“If we do not talk about it, if we do not remember, then the world will never know. And that has made me speak about it.”

—Henry Meyer, Holocaust Survivor

Besa Film Screening

Mayerson JCC in partnership with The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, present two screenings of the film Besa: The Promise. This is the remarkable story of the Muslim men and women of Albania who saved the lives of nearly 2,000 Jews during World War II is told through the prism of two men. One is an Albanian Muslim who must fufill his “besa” — an honor code; the other is an American Jew who documents his quest. The film is a powerful look at an historic example of basic human solidarity. Proceeding each screening, participate in a talk-back with Sarah Weiss, Executive Director of The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education. Screening 1: Tuesday, February 18th  7:30pm at the Kenwood Theater, 7815 Kenwood Road, Cincinnnati Screening 2: Wednesday, February 26th  1:00pm at the Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati To purchase tickets to this event or any of the other films being shown during the Jewish & Israeli Film Festival, click here.   The Jewish & Israeli Film Festival runs from February 8th – 27th. Films will be shown in four theater venues over a three week period. Cincinnati’s Jewish & Israeli Film Festival presents the diversity of Jewish culture and Israeli life to challenge, explore and celebrate our similarities and differences with other people, religions and countries.The Festival features the best of Israel’s thriving film industry from contemporary dramas to documentaries from established and emerging filmmakers as well as a selection of Jewish interest films produced outside...
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Robbed of Our Name

Saturday, January 25, 2014 7:30pm Temple Sholom 3100 Longmeadow Lane, Cincinnati, OH   Join The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, Temple Sholom and Elementz: A Place for Hip Hop and Respect, to commemorate the United Nations’ International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Elementz artists of Cincinnati’s Studio Kre8v will debut a concert of original hip-hop dance which interpret the lessons of the Holocaust. Dessert reception will immediately follow the performance. This event is open to the community and free-of-charge. Click here to see a sneak peak of the...
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Rwanda Commemoration

The Power of Presence: Commemorating the Rwandan Genocide 20 Years Later AN EVENING WITH CARL WILKENS Thursday, February 27th, 6:00 pm The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center 50 E. Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202 Join The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center for An Evening with Carl Wilkens. Carl will discuss his experience as an eyewitness to the Rwandan genocide and his dedication to making these atrocities an event of the past. As a humanitarian aid worker, Carl Wilkens moved his family to Rwanda in 1990. When the genocide began in April 1994, Carl refused to leave, even when urged to do so by friends, his church and the US government. Carl was one of the few Americans to remain in the country. Venturing out each day into streets filled with mortars and gunfire, he worked his way through roadblocks of angry soldiers and armed civilians to bring food, water and medicine to groups of orphans trapped around the city. “Stories are our most powerful weapons…they have the potential to end a fight with two winners.” RSVP to The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education at (513) 487-3055 or kmorris@holocaustandhumanity.org. Educators: To learn more about how you can bring Carl Wilkens’ story and the history of the Rwandan genocide into your classroom, join us for an educator workshop that same evening at the National Underground Freedom Center beginning at 4:30pm. Click here for more information or contact Alexis Storch at 513-487-3055 or...
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Educator Workshop

Teaching about T4: The Nazis’ Persecution of People with Disabilities Presenter: Dr. Danny M. Cohen, Northwestern University       Tuesday, December 10, 2013 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm   The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education 8401 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236  Dinner will be served and Contact Hours are available!! Join us at The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education to commemorate Human Rights Day and to hear from Dr. Danny Cohen, a learning scientist at Northwestern University, specializing in the design of Holocaust education.  This workshop will examine the history of Nazi persecution of people with disabilities during the Holocaust and how educators can weave these stories into their units on the Holocaust. Dr. Cohen is the author of a forthcoming young adult novel “TRAIN” and project director of “The TRAIN Curriculum”; which addresses the interdependency of Jewish and non-Jewish Holocaust victimhoods. His article “Teaching about T4: The Nazis’ Persecution of People with Disabilities” was published in the journal, The Holocaust in History and Memory. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Alexis Storch astorch@holocaustandhumanity.org or call (513) 487-3055....
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Crystal Night-Maria Lugossy

Unique opportunity to view award-winning art right here in Cincinnati!  Maria Lugossy’s Crystal Night   Mayerson Hall Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion 3101 Clifton Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45220 Now through January 31, 2014! Crystal Night will be complemented by two other Lugossy works, on loan from private collections.   On Sunday, November 10, 2013 The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education unveiled Maria Lugossy’s exquisite award-winning glass sculpture, Crystal Night, recently acquired by CHHE. November 10th not only marked the 75th anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogrom, but also this sculpture’s North American debut. Currently being showcased with two other Maria Lugossy pieces on loan from private collections, the exhibit will be on display November 11, 2013 – January 31, 2014 in the lobby of Mayerson Hall on the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. In addition to its significance as a piece of art, there was an urgency to get this piece out of Hungary because of rising antisemetism there. Within the last year, the Jewish community in Hungary has seen an enormous rise in hateful acts. This piece meanwhile, sat in a box hidden from the world. Now it can be seen and utilized as an educational tool for all ages right here in Cincinnati! It truly is miraculous that it made it across the world to us. This premiere marks a new path for CHHE and we hope to reach new audiences through art while incorporating Holocaust education. We are 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. View a video of Maria Lugossy’s unique creative...
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Hornstein Lecture

Sunday, December 8, 2013 10:00am – 11:00am     Isaac M. Wise Temple 8329 Ridge Road Cincinnati, OH 45236   Commemorating their 70th Anniversary year, Dr. Jud Newborn – acclaimed international lecturer, curator and pioneer in the creation of modern Holocaust museums – presents Speaking Truth to Power: Dr. Jud Newborn Recounts the White Rose Resistance Movement. This dramatic, multimedia program is based on his bestselling book, Sophie Scholl and the White Rose, which tells the full story treated in the Academy Award-nominated German film, “Sophie Scholl: The Last Days.” Using music, historical photographs and suspenseful storytelling, Dr. Newborn recounts how Sophie Scholl and her brother Hans – former fanatical Hitler Youth leaders, the latter arrested for a teen same-sex relationship – transformed uniquely to become the greatest heroes of the German anti-Nazi resistance.  “We will not be silent,” their wartime leaflets declared.  “We are your bad conscience.  The White Rose will not leave you in peace!”  On February 18, 1943, they mounted a gallery high above the University of Munich’s vast atrium and scattered hundreds of leaflets down upon the heads of astonished students.  It was the only public protest against Nazis ever to be staged. But Dr. Newborn’s program does not remain in the past. Relating the White Rose story to today’s most compelling current events, he then presents an array of “White Rosers” today – inspiring heroes of all backgrounds, abroad and at home – who risk themselves for freedom and our shared humanity. This program is presented as the Annual Lusia & Stephen Hornstein Program in Remembrance of the Holocaust and the Human Spirit at Isaac M. Wise Temple. Please RSVP to Kate Morris kmorris@holocaustandhumanity.org or by calling...
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