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"Judaism and the Arts"
August 13, 2015 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Museum of Fine Arts Houston, American General Conference Room, Beck Building, 5601 Main St. Houston, TX 77005
 

Please join us for a special program on “Judaism and the Arts.” Our speaker will be Dr. Helga Aurisch, curator of European paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Dr. Aurisch will examine the important contributions of the Jewish communities in three great cities ruled by the powerful Habsburg family: Prague, Vienna and Budapest. This empire, stretching over vast parts of Europe for nearly 600 years, was a multiethnic, multilingual and multinational configuration. At different periods the Jewish communities enjoyed religious tolerance, thrived and made noteworthy contributions to the empire’s cultural and economic prowess, while at other times they suffered persecution and reprisals. The fate of the Jews was often a direct reflection of the emperor’s political wishes or even personal attitude. The program is $18.00 general admission or $13.00 for seniors. Seating is limited. Please reserve your ticket by Aug. 3. This event is for members of The Guild. To join the Guild, please contact Courtney Tutt at ctutt@hmh.org or 713-527-1640.


 
 
 
“Hitler on Trial”
August 11, 2015 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 

If you missed the first showing, join us in the second screening of “Hitler on Trial.” This 90-minute film concerns the largely forgotten story of Hans Litten, a German lawyer who took on Adolf Hitler. Litten was half-Jewish and, needless to say, when he was later arrested and sent to the camps he was forced to wear a yellow star. In the Eden Dance Palace Trial of 1931, in which four Nazi storm troopers stood accused of criminal assault and attempted murder, Litten, a lawyer for the prosecution, requested the presence of Hitler as a witness. At the trial, Hans clearly outwitted Hitler, who was frequently unable to answer his questions. The Brown Shirts were convicted, but Litten’s victory was short-lived as, two years later, Hitler became chancellor and Litten was arrested. However, Litten continued his resistance against the Nazis and fought back from the concentration camps.



 
 
 
Gerald S. Kaplan Endowment Lecture: "The Holocaust: Myths and Misconceptions"
August 5, 2015 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Historical scholarship doesn't make its way immediately into the public consciousness. In the case of the Holocaust, Northwestern University historian Peter Hayes sees a "widening and particularly stark gap" between what scholars of the Holocaust have discovered in years of serious study and what the general public thinks about the Holocaust. During the 2015 Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute and his Gerald S. Kaplan Endowment Lecture, Professor Peter Hayes, the Theodore Zev Weiss Holocaust Educational Foundation Professor at Northwestern University and who specializes in the history of Germany in the 20th century – particularly the Nazi period – will counter common myths and misconceptions about the Holocaust. Hayes is the author or editor of 11 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." 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.
 
 
 
“The Armenian Genocide: Is It Still Forgotten After 100 Years?”
August 4, 2015 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
April 2015 marked the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. Holocaust Museum Houston will host this special lecture by Dr. Taner Akçam, the Kaloosdian/Mugar Professor at the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, on the latest research on the genocide and ethnic cleansing that took place in the early 20th century. Although the deportation and killing of Armenians was internationally condemned in 1915 as a "crime against humanity and civilization," the Ottoman government initiated a policy of denial and the Turkish Republic disputes any involvement in those crimes and the use of the word "genocide" to describe them. The case for Turkey's "official history" rests on documents from the Ottoman imperial archives, to which access has been heavily restricted until recently. By uncovering the central roles played by demographic engineering and assimilation in the Armenian genocide, the lecture will explain how this crime is understood and show that physical destruction is not the only aspect of the genocidal process. 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.
 
 
 
Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute for Educators

August 4, 2015 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
The Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute for Educators at Holocaust Museum Houston is a four-day program that moves beyond the general history of the Holocaust to explore the various dimensions and implications of the Holocaust and other genocides. The institute, held each summer, provides substantive content and the opportunity to network with internationally known scholars and teachers from around the world. Working in the Museum’s exhibit space and classrooms, teachers grow in their understanding and refine their skills to teach about the history and lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides. Each year’s schedule includes one or two evening lectures. The program is directed toward educators on a secondary or higher level, but university students and educators of all levels who have a specific interest in, and background knowledge of, genocide and the Holocaust are invited to apply. Seating is limited and is on a competitive basis. The cost to attend the program is $150, which includes lunch and materials for the four days. See this year's application form for information about early registration discounts. For an application form, visit http://www.hmh.org/ed_kaplan.shtml.
 
 
 
"Holocaust 101: Teaching about the Holocaust"
August 3, 2015 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
The workshop “Holocaust 101: Teaching about the Holocaust” will help educators learn how to properly teach about the Holocaust. Created in conjunction with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 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 to use and new ideas on 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 should also consider attending. This workshop has been approved by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented for six hours in Creativity and Instructional Strategies. The fee for this program is $20 per person, which includes workshop materials, morning snacks and lunch. Registration is limited to 30 teachers and will close July 27, 2015. Educators can attend this workshop as part of the Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute for Educators (http://www.hmh.org/ed_kaplan.shtml) or as a standalone worksho. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/registerevent.aspx.


 
 
 
“Hitler on Trial”
July 23, 2015 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
This 90-minute film concerns the largely forgotten story of Hans Litten, a German lawyer who took on Adolf Hitler. Litten was half-Jewish and, needless to say, when he was later arrested and sent to the camps he was forced to wear a yellow star. In the Eden Dance Palace Trial of 1931, in which four Nazi storm troopers stood accused of criminal assault and attempted murder, Litten, a lawyer for the prosecution, requested the presence of Hitler as a witness. At the trial, Hans clearly outwitted Hitler, who was frequently unable to answer his questions. The Brown Shirts were convicted, but Litten’s victory was short-lived as, two years later, Hitler became chancellor, and Litten was arrested. However, Litten continued his resistance against the Nazis and fought back from the concentration camps. Admission is free, but seating is limited and advance reservations are requested. To RSVP online, visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx. Photo courtesy BBC Worldwide North America.

 
 
 
Opening Reception: "Soul Survivors"
July 9, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Central Gallery
 
 The compelling exhibition, "Soul Survivors," will be the focus of Holocaust Museum Houston’s newest show highlighting several Houston-area Survivors of the Holocaust. The exhibit is comprised of seven composite art drawings by Lois Gibson, forensic artist for the Houston Police Department and other area law enforcement agencies. Gibson worked with five Survivors to sketch images of family members, who perished in the Holocaust, strictly from the Survivor’s memory. On display in the Central Gallery, July 10, 2015 through September 13, 2015, this exhibition provides a poignant expression of those lost in the Holocaust through the technique of forensic art. Members of the Museum are invited to a free preview reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2015. To join or renew a membership to attend, email membership@hmh.org or call 713-942-8000, ext. 116.


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Independence Day
July 3, 2015 9:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Location Morgan Family Center
 
The Museum will be open normal business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 
 
 
“The Walk to Freedom”
June 18, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Houston Museum of African American Culture, 4807 Caroline St.
 
Join the Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) and Holocaust Museum Houston as we come together to commemorate Juneteenth. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration marking the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that Union soldiers led by Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. The evening will begin at HMAAC with light refreshments and an historical overview of the history of Juneteenth. At 6:35 p.m., participants will take a reflective walk four blocks down Caroline Street to Holocaust Museum Houston to remember those who walked off plantations 149 years ago to begin their lives as freed individuals. A Holocaust Survivor is scheduled to address the crowd. Admission is free, but seating is limited and advance registration is requested. Visit https://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.


 
 
 
"Carl Lutz: The Forgotten Hero" (in German with English subtitles)
June 4, 2015 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
This 92-minute feature documentary by Daniel von Aarburg tells the story of Swiss diplomat Carl Lutz (1895-1975), acting head of the Swiss Embassy in Budapest during World War II. Lutz negotiated a special deal with the Hungarian government and the Nazis, gaining permission to issue protective letters to 8,000 Hungarian Jews to emigrate to Palestine. He also set up “safe houses” around Budapest, declaring them annexes of the Swiss legation and thus off-limits to Hungarian forces or Nazi soldiers. However, his achievements were not immediately recognized in Switzerland. Soon after the war, he had been criticized by the government for having exceeded his authority and for missing expense receipts. Later, Lutz was "rehabilitated" in terms of public reputation, and his achievements were honored by the Swiss government. In 1965, he was recognized by Yad Vashem as “Righteous Among the Nations.” Agnes Hirschi, his stepdaughter, retells the incredible story at the original locations in Hungary. The story is complemented by statements of contemporary witnesses from all around the world, including Houston survivor Alex Schlesinger. The film screening is sponsored by the Consulate of Switzerland. Admission is free, but reservations are requested. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/registerevent.aspx.

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“Reflections on the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide”
May 27, 2015 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, Dr. Richard Hovannisian will reflect on the meaning and relevance of the genocide in personal and collective terms and assesse the advances in understanding the phenomenon of genocide in modern history. His work spans not only his professional and scholarly research, but also his personal experience of being raised by genocide survivors in California.  Hovannisian is professor emeritus of Armenian and Near Eastern History and first holder of the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a Distinguished Chancellor’s Fellow at Chapman University and an adjunct professor of history at the University of Southern California, working with the Shoah Foundation. A native of California, he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and his doctorate in history from UCLA. A member of the UCLA faculty since the 1960s, he has organized both the undergraduate and graduate programs in Armenian history and served as associate director of UCLA's Center for Near Eastern Studies from 1978 to 1995. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, as well as the founder and six-time president of the Society for Armenian Studies. Hovannisian has published 30 books and numerous scholarly articles, including five volumes on the Armenian Genocide and 13 volumes on historic Armenian cities and provinces in the Ottoman Empire. 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.


 
 
 
“Reflections on the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide”
May 27, 2015 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, Dr. Richard Hovannisian will reflect on the meaning and relevance of the genocide in personal and collective terms and assess the advances in understanding the phenomenon of genocide in modern history. His work spans not only his professional and scholarly research, but also his personal experience of being raised by genocide survivors in California.  Hovannisian is professor emeritus of Armenian and Near Eastern History and first holder of the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a Distinguished Chancellor’s Fellow at Chapman University and an adjunct professor of history at the University of Southern California, working with the Shoah Foundation. A native of California, he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and his doctorate in history from UCLA. A member of the UCLA faculty since the 1960s, he has organized both the undergraduate and graduate programs in Armenian history and served as associate director of UCLA's Center for Near Eastern Studies from 1978 to 1995. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, as well as the founder and six-time president of the Society for Armenian Studies. Hovannisian has published 30 books and numerous scholarly articles, including five volumes on the Armenian Genocide and 13 volumes on historic Armenian cities and provinces in the Ottoman Empire. 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.


 
 
 
Warren Fellowship for Future Teachers
May 25, 2015 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
The Warren Fellowship for Future Teachers is a week-long program that introduces university students preparing for a career in teaching to the history and to the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides. The Warren Fellowship, supported by The Warren Fellowship Fund, is developing a corps of educators who want to learn how to effectively teach about genocide and the Holocaust. The fellowship takes place at Holocaust Museum Houston in Houston, Texas each spring. Twenty-five pre-service teacher educators and graduate students will be selected by a faculty and Museum panel and will be designated as Warren Fellows. Once accepted to this prestigious fellowship, participants attend a six–day, expense-paid institute designed to immerse the Fellows in historical and pedagogical issues related to the Holocaust. During the week, Fellows have the opportunity to meet and work with survivors of the Holocaust. Following the program, Fellows are invited to participate in numerous educational activities and outreach opportunities, including the possibility of study at Yad Vashem in Israel. Students who plan to teach elementary, middle or secondary school or at the university level are encouraged to apply for the Warren Fellowship. This prestigious program is by application only. Application deadline is April 10, 2015. To apply, visit www.hmh.org and click the Education/Outreach tab.

 
 
 
Memorial Day
May 25, 2015 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location Morgan Family Center
 

The Museum will be open normal business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


 
 
 
“Implementing All Behaviors Count in School Settings” 
May 15, 2015 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
Join the education team for a one-day workshop to learn about utilizing Holocaust Museum Houston’s “All Behaviors Count” program in the classroom. “All Behaviors Count” is a free modular program that examines the five forms of socialcruelty: taunting, rumoring, exclusion, ganging up and bullying. This program examines the role each of the five forms of social cruelty plays in school life and in culture. Broadening the topic to include other aspects of social cruelty is significantly more effective than approaching bullying as a singular behavior. In addition to teaching about these negative behaviors, this program also focuses on teaching about how to respond to social cruelty in positive ways. These social resiliency skills – both intra-and inter-personal – mean that students who participate in the program are prepared to address issues of social cruelty directly. In this session, educators will learn how to use examples from media and popular culture the classroom to widen the experiences students see and discuss. This program is highly recommended for districts working to meet state guidelines regarding stopping bullying in all grade levels (K-12). Teachers, principals, curriculum leaders and guidance counselors should consider attending. This workshop has been approved by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented for six hours in Social and Emotional Needs of G/T Learners. 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 May 12, 2015. To register, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.

 
 
 
"The Untold Story of Ralph Carr and the Japanese: Fate of Three Japanese Americans and the Internment"
May 14, 2015 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
This 50-minute film follows three Japanese Americans in the 1940s who were impacted by the order to forcibly relocate from their homes and how theirs lives intersected with then-Colorado Gov. Ralph Carr, a vocal defender of civil rights and opponent of internment. The documentary provides perspectives from each individual including Robert Fuchigami, whose family life was irreversibly tarnished by their internment in Amache, the government-run camp in Colorado; Herbert Inouye, whose family was warmly welcomed at the Colorado border after a harrowing journey from his home state of California; and Colorado native Mitchie Terasaki, who avoided internment after she was hired by Carr for a position in the Colorado state government. A passionate defender of Japanese American rights, Carr publicly opposed internment and believed that denying any group its constitutional rights would put the rights of all Americans in jeopardy. “If you harm them, you must harm me,” he once famously said. The governor held firmly to his belief in equality and justice for all throughout his political career. Though his beliefs would ultimately cost him election to the Senate, he firmly stood by his moral code." Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m., with the film beginning at 7 p.m. followed by a panel discussion. This film is cosponsored with the Consulate-General of Japan in Houston and the Japanese American Citizens League. Admission is free, but advance registration is requested. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.

 
 
 
“The Armenian Genocide: Is It Still Forgotten After 100 Years?”
May 4, 2015 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
April 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. Holocaust Museum Houston will host this special lecture by Dr. Taner Akçam, the Kaloosdian/Mugar Professor at the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, on the latest research on the genocide and ethnic cleansing that took place in the early 20th century. Although the deportation and killing of Armenians was internationally condemned in 1915 as a "crime against humanity and civilization," the Ottoman government initiated a policy of denial and the Turkish Republic disputes any involvement in those crimes and the use of the word "genocide" to describe them. The case for Turkey's "official history" rests on documents from the Ottoman imperial archives, to which access has been heavily restricted until recently. By uncovering the central roles played by demographic engineering and assimilation in the Armenian genocide, the lecture will explain how this crime is understood and show that physical destruction is not the only aspect of the genocidal process. 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.
 
 
 
Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award Dinner
April 30, 2015 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar, Houston, TX 77010
 
Join us for Holocaust Museum Houston’s biggest event of the year, the presentation of the 2015 Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award. This year’s honorees, Dr. Ho Feng-Shan and Chiune Sugihara, comprise a strong parallel, in that both were Consular officials during the Holocaust — one in Vienna and one in Lithuania. Both were far from Jewish but were people with a conscience.  Both defied their orders and issued thousands of visas to Jews destined for the concentration camps of Europe to escape to China and Japan. They saved not only those thousands, but tens of thousands of their families that flourished because of such righteous acts. Their moral courage as individuals that stood up against the tide is what we teach at our Museum. Both men have been recognized by Israel’s Yad Vashem as "Righteous Among The Nations” — an award that is extremely special and rare. To reserve your ticket or table, please call 713-527-1612 or email hmhdinner@hmh.org.
 
 
 
Bonhoeffer Tours at Holocaust Museum 
April 25, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location Morgan Family Center
 
Holocaust Museum Houston is commemorating the 70th. anniversary of the death of German Lutheran Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer by offering Bonhoeffer Tours from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Bonhoeffer was hanged at Flossenburg Concentration Camp by direct order from Adolf Hitler on April 9, 1945. The Bonhoeffer Tours provide an opportunity for Museum visitors to learn the story of Bonhoeffer's ministry and his message to the church in the context of the events of the Holocaust as presented in the Holocaust Museum Houston exhibits. Admission is free for students and  $8 for nonmember adults, HMH members, seniors and members of the active-duty military. Tour sizes are limited, and advance reservation is requested. To register for any tour, call 713-527-1602 or e-mail tours@hmh.org.
 
 
 
Citywide Yom HaShoah Commemoration
April 19, 2015 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location Congregation Emanu El, 1500 Sunset Blvd, Houston, TX 77005
 
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.
 
 
 
Bonhoeffer Tours at Holocaust Museum 
April 18, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location Morgan Family Center
 
Holocaust Museum Houston is commemorating the 70th. anniversary of the death of German Lutheran Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer by offering Bonhoeffer Tours from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, April 18 and 25, 2015. Bonhoeffer was hanged at Flossenburg Concentration Camp by direct order from Adolf Hitler on April 9, 1945. The Bonhoeffer Tours provide an opportunity for Museum visitors to learn the story of Bonhoeffer's ministry and his message to the church in the context of the events of the Holocaust as presented in the Holocaust Museum Houston exhibits. Admission is free for students and  $8 for nonmember adults, HMH members, seniors and members of the active-duty military. Tour sizes are limited, and advance reservation is requested. To register for any tour, call 713-527-1602 or e-mail tours@hmh.org.
 
 
 
Bonhoeffer Tours at Holocaust Museum 
April 11, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location Morgan Family Center
 
Holocaust Museum Houston is commemorating the 70th. anniversary of the death of German Lutheran Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer by offering Bonhoeffer Tours from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, April 11, 18, and 25, 2015. Bonhoeffer was hanged at Flossenburg Concentration Camp by direct order from Adolf Hitler on April 9, 1945. The Bonhoeffer Tours provide an opportunity for Museum visitors to learn the story of Bonhoeffer's ministry and his message to the church in the context of the events of the Holocaust as presented in the Holocaust Museum Houston exhibits. Admission is free for students and  $8 for nonmember adults, HMH members, seniors and members of the active-duty military. Tour sizes are limited, and advance reservation is requested. To register for any tour, call 713-527-1602 or e-mail tours@hmh.org.

 
 
 
“Genocide in the News”
April 10, 2015 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 Friday, April 10, 2014, as part of Genocide Awareness Month, Holocaust Museum Houston will provide a one-day workshop examining genocide today. This workshop will examine the development of the controversial definition of genocide and look at current genocides in the world. Using primary source materials and film segments, participants will be prepared to make pedagogical choices as they implement studies related to genocide. Time also will be spent considering the concept of “Responsibility to Protect” and 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 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. This workshop has been approved by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented for six hours in Creativity and Instructional Strategies. The fee for this program is $20 per person, which includes workshop materials but not lunch. Registration is limited to 40 teachers and must take place by April 8, 2015. To register, visit www.hmh.org

 
 
 
Easter Sunday
April 5, 2015 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location Morgan Family Center
 
The Museum will be closed Sunday, April 5, 2015, in observance of Easter Sunday. The Museum will reopen at 9 a.m. Monday, April 6, 2015.
 
 
 
Bonhoeffer Tours at Holocaust Museum 
April 4, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location Morgan Family Center
 
Holocaust Museum Houston is commemorating the 70th. anniversary of the death of German Lutheran Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer by offering Bonhoeffer Tours from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, April 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2015. Bonhoeffer was hanged at Flossenburg Concentration Camp by direct order from Adolf Hitler on April 9, 1945. The Bonhoeffer Tours provide an opportunity for Museum visitors to learn the story of Bonhoeffer's ministry and his message to the church in the context of the events of the Holocaust as presented in the Holocaust Museum Houston exhibits. Admission is free for students and  $8 for nonmember adults, HMH members, seniors and members of the active-duty military. Tour sizes are limited, and advance reservation is requested. To register for any tour, call 713-527-1602 or e-mail tours@hmh.org.

 
 
 
Good Friday
April 3, 2015 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location Morgan Family Center
 
The Museum will be open normal business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 
 
 
Opening Reception: "The Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust: One Man Takes a Stand"
April 1, 2015 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
Armin T. Wegner, who took pictures of dead, starving and homeless men, women and children during the atrocities against Armenians by the Ottoman Empire during World War I, was not Armenian or Jewish. He was a German who served as a nurse in the German army during the war, and he did not set out to shock or offend but to offer visible proof of the first European genocide of the 20th century. In April 1915, the Ottoman government embarked upon the systematic decimation of its civilian Armenian population. The persecutions continued with varying intensity until 1923 when the Ottoman Empire ceased to exist and was replaced by the Republic of Turkey. Although Wegner risked death for exposing his country's Turkish allies, he took numerous photos and kept diaries of the persecution, deportation and murder of the Armenians, a Christian minority. Estimates vary, but scholars agree between 600,000 and more than 1.5 million Armenians perished in Anatolia as a result of execution, starvation, disease, the harsh environment and physical abuse, many from 1915-1916. Turkey continues to dispute its role and the use of the term “genocide” to describe the massacres. More than 60 photographic plates from his work are the focus of this new exhibit “The Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust: One Man Takes a Stand.” The public is invited to the opening reception on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. To RSVP online, visit https://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.


 
 
 
"The Rise of Antisemitism in Europe and Why America Should Care"
March 30, 2015 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
In recent months, acts of antisemitic and xenophobic violence have grabbed headlines across Europe. In France, Belgium and Germany, violence and hate speech targeting Jews marred protests on the war between Israel and Gaza. Antisemitic, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim far-right parties scored electoral gains in a number of European countries this spring, giving them 59 seats in the European Parliament. In France, Marine Le Pen's National Front made large gains in both European and local elections. In Greece and Hungary, the openly racist and antisemitic parties Golden Dawn and Jobbik continue to amass political power while they foster discrimination and violence. Political leaders in both countries have failed to combat the rising tide of violent antisemitism and extremism, at times empowering extremist parties to gain more ground. At a time when the transatlantic alliance is more important than ever, the United States cannot afford to allow its allies, especially those in the European Union, to erode democratic norms. At a recent meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power cautioned that antisemitism is a threat to the future of Europe. During this discussion, Human Rights First's Elisa Massimino and Tad Stahnke will discuss the growth of antisemitism in Europe, and how the American policymakers and European leaders should respond to these trends in order to protect the values of liberal democracy and maintain a strong Trans-Atlantic Alliance. 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.

 
 
 
“Implementing ‘All Behaviors Count’ in School Settings”
March 27, 2015 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
On Friday, March 27, join Holocaust Museum Houston’s education team for a one-day workshop to learn about utilizing the Museum’s “All Behaviors Count” program in your classroom. “All Behaviors Count” is a free modular program that examines the five forms of social cruelty: taunting, rumoring, exclusion, ganging up and bullying. This program examines the role each of the five forms of social cruelty plays in both school life and in culture. Broadening the topic to include other aspects of social cruelty is significantly more effective than approaching bullying as a singular behavior. In addition to teaching about these negative behaviors, this program also focuses on teaching about how to respond to social cruelty in positive ways. These social resiliency skills – both intra-and inter-personal – mean that students who participate in the program are prepared to address issues of social cruelty directly. In this session, educators will learn how to use examples from media and popular culture in classroom instruction to widen the experiences students see and discuss. This program is highly recommended for districts working to meet state guidelines regarding stopping bullying in all grade levels (K-12). Teachers, principals, curriculum leaders and guidance counselors should consider attending. This workshop has been approved by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented for six hours in Social and Emotional Needs of G/T Learners. The fee for this program is $20 per person, which includes workshop materials but not lunch. This event has reached its maximum seating capacity.

 
 
 
“The Last Mentsch”
March 12, 2015 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Mena’hem Teitelbaum, a survivor of Nazi concentration camps, has been running from his experience all his life by denying his Jewish heritage. He sought to forget the trauma by creating a new identity for himself, Marcus Schwarz, in Germany, one without Jewish friends or ties. Now faced with his own mortality, he suddenly wishes to be buried in a Jewish cemetery. To be buried there, a person must be Jewish and much to his dismay, his word is not enough for the rabbis; he must prove that he is, in fact, Jewish. However, with all his family gone and no remaining records, he has no evidence, save for the faded tattoo on his forearm. Marcus’s only hope is to return to the Hungarian village he grew up in to try to find proof of his birth. A young Turkish girl is deeply moved by his story and offers to drive him to Hungary – she knows exactly what it means to feel lost and uprooted. The unlikely duo set out on a road trip across Europe that will end up irrevocably changing them both. Award-winning documentarian Pierre-Henri Salfati’s 90-minute foray into feature narrative filmmaking is a thoughtfully rendered story of friendship and healing. Poignant, funny and deeply moving, "The Last Mentsch" is a powerful, emotional journey. This film is presented in conjunction with the Houston Jewish Film Festival. Tickets are $8 for HMH members, members of the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, the JCC Patron of the Arts, students, seniors age 60+. Tickets for the general public are $10. HMH members may purchase tickets online at http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx. JCC members may purchase tickets by calling 713-942-8000, ext. 400.




 
 
 
Geneaology Research Seminar 
February 28, 2015 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location Laurie and Milton Boniuk Resource Center and Library
 
Holocaust Museum Houston is pleased to announce its collaboration with Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research in bringing Houston a genealogical research seminar. Embarking on a family history research project is a great way to pass down our stories and those of our ancestors’ lives. Sue Kaufman, manager of Houston Public Library's Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, will present basic steps for getting started on your family history journey with a special emphasis on Jewish genealogical research.  Amanda McKenzie, assistant librarian at Holocaust Museum Houston, will give an introduction to Jewish genealogical tools that will assist researching Holocaust survivors and victims. Join the Museum and the library to learn about the resources available for your search. The program is brought to the public by HMH’s Friends of the Library affinity group. Admission, which includes entry to the Museum, is $12 for nonmember adults, $8 for seniors and active-duty military, and free for HMH members and students. Seating is limited, and advance registration is requested. Visit https://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.



 
 
 
“Witness in Uniform”
February 26, 2015 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
“Witness in Uniform” is a unique delegation of Israel Defense Force (IDF) soldiers who visit concentration camps in Europe as part of their training. These delegations consist of IDF officers from various units, including reservists. The delegations visit the concentration and death camps, the ghettos and the old communities of the destroyed European Jewry. These trips are preceded by extensive studying and preparation that the delegation members undergo, including a tour of Yad Vashem. The soldiers also study Jewish history in general and specifically that of the Holocaust. Each delegation is accompanied by a Holocaust survivor who adds their personal story and contributes their perspective on the Holocaust.  Commanders on the trip explore issues such as how to incorporate the ethical lessons gleaned from the journey into their leadership as commanders, how to convey the history of the Holocaust to the soldiers under their command and how the Holocaust influences their identities as IDF soldiers. Holocaust Museum Houston guests will have the privilege of listening to a 25-year-old active-duty captain in the IDF navy who participated in Operation Protective Edge during the summer of 2014 explain how the visit to the concentration camps impacted their identity as an IDF soldier.  Admission is free, but seating is limited, and advance registration is requested. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.

 
 
 
“Impacts of Racist Ideologies: The Holocaust and Japanese-American Internment”
February 13, 2015 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
How do the histories of the Holocaust and Japanese-American Internment intersect? During this free one-day workshop on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, in conjunction with “The Art of Gaman” exhibition, learn how fear, enmity, prejudice and apathy worked together to harm civil societies in Nazi Germany and the United States. Working with colleagues from Houston’s Japanese Americans Citizens League, workshop participants will study how legal frameworks were implemented to remove identified “others” from society and restrict their movements to gain power – and in the case of the Holocaust, murder – over the identified people. Using current media examples and primary source materials in “The Art of Gaman,” participants will leave this program prepared to connect and teach these histories in their classrooms. This program will meet the TEKS requirements for Social Studies 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. This workshop has been approved by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented for six hours in Creativity and Instructional Strategies. Registration is limited to 40 teachers and must take place by Feb. 11, 2015. Schools will be reimbursed up to $85 per teacher attending the workshop to pay for substitute teachers. To register, email your name and school to teachertraining@hmh.org or call 713-527-1605. 


 
 
 
"Carl Lutz: The Forgotten Hero"
February 12, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
This feature documentary by Daniel von Aarburg tells the story of Swiss diplomat Carl Lutz (1895-1975), acting head of the Swiss Embassy in Budapest during World War II. Lutz negotiated a special deal with the Hungarian government and the Nazis, gaining permission to issue protective letters to 8,000 Hungarian Jews to emigrate to Palestine. He also set up “safe houses” around Budapest, declaring them annexes of the Swiss legation and thus off-limits to Hungarian forces or Nazi soldiers. However, his achievements were not immediately recognized in Switzerland. Soon after the war, he had been criticized by the government for having exceeded his authority and for missing expense receipts. Later, Lutz was "rehabilitated" in terms of public reputation, and his achievements were honored by the Swiss government. In 1965, he was recognized by Yad Vashem as “Righteous Among the Nations.” Agnes Hirschi, his stepdaughter, retells the incredible story at the original locations in Hungary. The story is complemented by statements of contemporary witnesses from all around the world, including Houston survivor Alex Schlesinger. A reception beginning at 6 p.m. will precede the film, which begins at 7 p.m. The film screening is sponsored by the Consulate of Switzerland. Admission is free, but reservations are requested. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/registerevent.aspx.

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“The Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War”
January 30, 2015 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
Before Hitler invaded Poland and before the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, the Pacific Theater was host to a different human rights atrocity: the Siege of Nanjing. Lead by scholars from Facing History and Ourselves, this day-long workshop will invite educators to critically analyze and reflect on one case of mass atrocity committed in the 20th century. Participants will study the choices of individuals and groups in the midst of war by focusing on a pedagogical approach to teaching such difficult histories, histories that raise ethical and moral questions about humanity’s capacity for violence, as well as its capacity for empathy. Through the study of primary source documents, including stories of survivors and rescuers, films and a pre-publication draft of Facing History’s newest resource “The Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War,” participants will explore the complex answers to these questions, and more: What is the relationship between war and war crimes? How does our understanding of World War II change when we confront the history of the war between Japan and China? What can we learn about obedience, authority and historical memories when studying the Japanese invasion of Nanjing in 1937 and its aftermath? This program will meet the TEKS requirements for Social Studies and English/Language Arts teachers in grades 3 through 12. Art and music educators who wish to incorporate these histories in their studies also may wish to consider attending. This workshop has been approved by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented for six hours in Creativity and Instructional Strategies. The fee for this program is $20 per person, which includes workshop materials but not lunch. Registration is limited to 40 teachers and must take place by Jan. 28, 2015. To register, visit www.hmh.org.

 
 
 
Opening Reception: “The Art of Gaman”
January 29, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Mincberg Gallery
 
In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which led to the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans in the United States, including men, women, children, the elderly and the infirm, for the duration of World War II. The evacuation affected the entire Japanese American population on the U.S. West Coast. Allowed only what they could carry, they were given just a few days to settle their affairs and report to assembly centers. Businesses were lost, personal property was stolen or vandalized and lives were shattered. Imprisoned in remote camps surrounded by barbed wire and guarded by soldiers with machine guns, the internees sought solace in art. Their artistic creations – a celebration of the nobility of the human spirit in adversity – are the focus of this new exhibit, “The Art of Gaman,” opening Jan. 30, 2015, and on view through Sept. 20, 2015. HMH members are invited to a free preview reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. To renew a membership or to join and attend, visit www.hmh.org, e-mail membership@hmh.org or call 713-527-1640.

 Press Release
 
 
 
International Holocaust Remembrance Day
January 27, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
A memorial service, cosponsored by the American Jewish Committee, will be held for all members of the Consular Corps to commemorate the tragic loss of 6 million Jews in the Holocaust. For more information, call 713-942-8000, ext. 104 or e-mail events@hmh.org. This year’s event honors Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish humanitarian who worked in Budapest during World War II to rescue Jews from the Holocaust. He did this by issuing protective passports and housing Jews in buildings established as Swedish territory, saving tens of thousands of lives.

 Press Release
 
 
 
“The History of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the Preservation of the Site and Museum for the Future,” with Robert Jan Van Pelt
January 22, 2015 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Jan. 27 marks the 70th anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation by Soviet soldiers. Since 1947, the Polish government has maintained Auschwitz as a museum and memorial. It also has been proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage site. Preserving the site has become increasingly important, but there are opposing views on this topic. The International Auschwitz Council wants to preserve the memorial as a symbol and warning against all forms of genocide. Robert Jan van Pelt, a professor at the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, and a leading expert on Auschwitz, supports the preservation of the Auschwitz main camp, but not the Birkenau site. Since it was the place where most of the killings took place, it is a crucial site of the Holocaust. However, as most of the original structures are in a state of ruin, van Pelt thinks it would be a more fitting memorial to let Birkenau disintegrate completely, just as a million people literally disappeared. 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. This program has been generously underwritten by Annette and Dan Gordon. 
 Press Release
 
 
 
“The Red Handkerchief: A Holocaust Memoir,” with Yvonne Ward-Hughes
January 20, 2015 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross St., Houston, TX 77006
 
At age 19, Yvonne’s mother, Maria Spronk-Hughes joined a resistance group in Amsterdam and performed acts of sabotage against the Nazis. At age 22, she was arrested by the Gestapo and sent to a Nazi prison and then to the Vught concentration camp. In 1944, she was put on trial by the Nazis for sabotage. “The Red Handkerchief” is based on her life experience. Yvonne will speak about her mother’s experiences and her moral courage to do the right thing. “The Red Handkerchief,” which is part of the permanent exhibition at HMH will be on loan to the Menil Collection for display during their exhibit “Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Non-Violence. Admission is free, and advance registration is not required.
 Press Release
 
 
 
"Diplomacy"
January 10, 2015 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77005
 
As the Allies march toward Paris in the summer of 1944, Adolf Hitler gives orders that the French capital should not fall into enemy hands, or if it does, then only "as a field of rubble." The person assigned to carry out this barbaric act is Wehrmacht commander of Greater Paris, General Dietrich von Choltitz, who already has mines planted on the Eiffel Tower, in the Louvre and Notre Dame and on the bridges over the Seine. Nothing was to be left as a reminder of the city’s former glory. However, at dawn on Aug. 25, Swedish Consul General Raoul Nordling steals into German headquarters through a secret underground tunnel and, thus, starts a tension-filled game of cat and mouse as Nordling tries to persuade Choltitz to abandon his plan. In this riveting adaptation of the stage success by Cyril Gély, the great Volker Schlöndorff has created a psychologically elaborate game of political manners between two highly contrasting characters played by two of France’s greatest stage and screen actors, André Dussollier and Niels Arestrup. While Choltitz entrenches himself behind his duty to unquestioningly obey all military orders, Nordling tries everything he can to appeal to reason and humanity and prevent the senseless destruction of the beloved "City of Light." Admission is $7 for HMH members with presentation of the HMH membership card.

 
 
 
"Diplomacy"
January 9, 2015 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77005
 
As the Allies march toward Paris in the summer of 1944, Adolf Hitler gives orders that the French capital should not fall into enemy hands, or if it does, then only "as a field of rubble." The person assigned to carry out this barbaric act is Wehrmacht commander of Greater Paris, General Dietrich von Choltitz, who already has mines planted on the Eiffel Tower, in the Louvre and Notre Dame and on the bridges over the Seine. Nothing was to be left as a reminder of the city’s former glory. However, at dawn on Aug. 25, Swedish Consul General Raoul Nordling steals into German headquarters through a secret underground tunnel and, thus, starts a tension-filled game of cat and mouse as Nordling tries to persuade Choltitz to abandon his plan. In this riveting adaptation of the stage success by Cyril Gély, the great Volker Schlöndorff has created a psychologically elaborate game of political manners between two highly contrasting characters played by two of France’s greatest stage and screen actors, André Dussollier and Niels Arestrup. While Choltitz entrenches himself behind his duty to unquestioningly obey all military orders, Nordling tries everything he can to appeal to reason and humanity and prevent the senseless destruction of the beloved "City of Light." Admission is $7 for HMH members with presentation of the HMH membership card.

 
 
 
“Watchers of the Sky”
January 7, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
The award-winning film “Watchers of the Sky” interweaves stories of remarkable courage, compassion and determination, while setting out to uncover the forgotten life of Raphael Lemkin, the man who created the word “genocide” and believed the law could protect the world from mass atrocities. Inspired by Samantha Power’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide,” the film takes viewers on a provocative journey from Nuremberg to The Hague, from Bosnia to Darfur, from criminality to justice, and from apathy to action. This powerful feature documentary exposes the uncanny parallels of genocides across time and culture. Uniquely, “Watchers of the Sky” tells the stories of five remarkable people who have worked to end the international community’s political paralysis and make “never again” a reality. The film will be introduced by Dr. Mary Johnson, senior historian at Facing History and Ourselves. Tickets are $8 for nonmembers, and $5 for HMH members, students and seniors. Visit www.hmh.org/registerevent.aspx to RSVP online.

 
 
 
“Reflections on Memory and Writing,” with Rabbi Ranon Teller and editor and author Alexandra Zapruder
January 6, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
HMH’s exhibit “Ground Zero 360: Never Forget” remains on view through Jan. 11, 2015. In this related presentation, Rabbi Ranon Teller offers ”Ritualizing 9/11,” grappling with the horror through contemporary application of traditional ritual. As victims became aware of their impending death, many people left phone messages for their loved ones. Teller will chant transcripts of these phone messages using the traditional chant from the “Book of Lamentations.” The practice created by Rabbi Irwin Kula has become an essential part of the Yom Kippur service at Congregation Brith Shalom. 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. Zapruder will speak about the collection of youth diaries and her current work on the book’s second edition. 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 have 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. Tickets are $8 for nonmembers, and $5 for HMH members, students and seniors. Visit www.hmh.org/registerevent.aspx to RSVP online.


 
 
 
"Diplomacy"
January 4, 2015 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Location Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77005
 
As the Allies march toward Paris in the summer of 1944, Adolf Hitler gives orders that the French capital should not fall into enemy hands, or if it does, then only "as a field of rubble." The person assigned to carry out this barbaric act is Wehrmacht commander of Greater Paris, General Dietrich von Choltitz, who already has mines planted on the Eiffel Tower, in the Louvre and Notre Dame and on the bridges over the Seine. Nothing was to be left as a reminder of the city’s former glory. However, at dawn on Aug. 25, Swedish Consul General Raoul Nordling steals into German headquarters through a secret underground tunnel and, thus, starts a tension-filled game of cat and mouse as Nordling tries to persuade Choltitz to abandon his plan. In this riveting adaptation of the stage success by Cyril Gély, the great Volker Schlöndorff has created a psychologically elaborate game of political manners between two highly contrasting characters played by two of France’s greatest stage and screen actors, André Dussollier and Niels Arestrup. While Choltitz entrenches himself behind his duty to unquestioningly obey all military orders, Nordling tries everything he can to appeal to reason and humanity and prevent the senseless destruction of the beloved "City of Light." Admission is $7 for HMH members with presentation of the HMH membership card.

 
 
 
First Responder Free Admission Day
January 3, 2015 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location Morgan Family Center
 
Holocaust Museum Houston will offer Houston-area first responders with valid ID and their immediate families free admission to its newest exhibit honoring emergency workers from noon to 5 p.m. additional Saturdays this winter. On Sept. 11, 2001, New York City was shaken to its core when two jet airliners crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. In the wake of the chaos, New York-based Irish photographer Nicola McClean responded in the only way she knew how: she picked up her camera and took to the streets to try and capture the confusion and panic that surrounded her. At the same time, a young police captain in New York named Paul McCormack rushed to downtown Manhattan, and worked in the rescue and recovery effort at Ground Zero. During that time, McClean took thousands of photographs near Ground Zero and the surrounding neighborhoods, working to capture the chaos engulfing the city, as well as the work of emergency workers, police officers, firefighters and others. Over the following 10 years, McClean and McCormack worked together to create “Ground Zero 360: Never Forget,” a stunning panoramic installation of photographic images, visuals and audio clips that provides a unique insight into the hearts and minds of New Yorkers in the days that followed the attacks. Their unique exhibit remains on view through Jan. 11, 2015. Houston-area first responders and their immediately families can take advantage of free admission on Jan. 3, 2015, courtesy of the M.D. Anderson Foundation.
 
 
 
New Year’s Weekend
January 1, 2015 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location Morgan Family Center
 
The Museum will close at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. The Museum will be closed Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, in observance of New Year’s Day. The Museum will reopen at 9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015.

 
 
 
2014 Events

Holiday Weekend
December 25, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location Morgan Family Center
 
The Museum will close at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec 24, 2014. The Museum will be closed Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, in observance of Christmas Day. The Museum will reopen at 9 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014.

 
 
 
First Responder Free Admission Day
December 20, 2014 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location Morgan Family Center
 
Holocaust Museum Houston will offer Houston-area first responders with valid ID and their immediate families free admission to its newest exhibit honoring emergency workers from noon to 5 p.m. additional Saturdays this winter. On Sept. 11, 2001, New York City was shaken to its core when two jet airliners crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. In the wake of the chaos, New York-based Irish photographer Nicola McClean responded in the only way she knew how: she picked up her camera and took to the streets to try and capture the confusion and panic that surrounded her. At the same time, a young police captain in New York named Paul McCormack rushed to downtown Manhattan, and worked in the rescue and recovery effort at Ground Zero. During that time, McClean took thousands of photographs near Ground Zero and the surrounding neighborhoods, working to capture the chaos engulfing the city, as well as the work of emergency workers, police officers, firefighters and others. Over the following 10 years, McClean and McCormack worked together to create “Ground Zero 360: Never Forget,” a stunning panoramic installation of photographic images, visuals and audio clips that provides a unique insight into the hearts and minds of New Yorkers in the days that followed the attacks. Their unique exhibit remains on view through Jan. 11, 2015. Houston-area first responders and their immediately families can take advantage of free admission on Dec. 20, 2014, and Jan. 3, 2015, courtesy of the M.D. Anderson Foundation.
 
 
 
Bonhoeffer Tours
December 13, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location Morgan Family Center
 
Holocaust Museum Houston will offer tours focusing on the life and ministry of the German Lutheran theologian Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer Saturdays,  Nov. 8 and Nov. 15 and Dec. 6 and Dec. 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  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 is free for HMH members and students, $12 for nonmember adults, $8 for seniors and members of the active-duty military. Tour sizes are limited, and advance reservation is requested. To register for any tour, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online. To schedule a separate private group tour for 10 or more in advance, visit the Museum's Web site at www.hmh.org and check the “Plan Your Visit tab.”
 Press Release
 
 
 
“Berlin Calling,” with Survivor Ben Waserman
December 11, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
As a child growing up in suburban Houston, Kastle Waserman always knew a big, dark cloud hung over her family, but her father never talked about his past. Later in life, she uncovered what happened to him during his childhood in the dark days of Berlin and the Holocaust. The documentary film, “Berlin Calling” follows Kastle on a journey of discovery through five cities – Berlin, Prague, Paris, Los Angeles and Houston. This amazing true account of one family in the big shadow of history’s most harrowing times reveals the emotional impact that is handed down through generations. Kastle is the daughter of Holocaust Survivor Ben Waserman of Houston. Waserman was a young teenager in war-torn Berlin. After his father was murdered by the Nazis, and with no papers, he went into hiding before being captured by the Nazis in 1943 and sent to Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in Czechoslovakia. After years of fearing for his life and living in the squalor of the disease-infested ghetto, he was liberated by the Russians and went to America to start anew. He will introduce the film and take questions afterward. The documentary recently won a Golden REMI award at Worldfest Houston. Tickets are $5 for HMH members, seniors and students and $8 for nonmembers, and seating is limited. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx. For more information, e-mail events@hmh.org.
 
 
 
Bonhoeffer Tours
December 6, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location Morgan Family Center
 
Holocaust Museum Houston will offer tours focusing on the life and ministry of the German Lutheran theologian Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer Saturdays,  Nov. 8 and Nov. 15 and Dec. 6 and Dec. 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  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 is free for HMH members and students, $12 for nonmember adults, $8 for seniors and members of the active-duty military. Tour sizes are limited, and advance reservation is requested. To register for any tour, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online. To schedule a separate private group tour for 10 or more in advance, visit the Museum's Web site at www.hmh.org and check the “Plan Your Visit tab.”
 Press Release
 
 
 
First Responder Free Admission Day
November 29, 2014 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location Morgan Family Center
 
Holocaust Museum Houston will offer Houston-area first responders with valid ID and their immediate families free admission to its newest exhibit honoring emergency workers from noon to 5 p.m. three more Saturdays this winter. On Sept. 11, 2001, New York City was shaken to its core when two jet airliners crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. In the wake of the chaos, New York-based Irish photographer Nicola McClean responded in the only way she knew how: she picked up her camera and took to the streets to try and capture the confusion and panic that surrounded her. At the same time, a young police captain in New York named Paul McCormack rushed to downtown Manhattan, and worked in the rescue and recovery effort at Ground Zero. During that time, McClean took thousands of photographs near Ground Zero and the surrounding neighborhoods, working to capture the chaos engulfing the city, as well as the work of emergency workers, police officers, firefighters and others. Over the following 10 years, McClean and McCormack worked together to create “Ground Zero 360: Never Forget,” a stunning panoramic installation of photographic images, visuals and audio clips that provides a unique insight into the hearts and minds of New Yorkers in the days that followed the attacks. Their unique exhibit remains on view through Jan. 11, 2015. Houston-area first responders and their immediately families can take advantage of free admission on Nov. 29, 2014; Dec. 20, 2014; and Jan. 3, 2015; courtesy of the M.D. Anderson Foundation.
 
 
 
Thanksgiving Weekend
November 27, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location
 
The Museum will close at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. The Museum will be closed Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in observance of Thanksgiving. The Museum will reopen at 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014.

 
 
 
“Behind Enemy Lines,” with Marthe Cohn
November 17, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Zadok Jewelers, 1749 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056
 
Marthe Cohn was born in 1920 and grew up in French Lorraine but spoke German fluently. Like many others who experienced the Holocaust firsthand, she and her family found themselves gradually isolated, then singled out for arrest and deportation. A determined young woman whose features the Nazis did not consider “Jewish,” Cohn was able to acquire some nurse’s training. In 1945, posing as a German nurse, she slipped into enemy territory as an intelligence agent for the French First Army. She went on numerous dangerous missions which she described in her book that she co-wrote with Wendy Holden. Cohn was a remarkable woman, who under extraordinary circumstances became a hero. At the age of 80, she was awarded France’s highest military honor, the Medaille Militaire. At 94, she still loves to travel, meet with students and speak to audiences. Please note: This is a Premier Membership Event by invitation only. For more information, call Member Services at 713-527-1616 or email membership@hmh.org.
 
 
 
Bonhoeffer Tours
November 15, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location Morgan Family Center
 
Holocaust Museum Houston will offer tours focusing on the life and ministry of the German Lutheran theologian Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer Saturdays,  Nov. 8 and Nov. 15 and Dec. 6 and Dec. 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  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 is free for HMH members and students, $12 for nonmember adults, $8 for seniors and members of the active-duty military. Tour sizes are limited, and advance reservation is requested. To register for any tour, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online. To schedule a separate private group tour for 10 or more in advance, visit the Museum's Web site at www.hmh.org and check the “Plan Your Visit tab.”
 Press Release
 
 
 
The Stefi Altman Seminar for Educators: “Is it true? Using Fiction and Nonfiction Sources to Teach about the Holocaust and Genocide”
November 14, 2014 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
Do you use the same book or the same author each time you teach about the Holocaust? Want to learn how to expand the literary offerings in your teaching? This one-day workshop on Friday, Nov. 14 is for you. This workshop will focus on school-age appropriate fiction and non-fiction resources for grades three through 12, including how to incorporate them into the classroom for all development levels. From the inclusion of diaries and memoirs to the use of poetry and historical fiction, participants will consider the pedagogical best practices in teaching about the Holocaust and other genocides. Participants will engage in a rich examination of picture books and graphic novels and also be actively involved in using strategies to incorporate in teaching about the Holocaust. All participants will leave with classroom with new materials to use and new ideas on teaching about the Holocaust and other genocides. This program will meet the TEKS requirements for both English/Language Arts and Social Studies teachers in grades three through 12. Art and music educators who wish to incorporate Holocaust-based literature in their studies also may wish to consider attending. This program is supported by the Fund for Educators, in honor of Stefi Altman. This workshop has been approved by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented for six hours in Creativity and Instructional Strategies. The fee for this program is $20 per person, which includes workshop materials but not lunch. Registration is limited to 40 teachers. To register, visit www.hmh.org or e-mail teachertraining@hmh.org. This program is supported by the Fund for Educators, in honor of Stefi Altman.  



 
 
 
“Testimony: The Legacy of Schindler’s List and the USC Shoah Foundation,” with Dr. Stephen D. Smith
November 10, 2014 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston, 5601 S. Braeswood Blvd., Houston, TX 77096
 
Steven Spielberg and Universal Pictures opened their archives to create this fascinating volume commemorating the 20th anniversary of “Schindler’s List” and the creation of the USC Shoah Foundation. Part 1 shares riveting insights into the making of the film. Part 2 tells of the building of the worldwide organization whose mission is education in the ongoing battle to prevent genocides. Dr. Stephen D. Smith is the executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education. He is a theologian by training and the inaugural holder of the UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education. He founded Aegis Trust in 2000 with his brother, James M. Smith. He graduated from the University of London and received his doctorate from the University of Birmingham. To register or for more information, visit http://www.erjcchouston.org.
 
 
 
Bonhoeffer Tours
November 8, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location Morgan Family Center
 
Holocaust Museum Houston will offer tours focusing on the life and ministry of the German Lutheran theologian Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer Saturdays,  Nov. 8 and Nov. 15 and Dec. 6 and Dec. 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  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 is free for HMH members and students, $12 for nonmember adults, $8 for seniors and members of the active-duty military. Tour sizes are limited, and advance reservation is requested. To register for any tour, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online. To schedule a separate private group tour for 10 or more in advance, visit the Museum's Web site at www.hmh.org and check the “Plan Your Visit tab.”
 Press Release
 
 
 
Guardian of the Human Spirit Luncheon
November 3, 2014 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Location Westin Galleria Hotel, 5060 W. Alabama, Houston, TX 77056
 
Join us for this annual luncheon honoring dedicated Houstonians who have worked to enhance the lives of others. This year’s honorees are Holocaust survivor Edith Mincberg and the late Josef Mincberg. Civil rights attorney Alan Dershowitz will give the keynote address. For tickets or table information, call 713-942-8000, ext. 112 or e-mail spiritlunch@hmh.org.
 Press Release
 
 
 
Bonhoeffer Tours
November 1, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location Morgan Family Center
 
Holocaust Museum Houston will offer tours focusing on the life and ministry of the German Lutheran theologian Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer Saturdays,  Oct. 11,18, 25 and Nov. 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  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 is free for HMH members and students, $12 for nonmember adults, $8 for seniors and members of the active-duty military. Tour sizes are limited, and advance reservation is requested. To register for any tour, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online. To schedule a separate private group tour for 10 or more in advance, visit the Museum's Web site at www.hmh.org and check the “Plan Your Visit tab.”
 Press Release
 
 
 
Opening Reception: “Birthrights Left Behind” 
October 30, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Central Gallery
 
In “Birthrights Left Behind,” artist Pauline Jakobsberg poses the question: “Is it possible to shape the future through memories of the past?” “Birthrights” is a selection of Jakobsberg’s work consisting of more than 20 original hand-pulled prints using various printmaking techniques, ranging from engraving, etching, silkscreen and collagraph. Jakobsberg dedicates the exhibition to her children and her late husband Wolfgang, who fled Nazi Germany at the age of six with his parents to Bolivia in 1939. Inspired by the stories of her husband’s family who suffered considerable loss at the hands of the Nazis, Jakobsberg has devoted much of her art to telling their stories. Many of the works address the Holocaust and the loss of birthright that accompanies the loss of one’s homeland. She states, “I am inspired to create a permanent impression of works filled with tenderness, caring and humanity balanced with pathos and grief leaving haunting memories and making my visions a reality. I believe that creating images of people now gone or maybe never known, renews their lives and gives substance to their memory. The remarkable courage of those who fled Europe to pick up the pieces of their lives in a new and foreign environment filled me with admiration of Holocaust survivors, a desire to learn from them and a need to continue to know more about those who did not survive.” HMH members are invited to a free preview reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. To renew your membership or to join and attend, visit our Web site at www.hmh.org, e-mail membership@hmh.org or call 713-527-1640.

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"Life Reborn: Jewish Displaced Persons After the War, A New Life"
October 29, 2014 7:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location Congregation Brith Shalom, 4610 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401
 
This is the second of the two-part educational experience that tells the story of the Jewish survivors in the immediate years after World War II. The presenter, G. Daniel Cohen, is the Rice University associate professor of history and author of "In War's Wake: European Refugees in the Postwar Order." This session entitled, "A New Life" looks at how Jews displaced persons came to be recognized as political refugees and how the urgency of the Jewish refugee problem led to the birth of Israel. This program is cosponsored by Holocaust Museum Houston. Admission is free, but reservations are requested, To RSVP, call Aaron Howard at 281-561-6753 or email gamy@hal-pc.org.

 
 
 
“The Stages of Memory at Ground Zero,” with James Young 
October 28, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Professor James Young believes that the World Trade Center Memorial began with the first flyers of lost loved ones, with the first candlelight vigils at Union Square and the laying of flowers around New York City. It continued with the devastating pile of debris and search and rescue operations, cleanup and salvage operations, the reconstruction of the void at the heart of Ground Zero and the public arbitration of the new site design through the public process of the memorial competition. Young is a distinguished university professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He was appointed to the commission for Germany’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in 1997. He has also consulted with Argentina’s government on its memorial to the desaparecidos, as well as with numerous city agencies on their memorials and museums. Most recently, he was appointed to the jury for the World Trade Center Site Memorial competition. Tickets are $5 for HMH members, seniors and students and $8 for nonmembers. Seating is limited, and advance registration is requested. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.
 
 
 
Bonhoeffer Tours
October 25, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location Morgan Family Center
 
Holocaust Museum Houston will offer tours focusing on the life and ministry of the German Lutheran theologian Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer Saturdays,  Oct. 11,18, 25 and Nov.1 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  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 is free for HMH members and students, $12 for nonmember adults, $8 for seniors and members of the active-duty military. Tour sizes are limited, and advance reservation is requested. To register for any tour, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online. To schedule a separate private group tour for 10 or more in advance, visit the Museum's Web site at www.hmh.org and check the “Plan Your Visit tab.”
 
 
 
“The Soap Myth”
October 23, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
This film version of the play, “The Soap Myth,” is an interesting story that provokes discussion. More than a half-century after World War II at the desperate urging of a passionate survivor, a young investigative reporter finds herself caught between numerous versions of the same story. Played out against the backdrop of deadline reporting and journalistic integrity, the critically acclaimed “The Soap Myth” by Jeff Cohen questions who has the right to write history — those people who have lived it and remember, those who study and protect it or those who would seek to distort its very existence? And finally what is all our responsibility once we know the truth? Arnold Mittelman, the producing artistic director, will introduce the film and take questions afterward. He is the president and producing artistic director of the not-for-profit National Jewish Theater/Foundation, which celebrates the cultural significance of Jewish history and the creativity of Jewish American composers, lyricists, playwrights and performers. 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.
 
 
 
"Life Reborn: Jewish Displaced Persons After the War, The Surviving Remnant"
October 22, 2014 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Congregation Brith Shalom, 4610 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401
 
This is a two-part educational experience that tells the story of the Jewish survivors in the immediate years after World War II. The presenter, G. Daniel Cohen, is a Rice University associate professor of history and author of "In War's Wake: European Refugees in the Postwar Order." This first part entitled, "The Surviving Remnant" explores the experiences of those who survived the camps and those who survived the war in the Soviet Union. The class will explore the phenomenon of antisemitism in Poland after the war and the establishment of the International Refugee Organization (IRO). This program is cosponsored by Holocaust Museum Houston. Admission is free, but reservations are requested, To RSVP, call Aaron Howard at 281-561-6753 or email gamy@hal-pc.org.
 
 
 
“Regeneration:  The Triumph of Music and Art” 
October 19, 2014 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Holocaust Museum Houston’s affinity group The Guild joins with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) to present an evening of music and discussion regarding the failed attempts to repress the creative spirit of Jewish artists during the era of Nazi Germany. The event includes an informative discussion with Gus Kopriva and Dr. Irene Guenther about the work of degenerate artists in the areas of art, theater, film, fashion and music. The ROCO Wind Trio then will perform several selections from various composers such as Schulhoff’s "Trio," Tansman’s "Suite for Wind Trio" and Milhaud's "Suite d’après Corrette." Tickets are $40 for HMH members, seniors and students and $50 for nonmembers. Seating is limited, and advance registration is requested. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.  For ROCO subscribers, please contact Courtney Tutt at ctutt@HMH.org or call 713-527-1640.

 
 
 
Bonhoeffer Tours
October 11, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location Morgan Family Center
 
Holocaust Museum Houston will offer tours focusing on the life and ministry of the German Lutheran theologian Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer Saturdays,  Oct. 11,18, 25 and Nov.1 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  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 is free for HMH members and students, $12 for nonmember adults, $8 for seniors and members of the active-duty military. Tour sizes are limited, and advance reservation is requested. To register for any tour, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online. To schedule a separate private group tour for 10 or more in advance, visit the Museum's Web site at www.hmh.org and check the “Plan Your Visit tab.”
 
 
 
Yom Kippur
October 4, 2014 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location Morgan Family Center
 
The Museum will be closed Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in observance of Yom Kippur. The Museum will reopen at noon on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014.

 
 
 
“An Unbroken Bond,” with Edie Lutnick
September 18, 2014 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd., Houston, TX 77004
 
On Sept. 11, 2001, 658 men and women at Cantor Fitzgerald found themselves trapped together in One World Trade Center, and none would make it out alive. Among them was Edie Lutnick's brother, Gary, whom she had raised when their parents died at an early age. This is the story of the victims, the families and how they came together bonded by a tragic fate, but the story doesn't end there. In the aftermath of the attacks, Edie answered the call from her other brother Cantor Fitzgerald CEO Howard Lutnick, to create a fund for the firm's families who had lost loved ones. Over the past decade, Edie and Howard have found themselves in a fight not to just give aid and comfort to the larger Cantor family, but also to honor the memory of countless victims. What they weren't expecting was to find a barrage of issues in their way from political jockeying to class biases. This is the powerful, sometimes infuriating and ultimately heartrending story of the mission to fulfill an important legacy and give meaning to the lives of the victims of 9/11. 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.
 
 
 
Opening Reception: “Ground Zero 360: Never Forget”
September 11, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Mincberg Gallery
 
An exhibition honoring the victims of 9-11, “Ground Zero 360” was created and organized by Paul McCormack, a retired Lieutenant from the New York City Police Department who participated in the rescue and recovery effort, and his wife Nicola McClean, a New York-based photographer from Ireland, who took pictures of the chaos that day. With a selection of more than 80 photographs taken by Nicola, the exhibit consists of harrowing images, heartbreaking “missing posters” and a unique panoramic installation, inviting visitors to visualize the events in the days following the attacks. Visitors will also be able to hear the city’s previously unreleased emergency radio calls from that morning and touch a fragment of twisted steel I-beam and broken granite from the World Trade Center. Personal artifacts on loan from families will also be on view. HMH members are invited to a free preview reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 11. To renew your membership or to join and attend, visit our Web site at www.hmh.org, e-mail membership@hmh.org or call 713-527-1640.
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“A Genocide Scholar’s Travelogue”
July 30, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
In his popular textbook, "Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction," Dr. Adam Jones wrote, “It is thus in the interest of humanity — both morally and practically — to oppose the crime against humanity that is genocide." Jones does so as he travels the world, using his intellectual skills to learn, explore and then teach about the scourge of genocide. He is also an avid photographer who powerfully and provocatively documents his research journeys. He recently concluded five months of sabbatical travels in South and Southeast Asia, taking him through Myanmar/Burma, northern India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Jones serves as scholar in residence during the 2014 Max. M. Kaplan Summer Institute. He will work with participants, sharing his insights, writings, and photographs. Jones’s "Global Photo Archive" now comprises nearly 12,000 images. During this lecture, Jones will highlight some images of direct relevance to genocide, crimes against humanity, war, as well as peace and reconstruction in the areas of his recent travels and in other regions he has researched in the past. Jones is professor of political science at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. He is a political scientist, writer and photojournalist and is the author or editor of 15 books, mostly on genocide and crimes against humanity. In 2010, Jones was chosen as one of "Fifty Key Thinkers on the Holocaust and Genocide" for a book of that name. He serves as executive director of Gendercide Watch (www.gendercide.org), a Web-based educational initiative. He has also recently worked as an expert consultant for the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide (OSAPG). 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.
 
 
 
Inaugural Gerald S. Kaplan Endowment Lecture: “Passivity and the Power of Active Bystanders in Genocide and Everyday Life"
July 29, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Dr. Ervin Staub addresses new understandings of the role of bystanders both in times of genocide and day-to-day life. This talk will address the great harm done by the passivity of witnesses/bystanders, from internal bystanders in a society and external bystanders, outside groups and nations, as a society moves toward genocide or other extreme violence. Staub will consider reasons for passivity and the harm done by passivity in less extreme, more everyday situations. He will discuss the characteristics of rescuers, heroic helpers who endanger themselves and often their families to save the lives of intended victims of genocide. The discussion will consider the potential power of bystanders, individuals and especially groups and nations to prevent or stop violence by groups against other groups. The talk will be based on Staub’s and others' research on helping, passivity, the origins of the Holocaust and other genocides, the prevention of genocide and his practical work on reconciliation in Rwanda and other settings. Staub also will discuss raising inclusively caring and morally courageous children and his training of active bystanders, including teaching police officers to prevent the use of unnecessary force by fellow officers, and students in schools to prevent or stop harmful actions by fellow students. Staub is professor emeritus and founding director of the doctoral program in the psychology of peace and violence at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is past president of the International Society for Political Psychology and of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence. Admission is free, but seating is limited, and advance registration is requested. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.
 
 
 
Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute for Educators
July 29, 2014 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wiesenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
The Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute for Educators at Holocaust Museum Houston is a four-day program that moves beyond the general history of the Holocaust to explore the various dimensions and implications of the Holocaust and other genocides. The institute, held each summer, provides substantive content and the opportunity to network with scholars and teachers from around the world. Working in the Museum’s exhibit space and classrooms, teachers grow in their understanding of the Holocaust and refine their skills to teach about the history and lessons of the Holocaust and genocide. Each year’s schedule includes one or two evening lectures. The program is directed toward educators on a secondary or higher level, but university students and educators of all levels who have a specific interest in, and background knowledge of, the Holocaust and genocide are invited to apply. Seating is limited and is on a competitive basis. The cost to attend the program is $150, which includes lunch and materials for the four days. See the application form online at www.hmh.org for early registration discounts. For more information, e-mail teachertraining@hmh.org.
 
 

 
 
 
“Creating a Life in Difficult Circumstances”
July 17, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
How do you begin again when the life you have known is destroyed? What does resilience mean for survivors of profound trauma, dislocation and the violent death of loved ones? For immigrants fleeing political oppression and genocide, the commitment to begin a new life in America involves radical choices about who they intend to become and how to carry and honor memory. In this panel discussion moderated by Claudia Kolker, recent immigrants and survivors of the Holocaust will reflect on the material, psychological and spiritual choices they made as they created new lives. Kolker is a journalist and author of “The Immigrant Advantage: What we can Learn from Newcomers to America about Health, Happiness and Hope.” This program is cosponsored with The Jung Center. 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.
 
 
 
"In the Land of Blood and Honey"
July 10, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
The film "In the Land of Blood and Honey," written and directed by Angelina Jolie, unfolds a tragic love story set against the backdrop of the Bosnian war. In a land where people of different cultures long lived in peace, there was a brief moment when a Muslim girl, Ajla, and a Bosnian police offer, Danijel, fell in love. Then, violence tore through the nation pitting neighbor against neighbor, and the age-old evils of religious hatred surfaced in the region. Ajla is taken prisoner and saved from the horrors of war by her captor, Danijel. As circumstances place them on opposite ends of the conflict, their relationship is ravaged by questions of loyalty and betrayal. 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.

 
 
 
Opening Reception: “Life: Survivor Portraits”
June 26, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Central Gallery
 
In Hebrew 18 is “chai,” meaning life, and Holocaust Museum Houston’s upcoming exhibition “Life: “Survivor Portraits” serves as an exploration and a celebration of the lives that Houston-area survivors of the Holocaust have created for themselves. Beginning on June 26, 2014 during the Museum’s 18th anniversary year, this new series by local artist Kelly Lee Webeck will include 18 portraits of local survivors and 18 images that document the home space each survivor has created. The exhibit will include 36 gelatin silver prints. To increase the exhibit’s interactivity, broaden accessibility and extend its reach beyond the physical and temporal exhibit, two iPads will include additional images not shown on the walls. Through the use of technology, these images, and the 36 images in the show will be available through the iPad technology utilized in the Museum’s Digital Trunk program. On the digital screens, the photographs can be viewed and used in classrooms and other community spaces to continue the inquiry begun in the exhibit space. Please note: this event is intended for HMH members. To renew your membership or to join and attend, visit our Web site at www.hmh.org, e-mail membership@hmh.org or call 713-527-1640.
 
 
 
“The Walk to Freedom”
June 19, 2014 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Houston Museum of African American Culture, 4807 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004
 
Join the Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) and Holocaust Museum Houston as we come together to commemorate Juneteenth. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration marking the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that Union soldiers led by Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. The evening will begin at HMAAC with light refreshments and an historical overview of the history of Juneteenth. At 6:35 p.m., participants will take a reflective walk four blocks down Caroline Street to Holocaust Museum Houston to remember those who walked off plantations 148 years ago to begin their lives as freed individuals. The WALIPP-TSU Preparatory Academy will accompany walkers by playing and singing inspiring hymns of freedom. The evening will conclude at HMH with the screening of the documentary film “The New Juneteenth,” followed by a question and answer session by filmmaker Isaac Fanuiel. Admission is free, but seating is limited and advance registration is requested. Visit https://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.
 
 
 
“Berlin Calling,” with Survivor Ben Waserman
June 12, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
As a child growing up in suburban Houston, Kastle Waserman always knew a big, dark cloud hung over her family, but her father never talked about his past. Later in life, she uncovered what happened to him during his childhood in the dark days of Berlin and the Holocaust. The documentary film, “Berlin Calling” follows Kastle on a journey of discovery through five cities – Berlin, Prague, Paris, Los Angeles and Houston. This amazing true account of one family in the big shadow of history’s most harrowing times reveals the emotional impact that is handed down through generations. Kastle is the daughter of Holocaust Survivor Ben Waserman of Houston. Waserman was a young teenager in war-torn Berlin. After his father was murdered by the Nazis, and with no papers, he went into hiding before being captured by the Nazis in 1943 and sent to Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in Czechoslovakia. After years of fearing for his life and living in the squalor of the disease-infested ghetto, he was liberated by the Russians and went to America to start anew. He will introduce the film and take questions afterward. The documentary recently won a Golden REMI award at Worldfest Houston. Tickets are $5 for HMH members, seniors and students and $8 for nonmembers, and seating is limited. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx. For more information, e-mail events@hmh.org.
 
 
 
“D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944"
June 5, 2014 1:50 PM - 1:50 PM
Location Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Dr., Houston, TX 77030
 
On June 6, 1944, the largest Allied operation of World War II began in Normandy, France. Yet, few know in detail exactly why and how, from the end of 1943 through August 1944, this region became the most important location in the world. Blending multiple cinematographic techniques, including animation, computer-generated imagery and stunning live action images, "D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944" brings this monumental event to the world's largest screens for the first time ever. Audiences of all ages, including new generations, will discover from a new perspective in breathtaking IMAX® 3D how this landing changed the world. Exploring history, military strategy, science, technology and human values, this 45-minute film will educate and appeal to all. Narrated by Tom Brokaw, "D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944" pays tribute to those who gave their lives for our freedom. A duty of memory, a duty of gratitude. Holocaust Museum Houston members can receive a special $8 ticket price (regularly $11) by downloading the coupon at http://www.hmns.org/coupon/d-day.php. This film airs through Nov. 11, 2014.
 
 
 
Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award Dinner
May 29, 2014 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar, Houston, TX 77010
 
Join us for Holocaust Museum Houston’s biggest event of the year, the presentation of the 2014 Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will receive the award posthumously, with his son Martin Luther King III accepting on his behalf. Human rights activist and survivor Gerda Weissmann Klein will also be honored during the Museum’s annual dinner. To reserve your ticket or table, please visit
https://www.hmh.org/hmhdinner or call 713-527-1612.

 Press Release
 
 
 
Memorial Day
May 26, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location Morgan Family Center
 
The Museum will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Memorial Day.
 
 
 
Blue Star Museums
May 26, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location Morgan Family Center
 
Holocaust Museum Houston will offer free admission Memorial Day, May 26, through Labor Day, Sept. 1, 2014, for all active-duty military personnel and their families in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts Blue Star Museums program. Last summer, more than 700,000 military personnel and their families were treated to an outstanding experience at museums across the country. For more information, www.arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums.
 
 
 
The Warren Fellowship for Future Teachers 
May 19, 2014 8:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multipurpose Learning Center
 
The Warren Fellowship for Future Teachers is a week-long program that introduces university students preparing for a career in teaching to the history and to the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides. The Warren Fellowship, supported by The Warren Fellowship Fund, is developing a corps of educators who want to learn how to effectively teach about genocide and the Holocaust.The fellowship takes place at Holocaust Museum Houston in Houston, Texas each spring. Twenty-five pre-service teacher educators and graduate students will be selected by a faculty and Museum panel and will be designated as Warren Fellows Once accepted to this prestigious fellowship, participants attend a six–day, expense-paid institute designed to immerse the Fellows in historical and pedagogical issues related to the Holocaust.Eminent Holocaust and genocide scholars provide historical and academic content and university and Fellowship faculty and Museum staff provide pedagogical context. This prestigious program is by application only. For more information, e-mail teachertraining@hmh.org.
 
 
 
“His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg,” Louise Borden 
May 19, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
“His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg” is an amazing and inspirational World War II story about how one man saved the lives of many. Raoul Wallenberg was a Swedish humanitarian who worked in Budapest during World War II to rescue Jews from the Holocaust. He did this by issuing protective passports and housing Jews in buildings established as Swedish territory, saving tens of thousands of lives. Louise Borden researched Wallenberg’s life for many years, visiting with his family and the site of his childhood home, and learned his story from beginning to end. Borden is a children’s author who has had numerous books published. Tickets are $5 for HMH members, seniors and students and $8 for nonmembers, and seating is limited. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx. For more information, e-mail events@hmh.org.

 
 
 
In a Community, “All Behaviors Count:” Implementing the ABC Program in Community Settings
May 12, 2014 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
Do you need to be able to discuss bullying and social cruelty with young people in your programs? You can help people understand more about how to respond positively when confronted with meanness in this half-day workshop focusing on the Museum’s anti-bullying curriculum, “All Behaviors Count.” In this program, community leaders and others will learn how to implement this free modular program that examines the five forms of social cruelty: taunting, rumoring, exclusion, ganging up and bullying. This program examines the roles each of the five forms of social cruelty plays in both school life and in culture. Broadening the scope to include other behaviors beyond bullying is significantly different than approaching bullying as a singular behavior. In addition to teaching about these negative behaviors, this program also focuses on teaching how to respond to social cruelty in positive ways. These social resiliency skills – both intra-and inter-personal – mean that participants in the program will be prepared to address issues of social cruelty directly. In this session, participants will learn how to use examples from media and popular culture to widen the experiences they see and discuss. This program is appropriate for community program leaders who work with young people in grades K-12. The fee for this program is $20 per person, which includes workshop materials but not lunch. Registration is limited to 40 people, and must be received by April 28, 2014. To register online, visit

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

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"Sweet Dreams"
May 11, 2014 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Location Brown Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77005
 
Rwanda’s first and only all women’s drumming troupe is called Ingoma Nshya. Made up of women from both sides of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the troupe offers a place of support, healing and reconciliation. When the group decides to partner with two young American entrepreneurs, Jennie Dundas and Alexis Miesen of Brooklyn’s Blue Marble Ice Cream, to open Rwanda’s first-ever ice cream shop, these remarkable Rwandan women embark on a journey of independence, peace and possibility. The 84-minute film "Sweet Dreams" interweaves intimate, heart-wrenching stories with joyous and powerful music to present a moving portrait of a country in transition. Tickets are $7 for HMH members, and advance registration is requested. To RSVP online, visit www.mfah.org.
 
 
 
"Sweet Dreams"
May 10, 2014 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Location Brown Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77005
 
Rwanda’s first and only all women’s drumming troupe is called Ingoma Nshya. Made up of women from both sides of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the troupe offers a place of support, healing and reconciliation. When the group decides to partner with two young American entrepreneurs, Jennie Dundas and Alexis Miesen of Brooklyn’s Blue Marble Ice Cream, to open Rwanda’s first-ever ice cream shop, these remarkable Rwandan women embark on a journey of independence, peace and possibility. The 84-minute film "Sweet Dreams" interweaves intimate, heart-wrenching stories with joyous and powerful music to present a moving portrait of a country in transition. Tickets are $7 for HMH members, and advance registration is requested. To RSVP online, visit www.mfah.org.
 
 
 
"Curious George Arts and Crafts Story Time"
May 10, 2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location Laurie and Milton Resource Center and Library
 
Bring the kids to come and relax on colorful bean bags in our library for "Story Time" while readers from the Houston Center for Literacy and Houston Public Library read from books about the cartoon character "Curious George." "Story Time" admission is free, but advance registration is required. Visit www.hmh.org/registerevent.aspx to RSVP online. Please note: children must be accompanied by an adult. This activity is presented in conjunction with the Museum's newest exhibit "The Wartime Escape: Margret and H.A. Rey’s Journey from France," which runs through June 15, 2014.
 
 
 
"A Portrait of a Survivor"
May 7, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Please join Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation for an evening with Holocaust Survivor Helen Colin and photographer and University of Texas professor Dennis Darling. A reception, generously sponsored by US Capital Advisors, will begin at 6 p.m. with remarks at 6:30 p.m. Colin will share her moving story of survival from the Lodz Ghetto and the death camps of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. She gave testimony in front of the mass graves after the liberation of Bergen-Belsen and inspires others every day to use their voices to speak out. Colin has a challenge for the next generation to build a community of respect. Darling is a professor at University of Texas in Austin and works worldwide as a freelance photographer. His exhibition, "Portraits of Holocaust Survivors," tells the story of individuals who survived in Terezin, also known as Theresienstadt. Located in what is now the northern Czech Republic, this camp was a unique place that served as a transit camp for western Jews en route to other camps like Auschwitz but was also the temporary "home" to some of the most notable artists and cultural leaders from Germany, Austria and Eastern Europe. Darling's work has been featured in a wide range of publications, including Fortune, Texas Monthly, American Photo, Popular Photography, American Way, Rolling Stone, Discovery Magazine and Modern Photography. As an outreach program of Holocaust Museum Houston, Next Generation is dedicated to promoting inclusion among individuals through preserving the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides and cultivating awareness of these lessons in contemporary society. Membership is open at all individuals age 21 to 39. To RSVP online, please visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx. For questions about Next Generation please call 713-942-8000, ext. 400 or email us at nextgeneration@hmh.org.
 
 
 
"From Killing Fields to the White House," with Ambassador Sichan Siv
May 1, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
While the United States battled Vietnamese Communists in the 1960s and 1970s, in neighboring Cambodia, dictator Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge declared war on their own people, enslaving and slaughtering anybody who disagreed with them. Sichan Siv knew he would soon be a target — ending up, perhaps, as one of the millions of anonymous human skeletons buried in his nation's killing fields so he heeded his mother's pleas and ran. Captured and forced to perform slave labor, Siv feared that he would be worked to death or killed. It was only a matter of time. But he never abandoned hope or his improbable dream of freedom — a dream that liberated him, astonishingly, from his brutal captors and ultimately led him to the United States, where he later became a senior White House aide. Ambassador Siv is the author of “Golden Bones” which chronicles his experiences. He will discuss his work in this public lecture and sign books afterward. Tickets are $5 for HMH members and $8 for nonmembers, and seating is limited. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx. Students and seniors may pay $5 at the door. For more information, e-mail events@hmh.org.
 
 
 
Better Now Houston Forum
April 29, 2014 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Holocaust Museum Houston presents the Better Now Houston Forum, a town hall-style meeting that will include a panel of experts in the fields of education, government, social services, religion and psychology offering facts and compelling stories relating to the current state of affairs for youth and families within the community. The forum is presented in conjunction with “it gets better,” a moving performance and 5-day residency featuring the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles and presented by the Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) in partnership with Legacy Community Health and Bayou City Performing Arts. “it gets better” utilizes the power of song and story to transform painful histories of bullying, harassment and discrimination into a celebration of courage and a campaign for social justice in Houston. The forum is free; but seating is limited and reservations are required. To RSVP, contact Mary Lee Webeck at 713-942-8000, ext. 123, or-mail mwebeck@hmh.org.  

 
 
 
Citywide Yom HaShoah Commemoration
April 27, 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location Congregation Beth Yeshurun, 4525 Beechnut, 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. Admission is free.
 
 
 
The Museum Experience
April 26, 2014 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location The Museum Experience
 
Get to know the new Houston Museum District Day by joining the Museum Experience. Featured museums in Zone 2 set for Saturday, April 26, are Holocaust Museum Houston, Asia Society Texas Center, The Weather Museum, Houston Museum of African American Culture, Czech Center Museum Houston, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Lawndale Art Center and the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum.For more information, visit

 http://www.houstonmuseumdistrict.org.

 
 
 
"Curious George Arts and Crafts Playtime"
April 12, 2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
Bring the kids to play with 'Curious George' for Arts and Crafts Playtime, a unique Saturday program that gives children the opportunity to learn about the creators of "Curious George" while crafting a fun project to take home. This activity is recommended for children age three to 10. Tickets are $5 per child to participate in the activity. Visit www.hmh.org/registerevent.aspx to RSVP online. Please note: children must be accompanied by an adult. This activity is presented in conjunction with the Museum's newest exhibit "The Wartime Escape: Margret and H.A. Rey’s Journey from France," which runs through June 15, 2014.
 
 
 
“Genocide Studies 101”
April 11, 2014 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
How did “Never Again” turn into “Ever Again”? As part of Genocide Awareness Month activities, Holocaust Museum Houston will provide this one-day workshop examining the development of the controversial definition of genocide and providing backgrounds to genocides that have occurred since the Holocaust, including Rwanda and Darfur. Rwandan genocide survivor Yannick Tona wil lmake a private presentation on his story and the need for youth engagement. In his talk, “A Survivor’s Journey to Inspire,” Tona will share the story of his family’s struggle to survive the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, the lessons he learned from seeing prejudice at its most extreme and his subsequent determination to make the world a better place. Time will also be spent considering the concept of “responsibility to protect” and the roles of the various levels of the U.S. government that are involved in genocide prevention. Using primary source materials and film segments, participants will be prepared to make pedagogical choices as they implement studies related to genocide. 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 may also wish to consider attending. This workshop has been approved by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented for five hours in creativity and instructional strategies. The fee for this program is $20 per person, which includes workshop materials but not lunch. Registration is limited to 40 people, and must be received by April 4, 2014. To register online, visit https://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.
 
 
 
“A Survivor’s Journey to Inspire,” with Yannick Tona 
April 10, 2014 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
In his young life, Yannick Tona has witnessed and endured more than most can imagine. In his talk,  “A Survivor’s Journey to inspire,” Tona will share the story of his family’s struggle to survive the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, the lessons he learned from seeing prejudice at its most extreme and his subsequent determination to make the world a better place. His passion and belief in the possibility for change makes him an extraordinary individual and an inspired young activist. Fearing for their safety, Tona and his mother fled the violence by foot. Only four years old at the time, he was forced into the bush and walked for three weeks without food.  Tona and his mother survived, a feat he believes can only be described as a miracle, but sadly many members of their family were lost. At only 20, Tona was one of the founding members of the Aegis Students/Aegis Trust’s grassroots movement in Rwanda, engaging young Rwandans to learn about the genocide and work to ensure it never happens again. He has organized international conferences on youth mobilization, worked on issues of genocide prevention and human rights. Tickets are $5 for HMH members and $8 for nonmembers, and seating is limited. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx. Students and seniors may pay $5 at the door. For more information, e-mail events@hmh.org.
 
 
 
Opening Reception: “The Rescuers: Picturing Moral Courage”
March 27, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Mincberg Gallery
 
Since its opening in 1996, Holocaust Museum Houston has asked visitors to consider the roles taken by people during the Holocaust and other genocides with the goal of eliminating apathy as a response to hatred and prejudice. Holocaust Museum Houston’s newest exhibition will explore these important choices when “The Rescuers: Picturing Moral Courage,” opens March 28, 2014. In this exhibition, viewers will encounter images and stories of people who engaged in rescue activities during the Holocaust and genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia and Rwanda. “The Rescuers: Picturing Moral Courage” is based on the work of Leora Kahn, who researched and interviewed rescuers from the Holocaust and other genocides. Each person’s image and testimony that visitors encounter in this exceptional photographic exhibition reflect “ordinary” citizens, who, by choosing to rescue the “other,” became heroes in a time when their country was committing acts of genocide. They came from different countries and different times, and for many, this is the first time they have told their stories - some risking their lives again in the telling. More than 30 images, accompanied by text from interviews, will tell the stories of farmers, taxi drivers, nuns, mothers and fathers who risked everything to save neighbors, friends and strangers. Kahn is founder and executive director of PROOF: Media for Social Justice. She works on global projects, partnering with organizations such as Amnesty International and the United Nations. Holocaust Museum Houston members are invited to a preview reception Thursday, March 27, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free, but advance registration is requested for the reception. Visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online. Nonmembers who wish to join and attend may call 713-527-1640.
 
 
 
"The Real Inglorious Bastards"
March 21, 2014 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, 5601 S. Braeswood, Houston, TX 77096-3907
 
"The truth is way stranger than fiction," muses one interviewee in this unbelievable true account that Quentin Tarantino's mega-hit was based upon. As teenagers, Hans Winberg and Fred Meyer fled Nazi Germany. Both loved their adoptive country, spoke German and hated the Nazis. Both enlisted in the U.S. Army, becoming part of an elite unit engaged in undercover missions in Austria. But to be successful, they need an accomplice who knows the area, finding one in Franz Weber, a former Nazi officer, conscientious deserter and prisoner of war. These courageous men recount their unbelievable adventure whose finale beats any Hollywood movie hands down. Holocaust Museum Houston is proud to be a community partner in the 10th Annual Houston Jewish Film Festival. For tickets or more information, visit www.erjcchouston.org/filmfest.
 
 
 
"Wagner's Jews"
March 20, 2014 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, 5601 S. Braeswood, Houston, TX 77096-3907
 
Opera composer Richard Wagner was notorious for his anti-Semitic writings. What is little known, however, is that many of his close personal relationships were with Jews, including a rabbi’s son who conducted the premier of Parsifal, a pianist who lived with the Wagner family, and the teenaged piano prodigy Carl Tausig. This documentary explores the complex relationship between Wagner and the Jews, and whether it is possible to draw distinctions between the art and the artist. Musicians appearing in the film include the Zubin Mehta, Director of the Israeli Philharmonic, and Leon Botstein, Conductor Laureate of the Jerusalem Symphony. Holocaust Museum Houston is proud to be a community partner in the 10th Annual Houston Jewish Film Festival. For tickets or more information, visit www.erjcchouston.org/filmfest.
 
 
 
Bank of Texas Film and Lecture Series: “Jewish Resistance to the Nazis,” with Dr. Patrick Henry 
March 20, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Dr. Patrick Henry’s book “Jewish Resistance to the Nazis” not only puts to rest definitively the myth of the Jews going passively to the slaughter like sheep, but also explains why different types of resistance occurred in some places but not in others. Resistance will be conceived of as armed resistance, rescue and all attempts by Jewish people to fight the dehumanizing project of the Nazis. Henry will discuss his work in this public lecture presented as part of the Bank of Texas Film and Lecture Series. Henry is the Cushing Eells Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Literature, Whitman College. He has published books on Voltaire, Camus, Montaigne and the novel “La Princesse de Clèves.” More recently, he published “We Only Know Men: The Rescue of Jews in France during the Holocaust,” which has been translated and published in French as “La Montagne des Justes.” Tickets are $5 for HMH members and $8 for nonmembers, and seating is limited. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx. Students and seniors may pay $5 at the door. For more information, e-mail events@hmh.org.
 
 
 
"Aftermath"
March 19, 2014 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, 5601 S. Braeswood, Houston, TX 77096-3907
 
Based on true events from a dark age in Poland's history, "Aftermath" is considered one of the most controversial and important films ever made in Poland. Now, a year after its initial release, this film from award-winning director Wladyslaw Paskiowski is still causing shockwaves and soul-searching throughout Poland. The provocative thriller is set in motion when Franek returns to his native village in Poland after living in the U.S. There he discovers that his brother Jozek, is hated by his fellow Catholic villagers. The danger escalates through broken windows, anonymous threats and police harassment. When Jozek is attacked and beaten senseless for wresting old Jewish tombstones being used to pave the village roads, he finally reveals the reasons for the hostility. What Franek discovers next is an ominous and terrifying secret that has claimed countless lives and scarred his village for almost half a century. Holocaust Museum Houston is proud to be a community partner in the 10th Annual Houston Jewish Film Festival. For tickets or more information, visit www.erjcchouston.org/filmfest.
 
 
 
"Rewriting History"
March 18, 2014 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, 5601 S. Braeswood | Houston, TX, 77096-3907
 
Ninety-five percent of Lithuania's Jews were murdered during the Holocaust. Yet, the ultra-nationalist Lithuanian government is determined to rewrite history, investigating those who fought with the partisans and accusing