• “But When We Started Singing…”

    But When We Started Singing…

    Conceived and performed by Bob Spiotto

    Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Primo Levi

    Sunday, June 9, 2019 | 2:00 pm

    This one-man performance is inspired by the life and poetry of Holocaust survivor and world-renowned author/poet and Italian/Jew, Primo Levi, 1919-1987 who is known for his works such as, If This Is A Man, The Periodic Table, The Reawakening, and The Drowned and the Saved.

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

    Learn more about Bob Spiotto and his upcoming performance using the links below:

    Press Release: But When We Started Singing…

    Learn About Our Actor!

    Learn about Holocaust Survivor Primo Levi in BBC’s article:

    http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190305-primo-levi-a-clear-eyed-view-of-evil-pain-and-humanity

     

     HMTC,
    100 Crescent Beach Road
    Glen Cove, NY11542
  • “While There’s Life…”

    The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County presents

    While There’s Life…

    A poetry reading and book signing by author Ruth Minsky Sender

    Sunday, May 19, 2019

    3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

    The poems in While There’s Life… were written during her incarceration as prisoner #55082 in the Nazi slave labor camp in Mittelsteine, Germany.

    Ruth endeavored to depict scenes from her and other prisoner’s lives to give them courage and the will to continue living.  As her mother, Nacha Minska used to say:

    “While there’s life, there’s hope.”

    $10 suggested donation

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

    Read the Press Release to learn more:

    Press Release: “While There’s Life…”

    Book review of Ms. Minsky Sender’s work by HMTC’s Marcia Posner:

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

     100 Crescent Beach Road

    Glen Cove, NY 11542

  • Press Release: “While There’s Life…”

    The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County Presents

    While There’s Life…

    Poetry Reading and Book Signing by Ruth Minsky Sender

    Sunday, May 19, 2019, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

     

    Ruth Minsky Sender

    Glen Cove, NY… The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County (HMTC) presents While There’s Life…  A poetry reading and book signing of by Holocaust survivor and author/poet Ruth Minsky Sender at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County.  Sunday, May 19, 2019, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    The poems in her newest collection, While There’s Life…: Poems from the Mittelsteine Labor Camp (1944-1945), were written during Mrs. Minsky Sender’s incarceration as prisoner #55082 in the Nazi slave labor camp in Mittelsteine Germany.  She endeavored to depict scenes from her and other prisoners’ lives to give them courage and the will to continue living.

    Ruth Minsky Sender was born Rifkele Riva Minska to a Jewish family in Łodź, Poland.  After the war she and her family emigrated to the United States, settling on Long Island.  Mrs. Minsky Sender was a teacher of Jewish culture and history, specializing in the Holocaust.  She has written four other books about her Holocaust experiences including The Cage (1986).

    $10 Suggested donation to attend.  Light refreshments will be served. Seats are limited; reservations are recommended.  RSVP to (516) 571-8040 or info@hmtcli.org

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  • Press Release: But When We Started Singing…

     The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County Presents But When We Started Singing… A One-Man Performance Inspired By Primo Levi Conceived and Performed by Bob SpiottoSunday, June 9, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

    Bob Spiotto as Primo Levi

    Glen Cove, NY… The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County (HMTC) presents, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Primo Levi, But When We Started Singing…  The performance will take place on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 2:00 p.m at Welwyn Preserve, 100 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove, NY 11542.  This one-man performance, conceived and performed by Bob Spiotto, is inspired by the life and poetry of Holocaust survivor and world renowned author and poet and Italian-Jew, Primo Levi (1919-1987).

    Robert “Bob” Spiotto is a creative/artistic/management professional who has worked in arts and entertainment for more than 30 years. He holds a B.F.A. in Theater Performance from Hofstra University and a M.F.A. in Directing from The Catholic University of America.  Mr. Spiotto is currently the Director of Programs/Special Events at New York’s famous Friar’s Club.  Previously, he served as the first Executive/Artistic Director of the historic Suffolk Theater (theater/restaurant/bar), prior to which he worked at Hofstra University (1990-2012) as Executive Producer/Artistic Director for Hofstra Entertainment; Artistic Director of Community Arts Programs for the Hofstra Cultural Center (music, theater, cultural, original programming), and Director/Producer of Special Events (festivals, conferences, public programs).  He served on the faculty of Hofstra’s School of Continuing Education, taught classes for Hofstra’s Summer Camps, and was an adjunct professor in their School of Communication as well as Hofstra’s New College. Mr. Spiotto has received awards from Hofstra University for his distinguished service and teaching accomplishments.

    In addition to his many accomplishments, he has directed hundreds of theater productions at various regional and professional theaters, schools and universities, as well as for various organizations and companies.  He has also created and appeared in numerous one-man shown exploring the lives of P.T Barnum, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Primo Levi Michaelangelo, Sholom Aleichem, and others.  A trio of his critically acclaimed one-man musical tributes include That’s Amore:  A Tribute to Mr. Hollywood Musical – Harry Warren, Shades of Grey: A Musical Tribute to Joel Grey, and Courting the Jester: A Salute to Danny Kaye, which was re-worked and presented at Lincoln Center.

    Primo Levi was born in Turin, Italy in 1919, to a family of assimilated and fairly non-religious Jews with Spanish roots.  In 1943, he joined a band of partisans devoted to fighting Germans and Italian facists.  Levi spent 10 months at the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz and was liberated in 1945.  In 1977 he retired from his position as manager of a chemical factory in Turin, devoting himself exclusively to writing until the time of his controversial death on April 11, 1987 in the apartment building where he was born and eventually took up residence.  Levi is known for his novels and poetry collections such as If This Is a Man, The Periodic Table, If Not Now, When,  and The Drowned and the Saved.

    $10 suggested donation to attend.  Light refreshments will be served. Seats are limited; reservations are recommended.  RSVP to (516) 571-8040 or info@hmtcli.org

  • “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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • Yom Hashoah Program: “Descent into Darkness”

    The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County 

    presents

    Descent into Darkness 

    featuring
    Irene Hizme and René Slotkin

    Twins who Survived Dr. Joseph Mengele’s “Experiments”

    Sunday, April 23, 2017

    Yom Hashoah Commemoration Program

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

    Descent into Darkness is an extremely rare opportunity to hear direct testimony from twins who miraculously survived horrific “research studies” by Dr. Josef Mengele, Asuchwitz’s infamous “Angel of Death.”

    Irene and René were born in Czechoslovakia. Their father was murdered in Auschwitz-Birkenau in December 1941. The twins and their mother were sent first to Theresienstadt, and in 1943, they were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. After four months together the twins were taken by Mengele for “experimentation” and their mother was murdered that night. They were six years old. Irene said, “To talk about it is a decent into darkness.” Irene and René were separated at liberation and reunited in the United States in 1950. Both Irene and René live on Long Island. They may be the last living Twin Survivors of Mengele.

    $10 suggested donation to attend. Seats are limited; RSVP in advance is strongly recommended. To RSVP, contact Deborah Lom at (516) 571-8040 x107 or dlom@hmtcli.org.

    Photo: Irene and René with their mother, 1942. 

  • After the Silence

    After the Silence

    Reception, Book Reading and Discussion

    Sunday, April 2, 2017, at 2 p.m. 

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

     

    You are invited to a reception celebrating the publication of After the Silence, an anthology edited by Lillian Gewirtzman and Karla Nieraad. Lillian and the American contributors to the anthology, who are second and third generation descendants of Jews and Germans, will read excerpts and lead a discussion highlighting the themes in After the Silence. Struggling with questions, having grown up in families that often remained silent – on both sides – these children and grandchildren, Jews and Germans, both from New York and Ulm, have come together in this book.

    The program will include a discussion of the development of the book as well as a question and answer session after the readings. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and to be signed. Light refreshments will be served.

    There is a suggested donation of $10 to attend. To RSVP contact Deborah Lom at (516) 571-8040 or dlom@hmtcli.org.

     

  • “Descent into Darkness”


    Irene Hizme and René Slotkin with their mother in 1942.

    HMTC presents a Yom Hashoah Holocaust Commemoration program, Descent into Darkness, featuring testimony from Twin Survivors of Dr. Josef Mengele, Irene Hizme and René Slotkin, on Sunday, April 23, 2017, at 2 p.m. The program will take place at HMTC, Welwyn Preserve, 100 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove, NY. This is an extremely rare opportunity to hear direct testimony from twins who miraculously survived horrific “research studies” by Mengele, Auschwitz’s infamous “Angel of Death.”

    Irene and René were born in Czechoslovakia. Their father was murdered in Auschwitz-Berkenau in December 1941. The twins and their mother were sent first to Tehresienstadt, and in 1943, they were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. After four months together the twins were taken by Mengele for “experimentation” and their mother was murdered that night. They were six years old. Irene said, “To talk about it is a descent into darkness.” Irene and René were separated at liberation and reunited in the United States in 1950. Both Irene and René live on Long Island. They may be the last living Twin Survivors of Mengele.

    There is a $10 suggested donation to attend. Seats are limited; RSVP in advance is strongly recommended. To RSVP contact Deborah Lom at (516) 571-8040 or dlom@hmtcli.org.