• “While There’s Life…” a Book Review by Marcia Posner

    WHILE THERE’S LIFE…

     by Ruth Minsky Sender

    After writing three books, all memoirs : “The Cage,”  “To Life,” (which you may borrow from our library) and “The Holocaust Lady,” Ruth Minsky Sender Sender has recently published a book of poems, mainly written after 1950.  They are poems of the deepest emotions and yes, perhaps trust too. “Each poem is a delicate work of art.” wrote one reviewer. Most have been translated from the Yiddish and a few from the  Polish, during her  incarceration in the Mittelsteine Slave Labor Camp (1944-1945).  She wrote them in a little notebook given to her as a gift by the Nazi Commandant as a reward for entertaining the guards at Christmas, which all 400 Jewish slave labor girls were forced to do. Ruth would also read her poems each Sunday to the 50 other women sharing the room with her.

    Discussing the writing of poetry, has your heart ever been so heavy that you,too, wrote poetry to sustain yourself ? Ruth Minsky Sender was blessed to have a mother who managed to maintain hope, saying: “Where there is life is hope;” even in the camp, until she died. Perhaps that is why Ruth was able to pour out her feelings in poetry written secretly during her stay at the slave labor camp. They were not only poems of despair, but also of infinite wisdom and hope.  As one reviewer wrote: “While There’s Life . . .” is a volume that should be read and re-read by people of all faiths.  It is a portrait not just of survival, but of how one woman transformed her pain in humanity’s darkest hour into art. . . into life.”

    How fortunate are we, to be free, to be able to share, words so rare.  Hoorah, Ruth Minsky Sender. Welcome to HMTC.

    Mrs. Minsky Sender will be at HMTC on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 3:00 pm for a poetry reading and book signing.  Please RSVP to info@hmtcli.org or (516)571-8040. $10 suggested donation; light refreshments will be served.

  • “Dirty Jewess”

    “Dirty Jewess: Testimony by a Child of Auschwitz Survivors and Her Escape from Soviet Occupation and Antisemitism” by Silvia Fishbaum

    Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 1:00 pm at HMTC

    A Unique Memoir about Jewish Life under Communism in Postwar Czechoslovakia

    Silvia Fishbaum, the child of Holocaust Survivors, will share her story about growing up in an Orthodox Jewish family during the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia.  She will describe the oppression and antisemitism that her family faced, and her bold decision to escape from Communist tyranny.  After the program, she will sign copies of her unique memoir, Dirty Jewess: A Woman’s Courageous Journey to Religious and Political Freedom.

    $10 suggested donation.  Please RSVP to (516) 571-8040 or info@hmtcli.org

  • Unknown Heroes: Chinese Rescuers During the Holocaust

    Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center
    of Nassau County

    presents

    Unknown Heroes:
    Chinese Rescuers During the Holocaust

    with keynote speaker
    Manli Ho,
    Daughter of Dr. Feng Shan H0

    Sunday, April 29, 2018, at 2 p.m.

    Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center
    Welwyn Preserve, 100 Crescent Beach Road
    Glen Cove, NY

    Chinese nationals who engaged in rescue activities include a diplomat, university president and Chinese immigrants residing in Russia. We will bring to light the histories of the heroes and the Jews they rescued.

    There will be a special exhibition in conjunction with this program, “The Wings of The Phoenix: Dr. Feng Shan Ho and the Rescue of the Austrian Jews.”

    $10 suggested donation. Seating is limited, RSVP in advance is recommended. To RSVP contact Axel Sarmiento at (516) 571-8040 or axelsarmiento@hmtcli.org.

    Co-sponsored by the Chinese American Independent Practice Association (CAIPA).

  • The Shoah Through Muslim Eyes

    The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center
    of Nassau County

    presents

    a special Yom Hashoah/
    Holocaust Memorial Day Program

    The Shoah Through Muslim Eyes

    with guest speaker

    Mehnaz Afridi, PhD
    Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and
    Interfaith Education Center

    Manhattan College

    Sunday, April 15, 2018, at 2 p.m.

    Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center
    Welwyn Preserve, 100 Crescent Beach Road
    Glen Cove, NY

    Dr. Afridi, a Muslim member of the USHMM Ethics and Religion Committee, will address Arab-Muslim views of the Holocaust and how they intersect with denial, antisemitism and anti-Zionism.

    “What remains even more painful for me as a Muslim is the denial of the Shoah among Muslims and Muslim nations.” – Dr. Mehnaz Afridi

    $10 suggested donation. Seating is limited, RSVP in advance is recommended. To RSVP contact Axel Sarmiento at (516) 571-8040 or axelsarmiento@hmtcli.org.

  • They Fought Back: 75th Memorial of the Warsaw Ghetto Revolt

    They Fought Back:
    75th Memorial of the Warsaw Ghetto Revolt

    Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at 11 a.m.

    Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center
    Welwyn Preserve, 100 Crescent Beach Road
    Glen Cove, NY

    In April 1943, a small group of young starving Jewish fighters launched an attack against the German Army. Hear testimonies of their armed battles and spiritual mission.

    “Thousands of Germans surrounded us with machine guns and cannons as if they were at the Russian front. We were 20 young men and women with pistols and only two rifles. – Zivia Lubetkin, a leader of the revolt.

    $10 suggested donation. Seating is limited, RSVP in advance is recommended. To RSVP contact Axel Sarmiento at (516) 571-8040 or axelsarmiento@hmtcli.org.

  • Secrets of North Korea: Torture, Slave Camps, Genocide and Silence

    Secrets of North Korea:
    Torture, Slave Camps, Genocide and Silence


    “Torture” by Shin Dong-Hyuk
    Shin was tortured in a secret prison camp after his mother and brother tried to escape.

    Sunday, March 18, 2018, at 2 p.m.

    Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center
    Welwyn Preserve, 100 Crescent Beach Road
    Glen Cove, NY

    With special guest speaker, Hyobin “Heather” Choi, a South Korean student studying at SUNY-Nassau Community College. Ms Choi has been conducting research on the atrocities taking place in North Korea and has interviewed North Korean defectors who have found sanctuary in the United States.

    Genocide Watch, has described North Korea as a “serial killer state.” Since the establishment of North Korea in 1948, genocide and politicide have been committed against civilians based on their ethnicity, religion and political ideologies. The daily terrorism and persecution continues today. Former concentration camp employees have attested to the Nazi-like conditions in the prisons, which include pseudo-medical experimentation, mass murder by gas, sexualized tortures and lifetime enslavement for children born in the camps.

    $10 suggested donation to attend. Seating is limited, RSVP in advance is recommended. To RSVP contact Axel Sarmiento at (516) 571-8040 or axelsarmiento@hmtcli.org.

    Co-sponsored by the Korea Culture & Heritage Society of New York.

  • Atrocities in Myanmar: Rohingya are Being Raped and Murdered as You Read This

    Atrocities in Myanmar: Rohingya are Being Raped and Murdered as You Read This

    Sunday, March 4, 2018, at 2 p.m.

    Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center
    100 Crescent Beach Road
    Glen Cove, NY

     

    While the Myanmar government commits genocide against its citizens, it denies the atrocities to the world. Global silence and inaction allow the massacres and rapes to continue. HMTC will be hosting an international panel of activists, scholars and human rights attorneys to clarify what is really happening to the Rohingya people and what Americans can do to help.

    Speakers include:

    • Regina Paulose, JD, LLM, International Criminal Law and Human Rights Attorney, A Contrario
    • Nurul Islam, LLM, Chair, Arakan Rohingya National Organization (ARNO)
    • Adem Carroll, United Nationals Program Director, Burma Task Force
    • John Packer, LLM, Professor and Director, Human Rights Centre, University of Ottawa
    • Malik Mujahid, Chair, Burma Task Force USA

    $10 suggested donation to attend. Seats are limited; reservations are recommended.

    RSVP to (516) 571-8040 or axelsarmiento@hmtcli.org.

  • The Unrelenting Genocide of the Yazidi and Our Call for Upstanders

    “If Nobody Does Anything, We Will All Die”

    The Unrelenting Genocide of the Yazidi and
    Our Call for Upstanders

    a special program featuring
    a documentary film screening of 

    HÁWAR: My Journey to Genocide

    Followed by a discussion with the producer,
    German-Yazidi Activist, Düzen Tekkal

    Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at 1 p.m. 

    HMTC
    Welwyn Preserve, 100 Crescent Beach Road
    Glen Cove, NY 11542

    The 20-minute documentary film is about the ongoing genocide of the Yazidi by the Islamic State. Producer Düzen Tekkal is a TV journalist who grew up in Hanover as the third of eleven children. Since completing her studies in Political Science and German, Ms. Tekkal has been working as a journalist for RTL and ZDF. In 2010, she was awarded the Bavarian Television prize for her report “Angst vor den neuen Nachbarn” (Fear of the New Neighbors). In 2013, she received the BNK Media prize and this year, the Berlin Ramer Institute honored her with the Ramer Award for Courage in the Defense of Democracy.

    There is a requested donation of $10.

  • Lessons from the Holocaust: The Path to Justice and Equity in Higher Education

    First Annual Path to Justice Conference

    Lessons from the Holocaust:
    The Path to Justice and Equity in Higher Education

    co-sponsored by 
    Nassau Community College
    and the 
    Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County

    Tuesday, May 16, 2017
    8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. 

    CCB 252/3
    Nassau Community College
    One Education Drive, Garden City, NY

    The objective of the conference is to share knowledge in the fields of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Human Rights Studies, Multicultural/Diversity Studies and the role of social justice advocacy in higher education, while building collegiality, community and understanding across these disciplines.

    Some of the topics that will be covered include Survivor testimony; ethics and choices; physical and spiritual resistance; and America’s roles and responsibilities.

    Registration is required. RSVP by May 1. Lunch and certificates will be provided. For more information or to RSVP contact Joyce Stern at Joyce.Stern@ncc.edu.

     

  • A Summer Conference in Salzburg

    A SUMMER CONFERENCE IN SALZBURG

    By Linda Burghardt, HMTC’s Scholar-in-Residence

    Sometimes attending a conference can make you see the world in a different light; other times it can reinforce and deepen what you already know and believe.  The three-day meeting I took part in in Salzburg last month did both for me.

    Entitled “Children and War: Past and Present,” the international conference brought speakers from across the globe to this small but scenic city, a city nestled in the part of Austria right near the German border.

    Linda Blog CastleA view of the Festung Hohensalzburg, literally the High Salzburg Fortress, sits atop a hill that overlooks the baroque towers of the city.

    Although the Holocaust was just one of several areas of concentration at the conference, its presence was felt throughout the entire event.  Just half an hour away is Berchtesgaden, Hitler’s summer estate.  And half an hour beyond that is Munich, where Dachau, which was opened in 1933, became the first concentration camp established by the Nazis.  Of the 150,000 people living in Salzburg, only 100 are Jews.

    The conference focused on the particular effects of armed conflict on children, and sessions grappled with the results of wars in the past and those taking place today.  Two keynote speakers bookmarked the panels, one from the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the other from the U.N. Office of the Secretary General.  Both presented similar themes: the words “children” and “soldiers” should never have to appear in the same sentence.

    Linda Blog Conference PosterOver 160 speakers from all over the globe gave presentations at the international multi-disciplinary “Children and War: Past and Present” conference in July.

    Over 160 papers were presented by speakers from all over continental Europe, the U.S., the U.K., Canada and Israel, and as far away as Australia, South Africa and Uganda.  The multi-disciplinary topics, many of them controversial, covered a host of ideas, locations and conflicts.  Among them were talks on today’s refugee crisis and various migration schemes, children born of war, justice after genocide, Israel/Palestine perspectives, Ireland and Northern Island conflicts and modern-day humanitarian assistance.

    A great number of presenters spoke about the Holocaust – the Kindertransports, forced labor, the impact of first-person testimonies, the literature written to describe the events, the range of ghettos and camps.  I gave a talk on new research that shows that Holocaust trauma can be inherited through genetic transmission by the children of survivors.  It argues against traditional Mendelian biology, a very controversial stance, and thus was the seed of much lively disputation among audience members.

    Linda Blog PresentationLinda Burghardt spoke about the genetic transmission of Holocaust trauma to attendees at the conference in July.

    In addition to giving my paper, I was particularly happy to tell the hundreds of professionals who attended the conference about the work of the HMTC and how it impacts not only the Holocaust survivor community on Long Island and beyond but all who value memory and promote tolerance.  I know that relationships begun at conferences often blossom into professional networks, and it is my hope that the many attendees who were intrigued with the work of the Center will come and visit us and see for themselves how valuable our work is in today’s tremulous world.

    Linda F.  Burghardt, Ph.D., is the Scholar-in-Residence at the HMTC.  She can be reached at lindaburghardt@holocaust-nassau.org.