“Tolerance is what keeps humanity together, I believe.”

—Anne Willem Meijer, Member of the Dutch Resistance

Brundibar and Emperor of Atlantis

In partnership with The Cincinnati Chamber Opera, performances will include two operas composed or performed at the ghetto Theresienstadt during World War II. Depicting thinly-veiled allegories of struggle against evil emperors and tyrants, these works reminded children and adults alike that good can always triumph over evil. Brundibár, the children’s opera by Hans Krása, was originally performed at an orphanage in Prague; one-by-one, the cast and crew were sent to the ghetto where they reunited, performing the piece over 55 times. The music gave the children a make-believe world where the powerless win over the powerful. Emperor of Atlantis, composed by Viktor Ullmann while imprisoned at Theresienstadt, is a dark, allegorical story with a message of peace. Though intended to be performed at Theresienstadt, the opera was banned by the Nazi regime. There will be three opportunities to see these powerful performances: Thursday, October 23rd 7:30 pm at the Mayerson JCC Saturday, October 25th 7:30 pm at Jarson-Kaplan Theater Sunday, October 26th 2:00pm at Jarson-Kaplan Theater Sunday performance will feature a Q&A with the cast of the operas. To purchase tickets visit the Cincinnati Chamber Opera website:...
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Hitler Youth: Ideal and Reality

Tuesday, September 23, 2014     4:30 pm – 7:30 pm  The Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education   8401 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236 Dinner will be served and contact hours available. Join The Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education for our first educator workshop of the 2014-2015 school year! Dr. William Meinecke, historian with the United States Holocaust  Memorial Museum, will examine the Nazi Regime’s use of antisemitic and racist propaganda during the Holocaust and particularly, how it was used to target youth. Participants will have the opportunity to explore primary source materials from the USHMM archive. To RSVP, please contact Alexis Storch at 513-487-3055 or by emailing astorch@holocaustandhumanity.org.  ...
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Annual Meeting

Join us as we salute outgoing board members and welcome new board members. Learn about our accomplishments and get a glimpse at exciting plans for the 2014-2015 academic year. A special presentation by Dr. William Meinecke, Historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Tuesday, September 23, 2014 7:00 pm Dessert Reception & 7:30 Program   Boymel Chapel inside Rockwern Academy 8401 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236 Click Here to RSVP. Educators! Join us for a workshop before the meeting at 4:30 pm. For more information click...
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Crystal Night Sculpture at CHHE

On Sunday, November 10, 2013 The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education unveiled Maria Lugossy’s exquisite, award-winning glass sculpture, Crystal Night. November 10th not only marked the 75th anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogrom, but also this sculpture’s North American debut. You can see it on display at The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education through Thursday, August 14, M-F 10am – 4pm and Sundays 11am – 3pm. CHHE is grateful to the many individuals who enabled this artwork to be brought out of Hungary, so it’s artistic and educational value can be cherished and utilized for years to come.  Our initial visionaries include donors who wish to remain anonymous along with David and Nancy Wolf.  With the help of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, several community leaders also stepped forward to support these effort including Paul Heiman in honor of his friend, Werner Coppel, Bunny Meisel, Ted Schwartz, Gary and Loretta Rabiner, and Dick Weiland.   About the Artist: Maria Lugossy Considered Hungary’s leading glass artist, Maria Lugossy studied metal sculpture at the Hungarian Academy of Applied Arts where she received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from 1968 through 1975. During her life she had over 50 solo exhibitions and contributed to over 70 group shows. She won 17 awards, including the 1992 Grand Prize at the FIDEM International Congress and Exhibition of Medal Art, British Museum, London, U.K., and the 1992 Grand Prize at the Centre International d’ Art Contemporain, Chateau Beychevelle, France. Her works are exhibited in 25 art museums and collections in Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Lugossy’s art is unique in the fact that she highlights opposite and contrasting elements in her art. Some examples include violence vs. love, suffering vs. hope, remembering vs. forgetting and life vs. death. These are dualities that are captured in her multi-award winning works. Lugossy employed a unique process of laminating glass to create three-dimensional forms, then sandblasting areas to create a gnarled effect. Lugossy passed away August 15, 2012. She is survived by her husband, Hungarian artist Zoltan Bohus, and three children Aron, Esther and Reka...
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‘Rescue’ Education Guide & Film

Thanks to generous support from the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education is excited to announce its newest educational guide, Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust, to accompany the 30-minute classroom film version of the original one-hour series produced by 3Roads Communications. The educational guide, geared toward students in grades seven and above and aligned with Common Core State Standards, includes classroom-ready activities, informational texts and primary documents which can be used to supplement a unit on the history of the Holocaust and World War II. The educational guide and classroom version of the film can be purchased for $25 plus $5 for shipping. For more information on how to obtain a copy, please contact The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, 513-487-3055. ————————————————————- The film tells the previously untold story of how the five Frieder brothers and Cincinnati businessmen, together with Manuel Quezon, the charismatic first president of the Philippines, Paul McNutt, US High Commissioner and former governor of Indiana (preparing for his own presidential campaign), and an ambitious Army Colonel named Dwight Eisenhower, helped 1,300 Jews escape the Nazis and immigrate to the Philippines. Exciting news! Rescue in the Philippines will have a Presidential screening on August 7th in Manila, hosted by Philippine President Benigno Aquino. Rescue has been broadcast more than 1,800 times in the U.S., and was a 2014 qualifier for an Academy Award for Best...
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Calling for Recipes

From family dinners to special events and holidays, one bite food can take us back to another time and place. The food prepared by Holocaust survivors and their families represents decades of culture and tradition. The Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education (CHHE) hopes to keep this tradition alive for generations to come by collecting recipes of Holocaust survivors and their families. If you are a survivor or related to a survivor, contact The Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education at 513-487-3055 to share a recipe or for more information about this...
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