• International Holocaust Remembrance Day

    International Holocaust Remembrance Day

    Sunday, January 26, 2019 | 1:00 PM

    At the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County

    In observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, HMTC will host a screening of “Jan Karski and the Lords of Humanity,” with commentary by the film’s award-winner director, Slavomir Grunberg.

    $10 suggested donation.  Light refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP to (516)571-8040 or info@hmtcli.org.

  • Witnessing Hate from Afar

    Sunday, November 10, 2019

    1:00 PM

    At the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County

    To mark the 81st anniversary of “Kristallnacht,” Thorin Tritter will give a talk about what information Americans learned about the pogroms of November 9 and 10, 1938 in Germany, and how quickly news of those events crossed the Atlantic. Drawing on newspaper of the time and autobiographical accounts, Dr. Tritter will explore the event as Americans saw it. He will also compare the news stories from 1938 with news stories that have covered contemporary hate speech and atrocities, asking the audience to think about what are the lessons that we should draw from the past when facing genocides and atrocities in distant places today.

    $10 suggested donation. Light refreshments will be served.   Please RSVP to info@hmtcli.org or (516)571-8040.

  • Zegota: The Council for Aid to Jews

    Zegota: The Council for Aid to Jews

    Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 1:00 PM

    HMTC will shed light on a secret organization that saved Jews in Poland during the Holocaust as part of a program, “Zegota: The Council for Aid to Jews.”  Consul General of the Republic of Poland, Maciej Golubiewski will be the keynote speaker.

    The program will serve as the launch of a special exhibition at HMTC about “Zegota.” The exhibition will be on display at HMTC through December 22, 2019.

    Light refreshments will be served. There is a suggested admission of $10 to attend. Seating is limited and reservations in advance are required. To register, call (516) 571-8040 or email info@hmtcli.org.

    In partnership with the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York and the Institute of National Remembrance in Warsaw.

  • David Taub Reel Upstanders Film Series Presents a Screening of “Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz

    Join HMTC for a film screening of the documentary Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz

    Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 1:00 PM

    Barry Avrich’s gripping new documentary tells the fascinating story of Ben Ferencz—the last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor and lifelong advocate of “law not war.” After witnessing Nazi concentration camps shortly after liberation, Ferencz became lead prosecutor in the Einsatzgruppen case at Nuremberg, which has been called the biggest murder trial in history. He was 27 years old and it was his first trial. All 22 Nazi officials tried for murdering over a million people were convicted. Ferencz went on to advocate for restitution for Jewish victims of the Holocaust and later for the establishment of the International Criminal Court. His fight for justice for victims of atrocity crimes continues today.

    We will be joined by John Q. Barrett, a Professor of Law at St. John’s University in New York City, where he teaches Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, and Legal History.  He also is the Elizabeth S. Lenna Fellow and a Board member at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, New York. He is the author of many articles and lectures on both the national and international scene about Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954) who was a U.S. Supreme Court Justice and Nuremberg chief prosecutor.

    $10 suggested donation; light refreshments will be served.  Pleas RSVP to (516)571-8040 or info@hmtcli.org

    The David Taub Reel Upstanders Film Series was established in honor of David Taub (1932-2010), a Holocaust Survivor and respected friend of the Center.

  • 15th Annual Smithsonian Museum Day

     The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County (HMTC) will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticketholders on Saturday, September 21, 2019 as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 15th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC based museums.

    The theme of this year’s Museum Day is the Smithsonian Year of Music, celebrating music as a reflection of human creativity and innovation as well as a key method of communication and cross-cultural exchange and understanding.  The Smithsonian Year of Music crosses disciplines, bringing together music-related resources in art, history, culture, science, and education.  At HMTC’s state-of-the-art museum, you can view one of the “instruments of survival,” an accordion donated by Holocaust Survivor Alex Rosner.  Rosner learned to play the accordion while imprisoned and attributes his musical talents to his survival.  Rosner and his father spent time at Oskar Schindler’s factory prior to their deportation to Auschwitz-Birkenau and are depicted in the 1993 film Schindler’s List.

    For more information contact HMTC at (516) 571-8040 or visit Smithsonian.com/MuseumDay.

  • Synopsis: “Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz”

    Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz

    Check out the Trailer!

    Armenia, the Holocaust, Uganda, Cambodia, Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan, Syria, Myanmar. The list of atrocities against humanity in our time is tragically long, and incomprehensible.

    Barry Avrich’s gripping documentary PROSECUTING EVIL: THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD OF BEN FERENCZ tells the fascinating story of one man’s lifelong quest for justice for victims of crimes against humanity – a concept Ferencz was instrumental in developing after The Nuremberg Trials post-World War II.

    A true visionary, a key architect of the international war crimes system and passionate advocate for peace, Ben Ferencz has lived a remarkable life. At 98 years old, the last living lead prosecutor at The Nuremberg Trials remains an active and unstoppable force for justice in an unjust world. He’s witnessed and influenced the most consequential chapters of the last 70 years – from liberating war camps and investigating Nazi war crimes, to acting, at 27 years old, as the Chief Prosecutor for the U.S. Army at the Einsatzgruppen Trials at Nuremberg and successfully advocating for the establishment of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Through it all he’s never wavered in his vision of a world that finds peace through the force of law, not the force of war.

    There’s nothing in Ben Ferencz’s earliest years to suggest the trajectory his life would take, and the history he would make. The son of Romanian immigrants fleeing anti-Semitism for New York City, Ferencz was born in 1920, and his small stature and poor English delayed his education. Nonetheless, he won a scholarship to Harvard Law School.

    Ferencz joined the U.S. Army serving in the 115th AAA Gun Battalion. In 1945, he was transferred to the headquarters of General Patton’s Third Army, and tasked with setting up a war crimes branch and collecting evidence. In this function, he was sent to the concentration camps as they were liberated by the U.S. Army. His assignment was to collect all the evidence of the crimes for future trials. The first camp he hit was Buchenwald. What he saw traumatized him for the rest of his life and fueled his desire to see a world in which those responsible for crimes against humanity are held to account. He gathered enough incriminating evidence to prosecute 22 Einsatzgruppen Nazis, responsible for murdering over a million people – a trial of which he was the lead prosecutor at the Nuremberg war crimes trials. Called the biggest murder trial in history, Ferencz was only 27 years old, and it was his first case.

    After the trials, Ferencz went on to advocate for restitution for Jewish victims of the Holocaust and later the establishment of the International Criminal Court. He also published several books on this subject. Already in his first book published in 1975, entitled Defining International Aggression-The Search for World Peace, he argued for the establishment of such an international court. In 2009, Ferencz was awarded the Erasmus Prize, the award is given to individuals or institutions that have made notable contributions to European culture, society, or social science. In April 2017, the municipality of The Hague announced that the city will honor Benjamin Ferencz by naming the footpath next to the Peace Palace after him as “one of the figureheads of international justice”.

    PROSECUTING EVIL includes a treasure trove of archival footage and photos that bring Ferencz’s world to life. The film was shot in Toronto, New York City, Nuremberg, The Hague, Delray Beach Florida, Chicago and Ottawa. It features interviews with top minds working in the fields of human and civil rights and international justice including Alan Dershowitz, Justice Rosalie Abella, General Wesley Clark (Ret.), David Scheffer, first U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues; Richard Dicker, Director, Human Rights Watch International Justice Program; Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court and Don Ferencz who has followed in his father’s footsteps as an attorney and international justice educator.

    Ferencz’s relentless vision, and his message in PROSECUTING EVIL is that there is little sense in denouncing aggression, terrorism, and other crimes against humanity unless these offenses became part of an accepted international criminal code enforced by an international court that delivers a structure for peace. Ferencz believes that if law trumps war, you could change the world. His mantra remains “Law not war”

  • One Clip at a Time: Summer Institute 2019

    Are you ready to change the world?

    Then we are ready to help!  If you are an educator  looking to experience something truly beautiful and educationally compelling…if you are looking to make a lasting difference in your life as an educator and in the live’s of your students, then you should  register now for our Free One Clip Summer Institute

    • This two-day session will be conducted by One Clip/Three Village Educators, Irene Berman and Kate Hunter and will be held at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County in Glen Cove, New York, Tuesday, July 16 and Wednesday, July 17, 2019.  (9:00 am to 3:00 pm)
    • The first day of the session will include training on the One Clip curriculum, a tour of the museum, and a video conference with the President of One Clip at a Time .
    • The second day will include action planning and implementation, and a survivor testimonial.
    • A conference fee of $400 will be waived for all participating educators
    • The conference includes lunch both days
    • Attendees will receive their own One Clip Kit, which includes a copy of the Paper Clips film, an informational CD, detailed lesson plans, student journals and primary source documents.
    • The Institute addresses the requirements of the Dignity Act directly as well as Common Core Standards.

    Register online today at http://www.oneclipatatime.org/one-clip-on-the-road/

    Learn all about One Clip at a Time:

    All About One Clip at a Time

  • “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

  • Lessons From the Holocaust: A New Generation Speaks Truth to Power