Musical Journeys: Shtetl, Ghetto, Israel

The Holocaust Living History Workshop presents:

Musical Journeys: Shtetl, Ghetto, Israel

Our last fall event features San Diego singer and educator Elisheva Edelson. Edelson learned her first Yiddish songs from her father, a Holocaust survivor. Later on, she studied at “Der Yiddisher Shule” in Mexico where she became involved in Holocaust memorialization. Besides teaching and performing songs in Yiddish, Ladino, and Hebrew, Edelson will provide some background information on the significance of music to the modern Jewish experience. Local Holocaust survivors are invited to attend the event and to share memories of their life before the war.

Check out songs performed by Elisheva Edelson!

When: Tuesday Nov. 22, 2011, 5-7 pm

Where: UCSD Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Who: Free and Open to the Public – Refreshments Provided!

For more information contact the Program Coordinator Susanne Hillman at hlhw@ucsd.edu or 858-534-7661.

Memories of Kristallnacht and Beyond: Five Years Forced Labor

The Holocaust Living Workshop presents:

Memories of Kristallnacht and Beyond: Five Years Forced Labor

When the Nazis unleashed the pogrom that came to be known as Kristallnacht (Crystal Night), Gerhard Maschkowski was barely fourteen years old.  The son of a WW I veteran blinded in combat, Gerhard grew up in West Prussian Elbing where he experienced prejudice and persecution firsthand. In the wake of Kristallnacht, he spent several stints in the forced labor camps of Jessenmühle and Neuendorf. From here he was deported to Auschwitz-Monowitz where he worked variously in a cement and an electricians’ detachment. After barely surviving a grueling death march, he ended up in a hospital in Breslau, which the Russians liberated in early May 1945. In commemoration of the horrifying event that started it all (Nov. 9, 1938), Maschkowski will share the impact these events have had on his life.

Professor Richard Biernacki offers some introductory remarks from the perspective of the sociologist.

When: Wednesday Nov. 9, 2011, 5-7 pm

Where: UCSD Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Who: Free and Open to the Public – Refreshments Provided!

For more information contact the Program Coordinator Susanne Hillman at hlhw@ucsd.edu or 858-534-7661.

Under the Shadow of the Holocaust

The Holocaust Living Workshop presents:

Under the Shadow of the Holocaust: a Hungarian Woman in Auschwitz

Agathe Ehrenfried grew up in Rakosliget, Hungary. She was twenty-one years old when, in 1944, the Germans occupied her country and soon after began rounding up the Jews. Over the course of the next twelve months Ehrenfried passed through several concentration camps including Auschwitz-Birkenau and Plaszow (Krakow), an experience that will forever be etched in her mind. Today, Ehrenfried speaks about her traumatic past at schools and stresses the need to keep “the flame of memory” alive.  Agathe Ehrenfried will be introduced by Phyllis Epstein, a local philanthropist and community leader who is actively involved in the Shoah Foundation Institute.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 5 -7 pm
Seuss Room, Geisel Library Building, UC San Diego

Free and open to the public.
Refreshments provided!

For more information contact the Program Coordinator, Susanne Hillman at hlhw@ucsd.edu or 858-534-7661.

The Spirit Never Dies

The Holocaust Living Workshop presents:

Dr. Edith Eger:  The Spirit Never Dies

Edith Eger

Edith Eger

Dr. Edith Eger was born in Kosice, Czechoslovakia. As a girl Edith loved to dance. Her training  came in handy when, at sixteen, she was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Asked to perform in front of the infamous camp physician Dr. Mengele, Edith closed her eyes and imagined that she was Juliet in Tchaikovsky’s fantasy overture Romeo and Juliet.  After the war, she moved to the United States and became a clinical psychologist with her own practice in La Jolla. A popular motivational speaker, Dr. Eger has talked to many audiences including the prime minister of New Zealand and Oprah Winfrey. She will be introduced by Armin Owzar, a visiting history professor from Germany, who opens the talk with some reflections on the broader historical context of her ordeal.<

Wednesday, June 1, 2011, 5 -7 pm
Seuss Room, Geisel Library Building, UC San Diego

Free and open to the public.
Refreshments provided!

For more information contact the Program Coordinator, Susanne Hillman at hlhw@ucsd.edu or 858-534-7661.

From Tajikistan to the Moon

The Holocaust Living Workshop presents:

Robert Frimtzis: From Tajikistan to the Moon

Originally from Beltz in Bessarabia (today’s Moldova), Robert Frimtzis was ten years old when Germany invaded the Soviet Union. To escape persectution, the family fled eastward to remote Tajikistan. After the war he ended up in a Displaced Persons camp in Cremona, Italy. Barely 19, Robert immigrated to the United States, where he earned a Master’s Degree in engineering and was part of NASA’s Apollo program. His memoirs, From Tajikistan to the Moon (available at the UCSD Libraries), were published in 2008.  He will be introduced by Professor Amelia Glaser, Acting Director of the Soviet and Russian Studies Program. Her introduction will provide some essential historical background to Robert’s unusual experience.

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011, 5 -7 pm
Seuss Room, Geisel Library Building, UC San Diego

Free and open to the public.
Refreshments provided!

For more information contact the Program Coordinator, Susanne Hillman at hlhw@ucsd.edu or 858-534-7661.

Conversations of Reflection: We Remember

Hanna Marx and Gerhard Maschowsky will share the stories of their experiences in the Holocaust. At this presentation, members of the campus community and the public will have the opportunity to meet the survivors and hear their stories, as well as learn about other survivors’ testimony from the USC Shoah Foundation Institute Visual History Archive, which includes the personal stories of more than 50,000 survivors of the Holocaust.

Mrs. Marx was born in Hamm, Germany and survived the Riga Ghetto and Stutthof and Riga-Kaiserwald concentration camps. Mr. Maschowsky was born in Elbing, Germany and survived Mühldorf, Nuendorf, Auschwitz, Auschwitz III-Monowitz, Uberwüstegiersdorf, and Gelsenkirchen concentration camps.

Jackie Gmach will then present a 20-minute video, “Behind the Scenes of the Making of DAVKA”, a traveling exhibit of photographs, videos, and professionally recorded oral histories that illuminate the lives and personal trajectories of San Diegans (and their families) who survived the Holocaust. Mrs Gmach, who recently retired as Program Director and Library Director at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, created the DAVKA exhibit in 2006.

After her talk, the group will walk across the Social Science & Humanities Library lobby to view the DAVKA exhibit, which will is returning to Geisel from May 10-May 24. This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, May 12th, Geisel Library, Seuss Room, 5 – 7 pm

For more information see the flyer or contact Marina Triner (lib-mtriner@ad.ucsd.edu), Program Coordinator, Holocaust Living History Workshop.

USC Shoah Foundation Institute Visual History Archive

Discovering History: Holocaust Survivors in San Diego

On four special evenings you can meet local Holocaust survivors, hear their personal stories, and ask them your questions. These events will be held on Wednesdays, 5pm to 7pm, in Geisel Library’s Seuss Room.

Mr. Lou Dunst, October 14th

Mr. Benjamin Midler, October 28th

Mr. Max Schindler, November 4th

Ms Gussie Zaks, November 18th

Later this year, archaeologist Richard Freund will be giving a special lecture on his work recovering traces of the Nazi Death Camp Sobibor.

For more information on the Holocaust Living History Workshop survivor presentations or instruction sessions on how to use the Visual History Archive, please contact Marina Triner, 858-534-7661, lib-mtriner@ad.ucsd.edu or the Judaic Studies Office, 858-534-4551.

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Update: Holocaust Survivor Presentation Series

Holocaust Living History Workshop

Meet local Holocaust survivors, hear their personal
stories, explore other survivors’ testimony on the USC Shoah
Foundation’s Visual History Archive, at the Holocaust Survivor Presentation Series.

Dates: UPDATE: Please note that Dr. Edith Eger’s presentation will be postponed until Wednesday, May 27
Location: Geisel Library, Electronic Classroom, Room 274
Time: 5pm

For more information, visit us at libraries.ucsd.edu/services/hlhw
Or, contact program coordinator Teresa Kuruc, by email tkuruc@ucsd.edu or phone 858-534-7661.

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