Wednesday, March 4, 12:00 Noon
Lisa Byrd, "Survival in the Forest: Isidore Karten and the Partisans"
Lisa Byrd, a teacher at Mortimer Jordan High School, introduces "Survival in the Forest: Isidore Karten and the Partisans," a film by the Jewish Partisan Education Foundation. The documentary follows two teenage brothers as they trace the footsteps of their grandfather, a Jewish Partisan who saved over 400 Jews during World War II. In 2013, the boys returned to the forests of modern-day Ukraine and the rural villages now void of any Jewish population. Told from a unique teen perspective, the film captures this journey of self-discovery as the brothers accept the responsibility for preventing genocide from happening again. Lisa will lead a brief discussion after the film.
Wednesday, March 11, 12:00 Noon
Esther Gerson Levy, "Tobi Kamornik Gerson: My Mother's Story"
Esther Gerson Levy shares the story of her mother, Tobi Komornik Gerson, who was born in Poland in 1925. After the Germans invaded Poland, 14-year-old Tobi became part of the German labor force - working in the Lodz Ghetto, Auschwitz, and at a munitions factory. She was evacuated from the Ravensbruck Concentration Camp and brought to Sweden by the Swedish Red Cross.
Wednesday, March 18, 12:00 Noon
Ruth Scheuer Siegler, "A Survivor's Story of Survival and Triumph"
Not a day goes by that Ruth Siegler does not remember things from her past. She often wonders why it was she who survived. She will never forget, but believes one has to forgive and look for the good in what life has to offer. Ruth Siegler tells her story of survival in hopes that future generations will learn from her and other survivor's experiences. Afterwards, Ruth will be available to sign copies of her book, "My Father's Blessing." Books can be purchased at the event for $15, cash or check accepted.
Wednesday, March 25, 12:00 Noon
Michael Sznajderman & Melina Goldfarb, "Jack Bass: A Comfortable Life Soon Changed"
Jack Bass was born in Bernkastel, Germany. After the death of his father in 1932, he and his mother moved to Cologne, seeking anonymity in a larger city. The noose tightened and Jack was ultimately deported to Auschwitz, where he found himself working in the "fields of human hair." When he was liberated by American troops on May 8, 1945, he weighed a mere 60 pounds. Bass family friend, Melina Goldfarb, talks of Jack's life both during the Holocaust and his later years in Birmingham. Her discussion will follow a PowerPoint slide show created and presented by Michael Sznajderman.