CLEVELAND, OHIO - “The reason we talk about it is so it never happens again,” says local Holocaust survivor Erika Gold.
On Sunday, May 7 from 11am – 5pm, Friends of the Maltz Museum honors World War II liberators, Holocaust survivors and their descendants who share their memories with a Holocaust Education & Remembrance Day.
“Our guests bear witness and encourage us all to speak out against injustices,” says the volunteer group’s president Victor Goodman. “Their messages are important and their bravery inspires us all.”
The one-day volunteer-driven commemoration at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood is open to the public. Hear Ziona Austrian describe how her father and aunt were saved by Oskar Schindler. Learn how Jewish partisan Motele Schlein dared to stand up to the Nazis when he was only a boy, with a performance by Ehren Collins, winner of the 2017 National History Day Region 3 Special Prize in Jewish History, and Janie Reinart, educator, author and thespian accompanied on the violin by Harry Rogers, a seventh grader at Gilmour Academy.
“An important piece of the day’s programming is a screening of Lost Town at 1pm,” says Goodman. The 7th Art Releasing documentary tells the story of the small town of Trochenbrod, Poland (now Ukraine) that was obliterated by the Nazis. “We share this documentary every year in memory of the late Betty Gold, a Trochenbrod survivor and beloved Maltz Museum volunteer who made amazing contributions to our community.”
On Holocaust Education & Remembrance Day, Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage admission is just $5 per person and includes guided tours of the exhibition This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement at 1, 2 and 3pm. “As a museum of diversity and tolerance, depictions of everyday people who stood up for justice fits perfectly with our efforts to encourage individuals to understand and accept their roles in ending intolerance, " asserts Museum education director Jeffery Allen. “The Holocaust showed us that apathy and silence are not options.”
WHO: Open to the public
WHAT: Friends of the Maltz Museum’s Holocaust Education & Remembrance Day
WHEN: Sunday, May 7, 2017
· $5 discounted Museum admission, 11am – 5pm
· Screening of Lost Town, 1pm
· Ziona Austrian shares the survival story of her father & aunt who were saved by Oskar Schindler (made famous by the film Schindler’s List), 3 – 3:45pm
· Ehren Collins, student at Birchwood School of Hawken, performs with Janie Reinart, author of a children’s book about Motele Schlein, 4:15 – 5pm
· Guided tours of the Museum’s special exhibition, This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement, 1, 2 & 3pm
Space for the panels and film is limited. Reservations are recommended. For more information, call 216.593.0575 or visit maltzmuseum.org.