World War II Survivors Doing Laudable Service

June 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

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Irving Roth

As new members of the Association of Holocaust Organizations yesterday, we were extremely pleased to receive the flyer below about an upcoming event in New Haven, Connecticut. Please note, also below, are additional details we requested from Anat Weiner at the Jewish Community Center about the “Adopt a Survivor” program.

It is a tremendous privilege and honor to recognize IRVING ROTH, a Holocaust survivor and Director of the Holocaust Resource Center, for the outstanding work he has done for Holocaust education. To learn more about the shocking and painful facts of his background, his resilience and triumphs, CLICK HERE. CLICK HERE for a list of issues covered in the work of the Holocaust Resource Center.

“MOTHER-DAUGHTER ART EXHIBIT & FILM SHOW”

“A Survivor Remembers and Imagines

showcases the artwork of 97-year-old Auschwitz survivor and Hamden resident Dora Reym. In seventy-four images the exhibit tells a compelling story encompassing scenes of pre-war Jewish life in Poland, portraits of family members who perished in the Holocaust, and vibrant oils and watercolors of life reclaimed and re-imagined. The exhibit is on view through July 1st at the JCC.

On June 6 at 7 pm there will be a screening of

Diamonds in the Snow,”

made by the artist’s daughter, Mira Reym Binford, Professor Emerita and current Adjunct at Quinnipiac University. The critically-acclaimed, award-winning documentary, which has been shown on PBS, in Europe, China, and Mexico, is about three Polish-Jewish children saved from the Nazis and the Polish-Christian strangers who risked their own lives to rescue them. One of the three is the filmmaker, who will introduce the film and answer questions after the screening.

Mother and daughter both participated in the Adopt-a-Survivor program in 2012.

Reception June 6, 2012 from 5-7pm.

Film Show at 7pm.

Exhibit remains on view through July 1, 2012.

Location: JCC Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Rd., Woodbridge CT.

Contact: Anat Weiner anatw@jccnh.org

Additional information from Anat Weiner:

The “Adopt a Survivor” program pairs Holocaust survivors with students for an extended number of sessions where the student and survivor form an integral unit and absorb the totality of the survivor’s experience before, during, and after the Holocaust.

The program was originally founded by Irving Roth, a Holocaust survivor and the Director of the Holocaust Resource Center in Manhasset, New York in 1998 as a vehicle to capture and preserve the survivors’ experience for our collective memory. This is the 5th year for the program in the Greater New Haven area.

The “Adopt a Survivor” program pairs Holocaust survivors with students for an extended number of sessions where the student and survivor form an integral unit and absorb the totality of the survivor’s experience before, during, and after the Holocaust.

The program was originally founded by Irving Roth, a Holocaust survivor and the Director of the Holocaust Resource Center in Manhasset, New York in 1998 as a vehicle to capture and preserve the survivors’ experience for our collective memory. This is the 5th year for the program in the Greater New Haven area.

Through the program, students interact with survivors individually through a socialization and interview process. During these meetings, the students learn of the survivors’ childhood, war time experience, and liberation. The students also begin to comprehend the survivors’ attitudes and feelings towards these events and ultimately gain an understanding of precisely what the survivor experienced. Seeing and hearing an eyewitness to the Shoah makes the history come alive. The events of the holocaust are no longer abstractions for the students; rather they are the very real experiences of a very real human being. Through this personal journey the students become one with the survivors, absorbing their lives, spirits and souls. At the end of their journey the students are able to represent the survivors and tell their stories with accuracy and feeling to any audience for at least another 50 years. In a way, the lives of the survivors have become immortalized.

The following topics are covered in the joint journey:

• The history of the country where the survivor was born and lived
• The relationship between Jews and non-Jews in the 19th and 20th century up to W.W.II
• Life style of Jews in general and survivor’s family in particular
• Detailed knowledge of parents and grandparents, with specific anecdotes
• Religious, social, economic and educational life of Jews and non-Jews in community
• Details of life of survivor from earliest recollection to point of transition (1930s)

• Transition to 1945 (oppression, ghetto, hiding, concentration camps, partisan etc.)
• Liberation, return to home, DP camp, waiting to immigrate
• Life in the new land – housing, job, education, marriage, children
• Philosophy of life – relationship to others, prayer, religious observance, reconciliation

In addition to a storyboard describing the survivor’s life experiences, each student creates an art project. The students’ artistic expressions through graphic art, poetry and prose, dance or music represent their interpretations of the survivors’ experience. The creative process flows from the empathy and compassion the students nurtured from the special relationship they developed with their survivors. The exhibit of storyboards and art travels in local universities, synagogues, libraries etc.

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Harriet and Bill

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