A Somber Memory

A Somber Memory

Museum of Jewish Heritage (David Paler)

It isn't a well-known museum in NYC, but it should be. In this city of world-class cultural institutions, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, was founded on the belief that everyone, both Jews and non-Jews, can be educated about Jewish history before, during and after the Holocaust. The museum, located near One World Observatory and the September 11 National Museum & Memorial, regularly offers films, concerts, plays and a variety of other programming. Its collection of over 25,000 artifacts includes Nazi propaganda; a blanket from the first Hebrew-language summer camp in the U.S. (1941); photographs of Jewish immigrants from the 1920s, plus much more.

From April 19-30, in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day (which on the Hebrew calendar this year is Monday, April 24, marking the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising), the museum will be presenting a special series of programs and events. Included in the programming will be a series of testimonials from a Holocaust survivor; a lecture called "Teenagers During the Holocaust;” and an Israeli film, “Past Life,” about two Israeli sisters who learn about their father’s former life in Poland during World War ll. During this period, the museum is offering free admission and extended hours, along with a final look at their current exhibition, “My Name is … The Lost Children of Kloster Indersdorf,” a convent near Dachau that became a temporary home for hundreds of displaced children directly after World War ll.

» Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl., 646.437.4202, mjhnyc.org

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