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After Auschwitz (USA, 2017, 83 minutes)
Jon Kean, Director




November 14, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 

Join Holocaust Museum Houston for a viewing of "After Auschwitz," the latest film by documentarian Jon Kean. It's an emotional sequel to his acclaimed film Swimming in Auschwitz, where he followed the lives of six women as they faced the fall of Europe and the horrors of the Nazi Third Reich in Auschwitz-Birkenau. After Auschwitz follows the lives of the same six women as they transition from the fear of imminent death the day before liberation in 1945 through their post-war returns to hometowns in Europe to continued survival in present day Los Angeles. Their stories of the changing face of American society in the second half of the 20th century are much more resonant as they are told through the lens of people who have survived the worst atrocity in modern history. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Jon Kean.



 
 
 
After Auschwitz (USA, 2017, 83 minutes)
Jon Kean, Director

November 14, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein
 
Join Holocaust Museum Houston for a viewing of "After Auschwitz," the latest film by documentarian Jon Kean. It's an emotional sequel to his acclaimed film Swimming in Auschwitz, where he followed the lives of six women as they faced the fall of Europe and the horrors of the Nazi Third Reich in Auschwitz-Birkenau. After Auschwitz follows the lives of the same six women as they transition from the fear of imminent death the day before liberation in 1945 through their post-war returns to hometowns in Europe to continued survival in present day Los Angeles. Their stories of the changing face of American society in the second half of the 20th century are much more resonant as they are told through the lens of people who have survived the worst atrocity in modern history. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Jon Kean.
 
 
 
Breakfast Book Club: "Sarah's Key" by Tatiana de Rosnay
November 9, 2017 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location Harry's Restaurant and Café 318 Tuam St
 
The Friends of The Boniuk Library invite you to join our Breakfast Book Club for a discussion of "Sarah's Key" by Tatiana de Rosnay. The novel tells the story of a journalist who uncovers the story of a child that was arrested during the occupation of Paris. This event is free, but participants must pay for their own breakfast. For more information contact Maria Harris, Librarian, at (713) 942-8000, x .110 or library@hmh.org.

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"The Youth Diarists of 'Salvaged Pages'": A Workshop with Editor Alexandra Zapruder
November 5, 2017 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
In this workshop, Alexandra Zapruder, editor of National Jewish Book Award-winning "Salvaged Pages: Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust," will speak to educators, docents, writers, researchers and all who attend about her stirring collection of diaries by young people during the Holocaust. The diaries reflect 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. In its first edition, "Salvaged Pages" offered 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 workshop highlights Zapruder's insights and her years of experience talking about these young writers, which she does with compassion, intelligence and candor. Alexandra will sign purchased copies of her book, which will be available in the Museum store. Tickets are $30.00. Visit www.hmh.org/registerevent.aspx to register online. For further inquiries, please call (713) 527-1623.

 
 
 
Guardian of the Human Spirit Luncheon 2017
November 2, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location Hilton Americas Houston
 
Join us for this annual luncheon honoring dedicated Houstonians who have worked to enhance the lives of others.
 
 
 
Luther, Bonhoeffer, and the Legacy of Antisemitism in Germany and the Third Reich with Claire Hein Blanton
Cosponsored by University of St. Thomas

October 24, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Jones Hall University of St. Thomas 3800 Montrose Blvd.
 
The dual questions of "how and why" continue to haunt those who study the Third Reich, the Holocaust, and the complicity of ordinary people. They point to a variety of root causes: a weakened German economy, changing social demographics and patterns in Central Europe, and the "humiliation" of the German people post World War I, among others. However, the historic antisemitism in Europe, particularly among Christians, is often assumed to be an important catalyst for the bombastic success of Hitler and Nazi ideology.

That there certainly existed a range from explicit to latent antisemitism amongst Christians in Germany is historic fact. The Protestant Reformation's Martin Luther figures prominently in this anti-Semitism, with explicitly anti-Semitic remarks throughout his writings. That Luther's legacy in Germany is most significant within both the history and the folklore of Germany leads some scholars to directly indict Luther as the theologian responsible for the rise of the Third Reich and the Holocaust.

Yet, there exists within this period devout Lutherans, opposing Nazi ideologies and its policies. Among these, Dietrich Bonhoeffer is, perhaps, the most well regarded for his public writings on questions of Jewish/Christian relations and the importance of caring for one's neighbor.

Claire Hein Blanton holds a BA in History from Rice University and a Master's of Divinity in Biblical and Theological Studies from Baylor University's Truett Seminary.

Parking at University of St. Thomas:
Guests may park at the Moran Parking Center, at the corner of West Alabama and Graustark streets. The fee for parking is $5, and pay machines are located at each exit.

This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.



 
 
 
Human Rights Art Exhibition Opening

October 19, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Mincberg Gallery
 
The "Human Rights Art" exhibition cultivates human rights awareness, reflection and activism, showcased in 32 mixed media artworks from permanent collection of South Texas College. This educational exhibition addressing global and regional human rights, social injustice and environmental issues features artist Sharon Sayegh, Keith Sharp, Guadalupe Victoria Reyes and Deborah South McEvoy. Through their artwork and personal statements, the artists strive to encourage reflection, and generate discussion that ultimately leads to change.

You are invited to an opening reception held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 19, 2017, in the Museum's Mincberg Gallery at the Morgan Family Center, just one mile south of NRG Stadium at 9220 Kirby Dr., Suite 100. Jenny Bryson Clark, Associate Professor of Political Science and chair of Women's Studies at South Texas College, will give opening remarks at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but advance registration is required for this reception. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to register online.



 
 
 

October 19, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Mincberg Gallery
 

 
 
 
Breakfast Book Club: “Anna and the Swallow Man” by Gavriel Savit
October 3, 2017 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location Harry’s Restaurant and Café 318 Tuam St Houston, TX 77006
 
The Friends of The Boniuk Library invite you to join our Breakfast Book Club for a discussion of “Anna and the Swallow Man” by Gavriel Savit. The book tells the story of seven-year-old Anna who, when her university professor father is sent by the Gestapo to a concentration camp, travels the Polish countryside with the mysterious Swallow Man during World War II. This event is free, but participants must pay for their own breakfast. For more information contact Maria Harris, Librarian, at (713) 942-8000, x.110 or library@hmh.org.

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Breakfast Book Club: “The Zookeeper’s Wife” by Diane Ackerman
August 3, 2017 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location Harry’s Restaurant and Café 318 Tuam St Houston, TX 77006
 
The Friends of The Boniuk Library invite you to join our Breakfast Book Club for a discussion of “The Zookeeper’s Wife” by Diane Ackerman. The book tells the true story of zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who saved over 300 people from the Nazis by hiding them within the zoo. This event is free, but participants must pay for their own breakfast. For more information contact Maria Harris, Librarian, at (713) 942-8000, x.110 or library@hmh.org.



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HMH Celebration of Hope
July 22, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location Morgan Family Center
 
Join HMH for a “Celebration of Hope” Saturday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The family-friendly affair is part of the free admission weekend before the museum closes July 24 and relocates during its recently announced $33.8 million expansion. Activities include live music, food trucks, poetry readings by Writers Resist: Houston, kids’ butterfly art activities and face painting, interactive murals centered around hope, and live demonstrations by art students from Harmony Schools and Via Colori chalk artists Team RussKell.  Special booths by HMH partners Barnes & Noble, Houston Japanese American Citizens League, Equality Texas, American Civil Liberties Union, Center for the Healing of Racism, and Asia Society will provide information and fun activities for all ages.  Guided docent tours are scheduled for 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.,1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., along with special appearances and conversations with Houston-area Holocaust survivors at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Admission to the museum is waived both Saturday and Sunday, July 22 and 23, allowing visitors one last viewing of HMH’s “Bearing Witness” permanent exhibition, along with the WWII German railcar, Danish rescue boat, memorial room and galleries.  Featured exhibitions include a poetry display by Houston-area students on understanding the Holocaust, and “Vedem:  The Underground Magazine of the Terezin Ghetto” on view in the Mincberg Gallery.  “Vedem,” a multi-media art exhibition created by Rina Taraseiskey, Michael Murphy and Danny King, deconstructs and reinterprets the literary work of a secret society of Jewish boys who created the longest running magazine in any Nazi camp. 

Last month, HMH announced a dramatic expansion to more than double its size to a total of 57,000 square feet and make HMH the fourth-largest Holocaust museum in the country. Construction will require HMH to temporarily relocate most of its permanent exhibit, classrooms and administrative offices to 9220 Kirby Drive, Suite 100. The Museum will close on Monday, July 24 to begin the move and open to visitors at its temporary location on Tuesday, Sept. 5. 


 
 
 
Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute Public Lecture, Author Appearance & Book Signing with Dr. John Cox
Racism, Fascism and Genocide:  Past and Present

July 13, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Dr. John Cox is Associate Professor of International Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he directs the Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights (HGHR) Studies.

His first book, “Circles of Resistance: Jewish, Leftist, and Youth Dissidence in Nazi Germany” was published in 2009, and his most current book, “To Kill a People: Genocide in the Twentieth Century” was published in February 2016 by Oxford University Press. John earned his Ph.D. in History at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2006.  He came to UNC Charlotte in 2011, after teaching History for five years at Florida Gulf Coast University, where he founded and directed a Holocaust & human rights studies center.

His current research projects analyze anti-Nazi resistance within Buchenwald and the post-war memory and political uses of that resistance; Jewish participation in the fight against Franco in Spain; and an analysis of the relationship of capitalism to genocide. John is also publishing a memoir written by a German-Jewish anti-Nazi resister, and co-editing a major volume on world genocide, to be published in 2018.

Admission is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.

 
Dr. John Cox

 
 
 
Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute’s Gerald Kaplan Endowed Lecture
with Mark Weitzman
Antisemitism:  Then and Now 

July 12, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Mark Weitzman is director of government affairs and the director of the Task Force Against Hate and Terrorism for the Simon Wiesenthal Center. He is also the chief representative of the center to the United Nations in New York. 

Weitzman is a member of the official U.S. delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (formerly the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research), where he chairs the Committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial. He is a member of the advisory panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and co-chairs the Working Group on International Affairs of the Global Forum on Antisemitism. 

Weitzman is also a participant in the program on Religion and Foreign Policy of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also a board member and former vice president of the Association of Holocaust Organizations and was member of the advisory board of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy at Yale University, as well as a longtime member of the official Jewish-Catholic Dialogue Group of New York.

Weitzman has authored many publications and books and is a winner of the 2007 National Jewish Book Award for best anthology for antisemitism. 

Admission is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.

 
 
 
Breakfast Book Club: 'My Mother's Secret" by J.L. Witterick
July 6, 2017 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location Harry's Restaurant and Café 318 Tuam St Houston, TX 77006
 
The Friends of The Boniuk Library invite you to join our Breakfast Book Club for a discussion of “My Mother’s Secret” by J. L. Witterick. The novel tells the story of a mother and daughter who risk their lives to hide two Jewish families and a defecting German soldier in their home. This event is free, but participants must pay for their own breakfast. For more information contact Maria Harris, Librarian, at (713) 942-8000, x.110 or library@hmh.org. 
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The Boniuk Library Book Club Discussion of “Prudence” by David Treuer 
June 27, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location HMH Conference Room
 
Join The Boniuk Library Book Club as Holocaust Museum Houston librarian Maria Harris facilitates a discussion of “Prudence” by David Treuer. This novel tells the story of an American bombardier. When his farewell departure for World War II is shattered by an act of violence involving an escaped German soldier, bombardier Frankie Washburn witnesses the unfolding of consequences that reverberate for several years. This event is free and open to the public. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.  Registration is limited to 12 participants, but the discussion may be offered on a second date. If registration is full, contact Maria Harris at (713) 942-8000, x110 or library@hmh.org to add your name to an interest list.  You can buy the book at http://www.amazon.com/Prudence-Novel-David-Treuer/dp/1594634076/. 

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Vedem: the Underground Magazine of the Terezin Ghetto


June 15, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Mincberg Gallery
 

Vedem, a multimedia art exhibition, deconstructs and reinterprets the literary work of a secret society of Jewish boys, who created the longest running magazine in any Nazi camp. Created by Rina Taraseiskey, Michael Murphy and Danny King.

This multimedia art exhibition deconstructs and reinterprets the literary work of a secret society of Jewish boys, who created the longest-running underground magazine in any Nazi camp. Using a combination of pop-art graphics, drawings, paintings, and the prose and poetry of adolescent prisoners in the Terezin Ghetto, the exhibit explores 83 weekly issues of the Vedem magazine. Produced from 1942 – 1944, the original ‘zine’ (hand-made magazine), is recreated through panels dedicated to various subject matter, such as “Features”, “Humor” and “News and Editorial” sections.

Vedem Underground enlarges the intimate scale of the original publication, while mixing and matching works of art with poetry and prose, to reinterpret a work of artistic resistance that remains as relevant today as it did more than 70 years ago. On display will be reproductions of 56 compelling objects, ephemera, photographs and 800 pages from the original Vedem magazines provided by Pamatnik Terezin, the Terezin Memorial Museum at the Terezin ghetto.  Also included are four videos of never before seen footage from Terezin filmed for the documentary film, “Vedem Underground.”

On view to the general public in HMH’s Mincberg Gallery beginning June 16, 2017, Vedem Underground is a testament to the human spirit. It pays tribute to the legacy of Vedem’s adolescent writers, editors and illustrators, who expressed themselves by creating their own medium - and knowingly risking their lives by doing so. Organized by The Vedem Underground Project and curated by Rina Taraseiskey, Michael Murphy and Danny King, the exhibition is the winner of the 2016 WORD Grant: The Bruce Geller Memorial Prize, a project of American Jewish University’s Institute for Jewish Creativity. Support for the exhibition was provided by the Righteous Persons Foundation, the Ziering Family Foundation and the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles. To date, the exhibition has been on display at the Museum of Tolerance, LA; the LA Jewish Community Foundation & the Box Gallery; the El Paso Holocaust Museum.

HMH members are invited to a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 15, 2017.  Admission is free, but advance registration is required for this reception. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online. 


 
 
 
“Survival in Shanghai” film screening
June 6, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
This documentary film covers the dark history during World War II when more than six million Jews were brutally massacred by the Nazis. Against this backdrop, Shanghai had received more than 25,000 Jewish refugees from Europe. In order to commemorate this segment of history, Shanghai Media Group had then made the film “Survival in Shanghai.” It is the largest action that was taken by Chinese television media to find the Jewish refugees and their descendants who survived Shanghai Ghetto. The entire production process lasted eight months, with film clippings from Germany, Austria, Untied States, and Israel, where about 40 survivors were interviewed. Welcome remarks by Dr. Kelly Zúñiga, Nancy Li-Tarim, Hon. Ambassador Li Qiangmin, Consul General of Chinese Consulate General in Houston.   This is a members only event and advance registration is requested. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx. 

Sponsored by the Consulate of the People's Republic of China.

 
 
 
Warren Fellowship for Future Teachers Public Lecture with Professor Peter Hayes :
"Why?: Explaining the Holocaust "

May 30, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Peter Hayes, who is the content expert working with Holocaust Museum Houston on our expanding Museum’s Permanent Exhibition, earned his Ph.D. at Yale. He specializes in the history of Germany in the 20th century, particularly the Nazi period. He will explore the fundamental conceptual questions asked and responded to in his most recent book, "Why?: Explaining the Holocaust. " Hayes is the author or editor of 12 books, including the prize winners "Industry and Ideology: IG Farben in the Nazi Era" and "Lessons and Legacies I: The Meaning of the Holocaust in a Changing World" and "The Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies." Hayes taught at Northwestern University for thirty-six years from 1980 to 2016. The recipient of numerous teaching awards and research fellowships and a former member of the academic boards of several professional societies and Holocaust memorial sites, Professor Hayes currently serves as the chair of the Academic Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  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. Photo Credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.


   
Dr. Peter Hayes

 
 
 
The Butterfly Project Action Rally: Help Hope Rise Up
May 24, 2017 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location The Black Sheep Agency 611 W 22nd Street
 
Hope isn’t wishful thinking—it’s taking action for a better future. In a world where strife, uncertainty and hate grab headlines and inspire fear in the hearts of people across the world, hope is a balm that heals. It’s powerful. It’s critical. Hope is a radical act.

Small actions, done by caring individuals, can change the world. But where does one start? How can you get involved to make a bigger impact? Join us for The Butterfly Project Action Rally on May 24th and find out how you can be a part of this global movement promoting a more compassionate, respectful and just society.

This event is about sharing stories, bridging barriers and finding ways to be useful in a rapidly changing world—helping to spread this movement of hope spread to every dark corner hate hides in.

Through The Butterfly Project, we will give you the tools to share your own stories of hope and help you rally for change in your community.
We believe that individual action can change people’s hearts and, with that, the future.

So, whether you're interested in sharing on social media or pounding the pavement for a worthy cause, we'll have stations set up to provide you with opportunities to influence impact in your own unique way. For example, you can take the #StandWithHope pledge and share your commitment in front of our butterfly mural or you can help write partners or sign-up to volunteer in the future. You can join our sticky note brainstorming session, to contribute your thoughts for how The Butterfly Project can influence change in the future. 

Or, you can simply show up and talk with others in the room. Conversation is the crux of bridging our communities for a better tomorrow, and we hope to start one on May 24th.

This event is free, but advance registration is requested. Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-butterfly-project-action-rally-help-hope-rise-up-tickets-34073056429 to RSVP online.

 
 
 
Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award Dinner
May 23, 2017 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location Marriott Marquis Houston, 1777 Walker Street
 

 
 
 
The Boniuk Library Book Club Discussion of “The Monuments Men” by Robert M. Edsel
May 16, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location HMH Conference Room
 
Join The Boniuk Library Book Club as Holocaust Museum Houston librarian Maria Harris facilitates a discussion of “The Monuments Men” by Robert M. Edsel. This book tells the previously untold story of a little-known WWII Allied division whose mission was to track down European art and treasures that had been looted by the Nazis at Hitler's command. This event is free and open to the public. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.  Registration is limited to 12 participants, but the discussion may be offered on a second date. If registration is full, contact Maria Harris at (713) 942-8000, x110 or library@hmh.org to add your name to an interest list.  You can buy the book at http://www.amazon.com/Monuments-Men-Thieves-Greatest-Treasure/dp/1599951509/. 

 
 
 
Houston Bracero Oral History Film & Texas Bracero Preservation
May 11, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert & Ethel Herzstein Theater
 

In conjunction with viewing “Bittersweet Harvest:  The Bracero Program 1942-1964,” see a screening of Texas Southern University Assistant Professor Dr. Jesus Esparza’s Houston Bracero Oral History Project, featuring the stories of seven Houston-area braceros and their families. Post film discussion with Dr. Esparza along with Sehila Mota Casper, Field Officer, National Trust for Historic Preservation, who is working to preserve the Rio Vista Farm in Socorro, Texas, one of the last known bracero processing centers in the United States.

Free and open to the public, but advance registration required at http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.

 
 
 
“Persona Non Grata” Film Screening 
Directed by Cellin Gluck

May 10, 2017 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Albert & Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
“Persona Non Grata,” Japan, 2016, 139 minutes is the true story of the Japanese diplomat who acted against orders to save thousands of Jewish lives from Nazi extermination. Tracking events from 1934 to 1955, the film follows Chiune Sugihara from his early days in Manchuria to his posting as Japan’s consul in Lithuania during WWII. Caught amid the rigid policies of Japan, now bound by treaty with Nazi Germany, and his moral awakening, Sugihara put career and family at great risk by issuing transit visas to imperiled European refugees, to help more than 6,000 Jews escape to Japanese territory. Sugihara is the only Japanese recognized as Righteous Among the Nations by the Israeli government and honored at Yad Vashem. Special appearance by Consul General Amano of Japan. Admission is free and open to the public, but registration is required at http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx. 

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Meet Holocaust Survivor Dr. Anna Steinberger
May 9, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location Barnes & Noble Vanderbilt Square 3003 W. Holcombe Blvd., 77025
 
Meet and greet Holocaust survivor Dr. Anna Steinberger and learn how she and her family fled Poland to avoid the Nazi regime. Dr. Steinberger will provide an inspiring tale of her experience living six years in Russia before the war ended, her family losing everything except each other, then starting over in America.   Barnes & Noble will host a “Recommended by HMH” book section.  Event is free and open to the public.

 
 
 
“Labor Trafficking Past & Present” Panel Discussion
May 8, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert & Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Join Children At Risk and United Against Human Trafficking at Holocaust Museum Houston for a viewing of the Exhibit “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964” followed by a panel discussion on the history of Labor trafficking in the U.S. and efforts to end this crime. Admission is free and open to the public, but registration is required at http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx. 

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“Stolen Education” Screening & Discussion with filmmaker Enrique Alemán, Jr., Ph.D.
May 3, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert & Ethel Herzstein Theater
 

In conjunction with “Bittersweet Harvest:  The Bracero Program 1942-1964,” see a screening of “Stolen Education,” the untold story of Mexican-American school children who challenged Discrimination in Texas Schools in the 1950s and changed the face of education in the Southwest. Post film discussion with filmmaker and University of Texas at San Antonio Professor & Chair of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, Dr. Enrique Alemán, Jr.

Free and open to the public, but advance registration required at http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.

 
 
 
GENEALOGY WORKSHOP: “Getting Started in Family Research”
April 30, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center at HMH
 
The Friends of The Boniuk Library are pleased to present a Genealogy Workshop: Getting Started in Family Research. This workshop features essential information for beginning to learn about your ancestry. The program begins with Susan Kaufman, Manager of the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, as she provides an introduction to genealogy. Next, HMH librarian Maria Harris describes how to research family history in relation to the Holocaust. Next, hear the personal experiences of HMH docent Eyal Enav as he describes his journey in learning about his heritage. Finally, Bennett Greenspan, CEO of Family Tree DNA, discusses how to get started with genealogical DNA testing. Admission is $12. Registration is required at http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.

  


 
 
 
“In Darfur” by Playwright Winter Miller 
Act 2 Discussion with HMH’s Emily Sample

April 27, 2017 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location The Landing Theatre 1119 Providence St
 
Holocaust Museum Houston’s Assistant Director of Education, Emily Sample, will host a talkback after the Thursday, April 27, 8 p.m. showing of the Landing Theatre Company’s production of “IN DARFUR” by playwright Winter Miller. The play is set in an Internally Displaced Persons camp in Sudan in 2004, and depicts the interactions of an English teacher who may be pregnant through rape, a New York Times journalist, a doctor, and a Sudanese aid worker. Ms. Sample will discuss the complicated issues of genocide introduced by the play and give insight the continuing issues faced by the Sudanese people and refugees worldwide. IN DARFUR runs from April 20 through May 13, 2017.The Landing Theatre is located at 1119 Providence St, Houston, TX 77002. Tickets are a suggested price of $25, or “Pay-what-you-can”.  For more information, visit http://www.landingtheatre.org/in-darfur. 

 
 
 
“Art: A Visual Language” with Laura Kruger
April 26, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert & Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
According to Laura Kruger, curator at Hebrew Union College Museum, NYC, art is created for many diverse purposes…. to identify similarities and differences, to capture a visual moment of human experience, to depict size, shape, or mood, to encourage an emotional response to be shared with others, to create a desire for a product, to freeze a moment in time in order to return to it at a later date, are but a few.  Sadly, many of us are intimidated in expressing our responses to a fine art work lest we be judged for our lack of academic knowledge or sophistication. Laura will explain visual art as a powerful means of rapid response to understanding the knowledge and point of view of the artist. The dark silhouette of a city skyline under the blanket of a star sprinkled night is a visual indicator of peace and serenity.  Yet each viewer brings with them their own life baggage, experiences of serenity and calm or anxiety and fear. It is the unspoken conversation of the viewer with the unseen artist that creates each “conversation”.  Admission is free and open to the public, but registration is required at http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx. 

 
 
 
The Boniuk Library Book Club Discussion of “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah 
April 25, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location HMH Conference Room
 
Join The Boniuk Library Book Club as Holocaust Museum Houston librarian Maria Harris facilitates a discussion of “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah. This novel tells the story of Vianne and Isabelle, who have always been close despite their differences. Younger, bolder sister Isabelle lives in Paris while Vianne lives a quiet and content life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. When World War II strikes and Antoine is sent off to fight, Vianne and Isabelle's father sends Isabelle to help her older sister cope. As the war progresses, it's not only the sisters' relationship that is tested, but also their strength and their individual senses of right and wrong. With life as they know it changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Vianne and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions. This event is free and open to the public. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.  Registration is limited to 12 participants, but the discussion may be offered on a second date. If registration is full, contact Maria Harris at (713) 942-8000, x110 or library@hmh.org to add your name to an interest list.  You can buy the book at http://www.amazon.com/Nightingale-Kristin-Hannah/dp/0312577222/.

 
 
 
Citywide Yom HaShoah Commemoration

April 23, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location Congregation Beth Israel, 5600 N. Braeswood, Houston, TX 77096
 
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. 

 
 
 
"It's Your World - Change It!" – Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Older Girl Workshop
April 22, 2017 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 to areinhardt@sjgs.org by phone at 713-292-0338 or email Holocaust Museum Houston at education@hmh.org. Registration closes April 20, 2017. To register, visit https://www.gssjc.org/en/sf-events-repository/2017/holocaust-museum-girltopia-and-bliss-journey.html. Note: This activity is girls-only. Girls may be dropped off for the program. Adults may stay at the Museum if they desire, but will not participate in activities with girls.


 
 
 
Geography & Genocide Teacher Workshop
April 20, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
What is genocide? This term is used in headlines all over the world, but what does it mean? And what can you do to stop it? On Thursday, April 20, 2017, as part of Genocide Awareness Month, Holocaust Museum Houston will provide a one-day workshop examining genocide worldwide. Adam Babiker, a local Darfuri genocide survivor, will speak about Sudan and his experiences as a survivor and a refugee. This workshop will examine current and past genocides, as well as how to teach about this important topic. Using primary source materials, fiction and non-fiction literature, film segments, and art, participants will be prepared to make pedagogical choices as they implement studies related to genocide. Time also will be spent considering the role of the U.S. in genocide prevention, with a focus on how to affect real change from your classroom. This program will meet the TEKS requirements for Social Studies (particularly World History and Geography) and English/Language Arts teachers in grades three through 12. Art and music educators who wish to incorporate these histories in their studies also may wish to consider attending. 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 18, 2017.

 
 
 
Civil Liberties: A Community Discussion
April 19, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Asia Society 1370 Southmore Blvd. Brown Foundation Auditorium
 
Please join Holocaust Museum Houston for a night of discussion featuring a diverse panel of leaders representing the Anti-Defamation League, American Civil Liberties Union, Emerge-USA Houston, Equality Texas, Holocaust Museum Houston, the Japanese American Citizens League--Houston Chapter, League of United Latin American Citizens and the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People. Drawing on our shared history, the panel remembers human rights abuses—abroad and in America—and stands as a testimony to the dangers of hatred, bigotry, and apathy. We will be discussing the challenges and opportunities facing our community, now and in the future. As the most diverse city in the country, Houston has the unique opportunity to be a leader in inclusion, respect, and empathy.  Admission is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required at http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.

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“Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual, and Political Freedom” By Dr. Mireya Loza
April 6, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert & Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Dr. Mireya Loza, assistant professor, Latino/a Studies at University of Illinois, sheds new light on the private lives of migrant men who participated in the Bracero Program (1942–1964), a binational agreement between the United States and Mexico that allowed hundreds of thousands of Mexican workers to enter this country on temporary work permits. While this program and the issue of temporary workers has long been politicized on both sides of the border, Loza argues that the prevailing romanticized image of braceros as a family-oriented, productive, legal workforce has obscured the real, diverse experiences of the workers themselves.  Basing her work on an archive of more than 800 oral histories from the United States and Mexico, she captures the myriad ways these defiant workers responded to the intense discrimination and exploitation of an unjust system that still persists today.
Book-signing after the lecture. Admission is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required at http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.

 
 
 
"Be an Upstander!" – Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Cadette Workshop
April 1, 2017 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, by phone at 713-292-0338 or email Holocaust Museum Houston at education@hmh.org. Registration closes April 7, 2017. To register go to: https://www.gssjc.org/en/sf-events-repository/2017/holocasut-museum-amaze-journey-science-of-happiness.html. Note: This activity is girls-only. Girls may be dropped off for the program. Adults may stay at the Museum if they desire, but will not participate in activities with girls.


 
 
 
Film Screening & Panel Discussion
“We Are In It,” Director Yehuda Sharim (Houston, Texas, 2016, 107m, Documentary)

March 30, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert & Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
The film chronicles the stories and journeys of five Houston residents and their attempt to find refuge in Houston. By combining tales of deportation with everyday defeats and resilience, it identifies what lies beneath the surface of migrant and refugee realities and the unsettling need to move towards political and economic security. Filmed over a period of two years, this documentary traces their daily experiences, and reveals the subtleties of despair, hope and irony, in an intensified political climate regarding global migration. The film tells the paradoxical story of placement and displacement, an ever-morphing tales that not consist of clear points of entry or departure. Post film discussion.
Admission is free and open to the public, but registration is required at http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx. 

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  Dr. Lori Flores
Dr. Lori Flores



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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2016 Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
 
 
Let’s Be Friends!
December 3, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
Grandparents, grandchildren, parents and children are invited to participate in a fun story time and writing workshop hosted by the Friends of The Boniuk Library. “Let's Be Friends!” begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 with two picture book read-alouds about friendship. Children can do crafts and enjoy face painting and a snack before attending writing workshops by Writers in the Schools (WITS) at 11 a.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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




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


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

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

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


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

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

 
 
 
"Sweet Dreams"

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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