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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.

 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
2015 Events

Docent-Led Tours
December 28, 2015 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. Dec. 21-23 and 28-30 as well as Jan. 4, 2016. Admission is free for HMH members and students, $12 for nonmembers and $8 for seniors and AARP members with valid ID.
 
 
 
Holiday Weekend
December 25, 2015 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location Morgan Family Center
 
The Museum will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec 24, 2015. The Museum will be closed Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, in observance of Christmas Day. The Museum will reopen at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015.

 
 
 
Docent-Led Tours
December 21, 2015 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. Dec. 21-23 and 28-30 as well as Jan. 4, 2016. Admission is free for HMH members and students, $12 for nonmembers and $8 for seniors and AARP members with valid ID.
 
 
 
“Kisses and Rainbows StoryTime and Craft Day”
December 5, 2015 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location The Boniuk Library
 
Join us for a special story time designed for the whole family. Grandparents, grandchildren, parents and children all are invited to participate in a fun story time and craft day hosted by Friends of the Library. “Kisses and Rainbows,” begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Come listen at 2:00 p.m. to “The Kissing Hand” by Auderey Penn and again at 3:00 p.m. to “The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister. Children can play at a craft station sponsored by Pop Shop Houston, enjoy snacks and buy unique children’s books. The event 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

 
 
 
"On Our Watch: ISIS and the Yazidi of Northern Iraq”

December 2, 2015 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Since the rise of the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) in August 2014, the Yazidi community has been in the midst of a human rights crisis. Members of the Houston Yazidi community will join Holocaust Museum Houston staff to provide a brief history of the Yazidi religion and culture and a panel discussion about the current perilous situation of the community. ISIS is said to have killed more than 6,000 Yazidi men, women, and children and kidnapped an additional 6,000 members of the community, mostly women and female children. The Yazidi population of Northern Iraq is now displaced to refugee camps, and they are suffering from lack of food, water, bad weather, mental and physical health conditions, as well as a lack of education facilities. Admission is free, but advance registration is requested. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx
 
 
 
Thanksgiving Weekend
November 26, 2015 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location Morgan Family Center
 
The Museum will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, in observance of Thanksgiving Day. The Museum will reopen at 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015.

 
 
 
“Seventy Years After the Holocaust – Why the Hunt and Prosecution of Nazi War Criminals Still Matters,” with Dr. Efraim Zuroff
November 23, 2015 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Dr. Efraim Zuroff was the first director of the Simon Wisenthal Center and began his career as a Nazi hunter in 1980 when hired by the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations. In 2002, Zuroff launched “Operation: Last Change,” which offers financial rewards for information that will facilitate the conviction and punishment of Nazi war criminals. 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.

 
 
 
Lecture Only: "Remembering the March on Selma and the Voting Rights Act 50 years Later,” with Susannah Heschel




November 18, 2015 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM
Location Westbury Christian School, 10420 Hillcroft St, Houston, TX 77096
 
Why Remember? Why is it important for our kids and grandchildren to know about these two historical events? What can we learn from these events to guide us through the challenges of today? The Civil Rights Movement aroused hopes that the racism permeating American society would one day be overcome. As an effort led by religious leaders of many denominations, the movement was inspirational and inspired great idealism as well as concrete legislative changes. However, recent laws, discourses and acts of violence have placed racism at the center of the American conversation. Why is racism so tenacious? Racial theory, the child of 19th century racism, has been thoroughly debunked, yet its conclusions seem to persist. How much do economics, the growing multi-culturalism of our society and the growing dialogue gap between the religious and secular communities come into play? What are the forces that give strength to racism, and what can we do to undermine those forces? Professor Susannah Heschel, the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College and the daughter of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel,  who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King  at Selma, will discuss the historical significance of the March on Selma and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Heschel's talk is presented as this year's Ruth Vinn Hendler Lack Lecture, in memory of the former executive director of the Museum. Admission to the lecture is free, but advance reservations are requested. To RSVP online visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx. A prior Box Dinner and Discussion is $18 per person, and registration will also entitle you to attend the lecture without additional charge. Dinner reservations must be made by Nov. 13. Please see the Dinner and Discussion event entry above to RSVP for that event.








 
 
 
Dinner and Discussion: "Remembering the March on Selma and the Voting Rights Act 50 years Later,” with Susannah Heschel

November 18, 2015 6:30 PM - 8:45 PM
Location Westbury Christian School, 10420 Hillcroft St, Houston, TX 77096
 
Why Remember? Why is it important for our kids and grandchildren to know about these two historical events? What can we learn from these events to guide us through the challenges of today?  The Civil Rights Movement aroused hopes that the racism permeating American society would one day be overcome. As an effort led by religious leaders of many denominations, the movement was inspirational and inspired great idealism as well as concrete legislative changes. However, recent laws, discourses and acts of violence have placed racism at the center of the American conversation. Why is racism so tenacious? Racial theory, the child of 19th century racism, has been thoroughly debunked, yet its conclusions seem to persist. How much do economics, the growing multi-culturalism of our society and the growing dialogue gap between the religious and secular communities come into play? What are the forces that give strength to racism, and what can we do to undermine those forces? Professor Susannah Heschel, the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College and the daughter of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel,  who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King  at Selma, will discuss the historical significance of the March on Selma and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Heschel's talk is presented as this year's Ruth Vinn Hendler Lack Lecture, in memory of the former executive director of the Museum. Admission to the lecture is free, but advance reservations are requested. To RSVP online visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx. The Box Dinner and Discussion is $18 per person, and registration will also entitle you to attend the lecture without additional charge. Dinner reservations must be made by Nov. 13.


 
 
 
“My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes” 
November 11, 2015 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, 5601 S. Braeswood Blvd., Houston, TX 77096
 
“My Italian Secret” compiles the little-known stories of Jews who lived or sought refuge in Italy during World War II and the Italians who helped them after German troops occupied the northern half of the country in 1943. Through these witnesses’ stories, viewers revisit a time when an entire continent was engulfed in genocide. The film personifies the actions of individual Italians, from everyday citizens to clergy and government officials and famous people such as Gino Bartali. These people rescued thousands of Jews from deportation and death, hiding and protecting them despite risks to their own lives and families. This event is part of the Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book and Arts Fair Nov. 1-15 , 2015. For more information, visit http://www.erjcchouston.org/arts/jewish-book-arts-fair/.

 
 
 
“Raise the Roof”
November 8, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, 5601 S. Braeswood Blvd.,Houston, TX 77096
 
“Raise the Roof” is a film documentary about the rebuilding of an 18th-century Polish wooden synagogue. In 1731, a wooden synagogue was built in a small town called Gwozdziec. It was built with a magnificent, tent-like dome, illuminated by brightly colored paintings of animals. Soon other Jewish communities were inspired to build and paint even more imaginative synagogues, and eventually there were more than 200 of these architectural wonders dotted around the countryside. Two hundred years later, the Nazis burned every one of these synagogues to the ground. Rick and Laura Brown began this 10-year project to reconstruct the Gwozdziec synagogue with the help of expert craftsmen, students and other volunteers. They recreated the synagogue using old tools and artisanal techniques and, finally in 2014, the synagogue was installed as a major exhibit in the newly built Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. This event is part of the Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book and Arts Fair Nov. 1-15 , 2015. For more information, visit http://www.erjcchouston.org/arts/jewish-book-arts-fair/.

 
 
 
“The Archive Thief,” with Lisa Leff
November 8, 2015 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, 5601 S. Braeswood Blvd., Houston, TX 77096
 
In the aftermath of the Holocaust, Jewish historian Zosa Szajkowski gathered tens of thousands of documents from Nazi buildings in Berlin, public archives and private synagogues in France and moved them, illicitly, to New York. Author Lisa Leff will provide a perceptive portrait of this unusual villain and hero. Lisa Leff is associate professor of history at American University in Washington, DC. This event is part of the Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book and Arts Fair
Nov. 1-15, 2015. For more information, visit http://www.erjcchouston.org/arts/jewish-book-arts-fair/.



 
 
 
"Through Different Lenses: Cultural and Historical Literacy through Photography"
November 6, 2015 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 Nov. 2, 2015. 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.

 
 
 
Artful Thursday “Looking Up and Looking Down: The Spiritual Worlds of Mark Rothko and Roman Vishniac,” with Dr. Robert Abzug
November 5, 2015 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location Brown Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77005
 
Dr. Robert Abzug will discuss the modern period reflecting Jewish identity in art, especially the works of photographer Roman Vishniac, artist Mark Rothko and other artists. Abzug holds the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Regents Chair of Jewish Studies at The University of Texas-Austin and is director of the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies. This event is cosponsored by Holocaust Museum Houston and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. To register, visit www.mfah.org.

 
 
 
2016 GUARDIAN OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT LUNCHEON
November 3, 2015 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location Hilton Americas-Houston 1600 Lamar St., Houston, TX 77010
 
“A Flicker in Eternity” is the coming-of-age tale of Stanley Hayami, a talented young teenager caught between his dream of becoming a writer/artist and his duty to his country. Based on Hayami’s own, this documentary is the firsthand account of a 15-year-old thrust into the turmoil of World War II and is a poignant reminder of the indignity of incarceration and the tragedy of war. Through Stanley’s endearing cartoons and witty observations, this film chronicles his life behind barbed wire and as a soldier in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. It is based on his diary and letters, which are archived at the Japanese American National Museum, and Joanne Oppenheim’s annotations from Stanley Hayami, Nisei Son. Lane Ryo Hirabayashi is a full professor in the Department of Asian American Studies at UCLA, where he is also the inaugural "George & Sakaye Aratani Chair in Japanese American Incarceration, Redress, and Community.”  Hirabayashi teaches courses on the Japanese American experience, Asian American history through the medium of documentaries, and contemporary issues in the Asian American community, among other classes and seminars. This event is presented in conjunction with “American Heroes: Japanese American World War II Nisei Soldiers and The Congressional Gold Medal” on view through Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at Holocaust Museum Houston. The National Veterans Network has partnered with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program to share this extraordinary story during an exclusive seven-city tour, ending at Holocaust Museum Houston. Tickets are $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. To RSVP, please visit http://asiasociety.org/texas or call 713-496-9901.
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Guardian of the Human Spirit Luncheon
November 2, 2015 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Location Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar St., Houston, TX 77010
 
Join us for this annual luncheon honoring dedicated Houstonians who have worked to enhance the lives of others. Honorees this year are longtime Houston philanthropists Velva G. and H. Fred Levine. Keynote speaker for this year's event is author and New York Times columnist David Brooks. For tickets or table information, call 713-942-8000, ext. 112 or e-mail spiritlunch@hmh.org.

 
 
 
Bonhoeffer Tours
October 31, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location Morgan Family Center
 

Holocaust Museum Houston will offer tours focusing on the life and ministry of the German Lutheran theologian Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer four Saturdays in October. Tours will be offered Oct. 10, 17, 24, and 31 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.  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.


 
 
 
"FDR and the Jews," with Richard Breitman
October 28, 2015 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Nearly 75 years after World War II, a contentious debate lingers over whether Franklin Delano Roosevelt turned his back on the Jews of Adolf Hitler's Europe. In this public lecture, Richard Breitman will discuss many new primary sources offering an intriguing portrait of a consummate politician - compassionate but also pragmatic - struggling with opposing priorities under perilous conditions. For most of his presidency, Roosevelt indeed did little to aid the imperiled Jews of Europe. He put domestic policy priorities ahead of helping Jews and deferred to others' fears of an antisemitic backlash. Yet, he also acted decisively at times to rescue Jews, often withstanding contrary pressures from his advisers and the American public. Even Jewish citizens who petitioned the president could not agree on how best to aid their co-religionists abroad. Though his actions may seem inadequate in retrospect, Breitman will bring to light a concerned leader whose efforts on behalf of Jews were far greater than those of any other world figure. Breitman is a distinguished professor emeritus at American University and the co-author with Allan J. Lichtman of "FDR and the Jews." 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.


 
 
 
Bonhoeffer Tours
October 24, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location Morgan Family Center
 

Holocaust Museum Houston will offer tours focusing on the life and ministry of the German Lutheran theologian Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer four Saturdays in October. Tours will be offered Oct. 10, 17, 24, and 31 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.  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.


 
 
 
“Kisses and Rainbows StoryTime and Craft Day” -- CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
October 24, 2015 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location The Boniuk Library
 
THIS EVENT has been CANCELLED and will be rescheduled at a later date due to the approaching storm.

Join us for a special story time designed for the whole family. Grandparents, grandchildren, parents and children all are invited to participate in a fun story time and craft day hosted by Friends of the Library. “Kisses and Rainbows,” begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. Come listen at 2:00 p.m. to “The Kissing Hand” by Auderey Penn and again at 3:00 p.m. to “The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister. Children can play at a craft station sponsored by Pop Shop Houston, enjoy snacks and buy unique children’s books. The event 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

 
 
 
“From Broadway to the Bima”
October 18, 2015 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main St., Houston, TX 77004
 
Join Holocaust Museum Houston for The Guild’s annual concert fundraiser, featuring Cantor Mark Perman. Perman came to Houston from Simsbury, CT, a year ago and currently serves Congregation Emanu El as their cantor. Perman is a native New Yorker and received his bachelor's degree from New York University and later his ordination as cantor from Hebrew Union College - JIR in 1997. He began his career on Broadway in the 1970s in shows such as "Dude" and "Shenandoah," and he has also performed extensively in voice-overs and on camera commercials over the years as well. Other favorite roles include Emile Debecque in South Pacific and Father in "Children of Eden." Perman was inspired to become a cantor in part by his involvement with Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in New York City and later found a way to integrate his love of theater and his cantorial calling by creating "From Broadway to the Bima," referencing the area within the sanctuary where the cantor sings and leads the prayers during services. Perman's performances are designed to illustrate how both the cantorial and theatrical worlds intersect. He pays tribute to some of the legendary composers and lyricists who created these time honored classics. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for children under 12. To RSVP online, visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.

 
 
 
Bonhoeffer Tours
October 17, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location Morgan Family Center
 

Holocaust Museum Houston will offer tours focusing on the life and ministry of the German Lutheran theologian Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer four Saturdays in October. Tours will be offered Oct. 10, 17, 24, and 31 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.  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.


 
 
 
“Be An Upstander!" Girl Scout Council of San Jacinto Cadette Workshop
October 17, 2015 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 713-292-0271or email Holocaust Museum Houston at education@hmh.org. Registration closes Oct. 04, 2015. To register, visit https://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/FamilyManagement/ProductDetail.aspx?pid=115&ProductId=1689635652.