lunch. For more information, call 713-292-0271 or email Holocaust Museum Houston at education@hmh.org. Registration closes Feb. 28, 2016. To register, visit https://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/FamilyManagement/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductId=1985270230.

 
 
 
“It's Your World - Change It!" Girl Scout Council of San Jacinto Older Girl Workshop
March 5, 2016 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
Build a vision for a better world while learning how to stand up and speak out as a social innovator. Girls will complete portions of the GIRLtopia or Bliss Journeys by exploring historical leadership, prejudices and experiences with Holocaust Museum Houston. Seniors and Ambassadors will learn about persecuted populations undergoing social cruelty. In addition to Journey work, girls will learn how to be an advocate for change through the Social Innovator or Public Policy badge. This activity is girls-only. Girls may be dropped off for the program. Adults may stay at the Museum if they desire, but will not participate in activities with the girls. The cost of this program is $20, which includes a Museum tour, program supplies and lunch. For more information, call GSSJC at 713-292-0271 or email Holocaust Museum Houston at education@hmh.org. Registration ends on Feb. 27, 2016. To register, visit https://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/FamilyManagement/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductId=1985268181.

 
 
 
"Memorials, Memorialization and Memory"
March 4, 2016 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
This workshop will introduce Holocaust and genocide memorials worldwide, as well as the politics of creating and sustaining these spaces. Teachers will leave this workshop will classroom ready resources on worldwide cultural history, politics, and memory, appropriate for all age levels. This program will meet the TEKS requirements for Social Studies and English/Language Arts teachers in grades 3-12.  Art and music educators who wish to incorporate these histories in their studies may also wish to consider attending.  This workshop has been approved by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented for six hours in Creativity and Instructional Strategies. The fee for this program is $20 per person, which includes workshop materials but not lunch. Registration is limited to 40 teachers and must take place by March 1, 2016.  

 
 
 
Book Discussion: “Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress” by Dai Sijie
February 23, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
This February, Holocaust Museum Houston librarian Maria Harris facilitates a discussion of “Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress” by Dai Sijie. At the height of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, two young boys are sent to the country for "reeducation" at a remote mountain village, where their lives take an unexpected turn when they meet the beautiful daughter of a local tailor and stumble upon a forbidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translations. Admission is free, but advance registration is requested. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx. Registration is limited to 12 participants, but the discussion may be offered on a second date. If registration is full, contact library@hmh.org to add your name to an interest list.
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"Through Different Lenses: Cultural and Historical Literacy through Photography"
February 19, 2016 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
In conjunction with HMH’s exhibition of Roman Vishniac’s iconic images of Jewish life in Europe before and during the Holocaust, this workshop will juxtapose images from American Indian, African American and Latino communities to examine photography not only as art, but also as witness. Participants will consider the pedagogical best practices in teaching about the Holocaust and other histories through photography. Participants will engage in a rich examination of cultural context and intended audiences, and will be actively involved in using strategies to incorporate new resources into their classrooms. This program will meet the TEKS requirements for Social Studies teachers in grades 3-12.  Art educators are encouraged to attend. This workshop has been approved by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented for 6 hours in Creativity and Instructional Strategies. The fee for this program is $20 per person, which includes workshop materials but not lunch. Registration is limited to 40 teachers and must take place by Feb. 16, 2016. Photo: Boy suffering from a toothache clutches a tattered school notebook, Slonim, ca. 1935-38. Gift of Maria Vishniac Kohn. © Mara Vishniac Kohn, courtesy International Center of Photography.
 
 
 
"Every Face Has a Name"
February 18, 2016 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
For the film "Every Face Has a Name," director Magnus Gertten tracked down and interviewed survivors from German concentration camps seen in a 35-mm archival film reel showing their arrival at the harbor of Malmo, Sweden on April 28, 1945. The group includes Jews from all over Europe, Norwegian prisoners of war, Polish mothers and children, members of the French resistance and British spies, aswell as a young Italian-American accused of being a spy – with personal reactions that are both powerful and moving. Admission is free, but seating is limited and advance registration is requested. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx. This event is cosponsored by the Consulate General of Sweden and the Consulate General of Denmark.


 
 
 
Opening Reception: “Taking Flight: The Butterfly Project”
February 11, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Central Gallery
 
For 20 years, Holocaust Museum Houston fostered a powerful project, “The Butterfly Project,” collecting 1.5 million handmade butterflies to commemorate the children who perished in the Holocaust. The project was imagined and based on an inspiring poem written by Pavel Friedmann in 1942, when he was a prisoner in the Terezin Concentration Camp in former Czechoslovakia. More than 12,000 children under the age of 15 passed through the Terezin camp between the years 1942-1944. More than 90 percent of the children who were there perished during the Holocaust. Between 1995 and 2015, more than 1.5 million handcrafted butterflies were brought to the Museum by students and children. These exquisite, colorful butterflies were created by people around the world using an incredible array of materials and innovation. The memory of the children who died in the Holocaust and the loss of their talents and possibilities is felt in the grace and beauty seen in each of the more than 100 handmade butterflies now on display, HMH members are invited to a free preview reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. Advance registration is requested. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.


 
 
 
Friends of the Library Breakfast Book Discussion: “Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress” by Dai Sijie
February 4, 2016 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location Harry’s Restaurant and Cafe 318 Tuam at Bagby
 
This February, Holocaust Museum Houston librarian Maria Harris facilitates a discussion of “Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress” by Dai Sijie. At the height of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, two young boys are sent to the country for "reeducation" at a remote mountain village, where their lives take an unexpected turn when they meet the beautiful daughter of a local tailor and stumble upon a forbidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translations. Participants must pay for breakfast. Registration is limited to six participants. All participants must be Friends of The Boniuk Library.
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Love and Hope: Poetry, Art and Expression During Genocide
January 29, 2016 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
This workshop will focus on written, musical and visual expressions of art as a teaching and healing tool, as well as understanding different forms of genocide and post-genocide expressions within their cultural context. Using primary source materials and film segments, participants will examine expressions of not only fear and trauma during genocide, but love, hope and reconciliation. Educators will be prepared to teach about the human elements beyond historical facts and figures. This program will meet the TEKS requirements for Social Studies and English/Language Arts teachers in grades 3-12. Art and music educators who wish to incorporate these histories in their studies may also wish to consider attending. This workshop has been approved by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented for six hours in Creativity and Instructional Strategies. The fee for this program is $20 per person, which includes workshop materials but not lunch. Registration is limited to 40 teachers and must take place by Jan. 24, 2016. 
 
 
 
Opening of the Destroyed Communities Interactive Learning Center
January 27, 2016 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location The Boniuk Library
 
The Destroyed Communities Interactive Learning Center will highlight information on more than 80 communities featured on the HMH memorial slope. Using a touchscreen display in The Boniuk Library, visitors will be able to learn about the history of each community, view photos of life before the Holocaust and read Survivor stories. The initial opening on Jan. 27, 2016 (International Holocaust Remembrance Day) will include the histories of a 27 villages, towns and cities from areas across Europe.

Visitors will continue to be able to explore the database as additional communities are added throughout the upcoming year. Admission is free, but advance registration is requested.

 
 
 
“Industrialized Killing: Seeking Justice and Accountability in Syria”
January 10, 2016 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
This lecture will discuss the various justice mechanisms available to the international community to hold all the warring factions in Syria accountable for war crimes. Professor David Crane is one of the key figures in modern international criminal law who is leading the international effort to develop a trial package for a future local, regional or international prosecutor to seek that justice for the people of Syria. Much of this effort is done by Syracuse University law students through the Syrian Accountability Project, which Crane founded. Crane also was the co-author of the Caesar Report, which found direct evidence of an industrialized killing machine in Syria created by President Bashar al-Assad. During his lecture, Crane will use this report to highlight the crimes against the Syrian people. Admission is free, but advance reservations are requested. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.


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Docent-Led Tours
January 4, 2016 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Location Morgan Family Center
 
Holocaust Museum Houston will offer guided tours of its permanent exhibit “Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers” as well as the 1942 German railcar and the Holocaust-era Danish rescue boat at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. during the holidays. Admission is free for HMH members and students, $12 for nonmembers and $8 for seniors and AARP members with valid ID.
 
 
 
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Address and Directions
 
Holocaust Museum Houston
Morgan Family Center
5401 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77004-6804
Phone: 713-942-8000



Holocaust Museum Houston is a member of the Houston Museum District Association and is located in Houston's Museum District.

Holocaust Museum Houston is an accredited member of the American Alliance of Museums.

Hours and Admission
 
The Museum is open to the public seven days a week.

Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.


The Boniuk Library is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Library is closed Saturdays and Sundays.

The Museum is closed for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. For other holiday hours, visit the "Events" tab on the Museum’s Web site at www.hmh.org.

ADMISSION RATES:

Members FREE
Children under age 6 FREE
Students age 6-18 FREE
College-level with valid school ID FREE
Seniors age 65+ $8
AARP members with valid ID card $8
Active-Duty Military $8
General Admission $12

Holocaust Museum Houston is free each Thursday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on International Holocaust Remembrance Day (Jan. 27, 2017), Memorial Day (May 29, 2017), D-Day (June 6, 2017), and Kristallnacht (Nov. 9, 2017).

Tours
 
Docent-led tours can be scheduled for schools and groups of 10 or more. Tours are available in Spanish, English and French. To arrange a docent-led tour, please call Visitor Services at 713-942-8000, ext. 302 or submit the form below.

Guided tours are available for all visitors on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday tours run at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday tours are scheduled for 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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