Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Maltz Museum
Sponsored by the Friends of the Maltz Museum
Each year, the Friends of the Maltz Museum honor the memory of 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust and celebrate the courage of those who lived to tell harrowing stories of survival. Join us for films, lectures, and personal accounts of heroism on this important day. Registration for the individual programs is required; seating is limited. To register call 216.593.0575.
1PM FILM SCREENING OF LOST TOWN
Lost Town tells the story of one man’s obsessive search to get closer to his deceased father by uncovering the story of his family’s town of Trochenbrod, the only all-Jewish town to ever exist outside of Palestine. Trochenbrod’s 5000 Jews were obliterated by the Nazis, except for 33 townspeople who escaped the massacre there. This personal search triggers a resurgence of interest in the town and reconnects the few remaining survivors who hadn’t seen each other in over 60 years.
Jewish Clevelander and Holocaust survivor Betty Gold, of blessed memory, was one of those 33 people. She was an active volunteer with the Maltz Museum; we remember her on this day and through this film. Join us!
3PM LECTURE ON THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE WITH ARA BAGDASARIAN
The Armenian Genocide was the Ottoman government’s systematic extermination of 1.5 million Armenians, mostly citizens within the Ottoman Empire and its successor state, the Republic of Turkey, during and after World War I. While Turkey denies that genocide is an accurate term for these crimes, 29 countries have officially recognized the mass killings as genocide, in addition to most genocide scholars and historians.
Join Ara Bagdasarian of the Armenian Cultural Group in discussion of the second-most-studied case of genocide after the Holocaust. “I have a strong desire for the people of Jewish faith to understand the direct connection between the Armenian genocide and the Holocaust,” he said.
4PM SURVIVOR TALK WITH ROMAN FRAYMAN
On Holocaust Memorial Day, the New York Times released an article entitled “The Holocaust is Fading from Memory.” The story reported that
Thirty-one percent of Americans, and 41 percent of millennials, believe that two million or fewer Jews were killed in the Holocaust; the actual number is around six million. Forty-one percent of Americans, and 66 percent of millennials, cannot say what Auschwitz was. Only 39 percent of Americans know that Hitler was democratically elected.
Meanwhile the Anti-defamation League (ADL) reported that anti-Semitic incidents were up 60% from 2016 to 2017. With memory fading and hate rising, now is the time to honor personal and powerful memories of survival.
Join us to hear local Jewish Clevelander Roman Frayman share his story.