APRIL 2014 PROGRAMS

The Greatest Crime of the War: The Armenian Genocide During WWI

Showing March 29 - June 15, 2014

The mass murder of the Armenian people in Anatolia, now referred to by most historians and human rights organizations as "The Armenian Genocide," destroyed a civilization that had resided in Anatolia for thousands of years. The killing of 1-1.5 million Armenians ocurred mostly in 1915-1916 during World War I, but continued sporadically after the war until 1923.

 

The Greatest Crime of the War: The Armenian Genocide During World War I recounts the history of the genocide and the conditions which let to it. The exhibition also explores the legacy of the Armenian Genocide.

 

To Save A Single Life ...Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust

Showing April 1 - April 24, 2014 at USF St. Petersburg Poynter Memorial Library

Showing April 26 - June 30, 2014 at Florida Holocaust Museum

Whoever Saves a Single Life... Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust showcases some of those rare but exceedingly important instances where people fought to safeguard their Jewish fellow citizens during the Holocaust.  In a time of overwhelming death and destruction, rescuers did not stand by silently.  They chose another way, and their bravery offers us a glimmer of hope.

 

Fire in My Heart:  The Story of Hannah Senesh

Showing Through April 27, 2014

Among WWII's most important heroes is Hannah Senesh, who died by firing squad in 1944 at age 23.  This major exhibition tells how this Budapest-born poet, diarist and author of the hymn Eli, Eli discovered her love for the land of Israel, how she volunteered for a mission to rescue downed Allied fliers and Jews from Nazi-occupied Hungary and how she became an enduring symbol of courage and determination.

 

 

Weapons of the Spirit ...An Extraordinary Way to Fight with Nelly Trocme Hewett

St. Thomas Episcopal Church
March 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Led by Pastor Andre Trocme and his wife Magda, the inhabitants of the tiny French village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and the small villages on the surrounding plateau provided refuge for an estimated 5,000 people, the majority Jews fleeing from Germans and Vichy authorities from 1940 to 1944.

 

St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Parish Hall is located at 1200 Snell Isle Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg.

 

Encore Film Presentation:  Behind the Wall

USF Tampa, Marshall Student Center, Oval Theater
April 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Carolyn Ellis and Holocaust Jerry Rawicki will present their film, Behind the Wall.  This 45-minute documentary tells the story of Warsaw Ghetto survivor Jerry Rawicki's return visit to Poland in 2013, his first since the Holocaust.

 

"I Am Still Without News From You..." A Story of Rescue and Loss During the Holocaust with Peter Feigl

USF St. Petersburg, University Student Center Ballroom
April 9 at 6:30 p.m.

In 1943, 14 year old Peter Feigl was sent to Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, where Pastor Andre and Magda Trocme were sheltering Jews and other refugees.  He kept a diary for his parents, not realizing they had already been murdered at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

USF St. Petersburg University Student Center is located at 200 6th Ave. South, St. Petersburg.

 

 

From Slavery to Freedom Part 1 - The Coalition of Immokalee Workers - "Our Food/Our Table:  From the Ground Up"

Florida Holocaust Museum
April 12 at 7 p.m.

 

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) is an internationally recognized worker-based human rights organization. Its Anti-Slavery Campaign has uncovered and assisted in the prosecution of numerous farm slavery operations across the Southeastern United States, helping liberate over 1,200 workers held against their will.

 

"From Slavery To Freedom" Part 2 with Rabbi Jill Jacobs, Executive Director of T'ruah:  The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights 

at Temple Beth El, St. Petersburg 

May 21 at 7 p.m.

Presented in partnership by the Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series at Temple Beth-El.

 

 

Annual Yom HaShoah Commemoration with Stanlee Stahl, Executive Vice President of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous

 

Florida Holocaust Museum
April 27 at 2 p.m.

The JFR seeks to repay a debt of gratitude to those non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust and to preserve the legacy of the rescuers through its national Holocaust education program.

 

Held in partnership with the Pinellas County Board of Rabbis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pardoll Family Lecture Series:  The Rwandan Genocide 

20 Years Later with Clemantine Wamariya

Florida Holocaust Museum
April 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when genocide erupted in her native Rwanda and she lost many members of her family.  She and her 16 year old sister Claire were separated from their parents but managed to survive, living in numerous refugee camps in seven different African countries over the next six years before they arrived in Chicago.