Upcoming Programs and Events

For more information about programs and events, contact Lawrence Willim at 248.553.2400 x124.


Holocaust Memorial Center Events

Community Events

January 27 / Multiple Times and Locations
Holocaust Commemoration
International Holocaust Remembrance Day

In commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day the Holocaust Memorial Center presents Watchers of the Sky. The Sundance Festival award-winning film examines the life and legacy of Polish-Jewish lawyer and linguist Raphael Lemkin, who coined the term “genocide.” After experiencing the barbarity of the Holocaust firsthand, he devoted his life to convincing the international community that there must be legal retribution for mass atrocities. An impassioned visionary, Lemkin confronted world apathy in a tireless battle for justice, setting the stage for the Nuremberg trials and the creation of the International Criminal Court.

  • Screening Times and Locations:
    • 10am to noon
      • Berman Center for Performing Arts
        6600 W. Maple Rd., West Bloomfield
    • 7pm to 9pm
      • Holocaust Memorial Center
        28123 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills
    • 7pm to 9pm
      • Jewish Community Center in Ann Arbor
        2935 Birch Hollow Dr., Ann Arbor
  • Admission:
    • All film screenings are free of charge. Donations are appreciated.

Generously sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League, Masco Corporation Foundation, Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies, The David Horodoker Organization, Jewish Studies at Eastern Michigan University, and the Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

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February 15 / 11 am
Author Talk and Presentation with Rudolf Ruder
The Long Journey to Cleveland

Metro Detroit author Rudolf Ruder shares his family’s unusual and fascinating story – his mother, Marile, as a nine-year-old girl living in Germany, presented Adolf Hitler with a bouquet of flowers and spent eight years in the Hitler Youth while her father, a train engineer, transported Jews to concentration camps. Ruder’s father, Simon, a Jewish tailor, was captured by the Gestapo, imprisoned and forced to make SS uniforms. He lived a hellish journey through the Third Reich that included incarceration in Plaszow and Auschwitz. Ruder’s story tells of the hidden connections between the two families and the improbable events that led to his parents meeting, overcoming enormous religious and cultural chasms.

  • Admission: Members Free / Non-members free with museum admission
  • Refreshments: Hot beverages and coffee cake
  • Signed books will be available on site at $20 each

Generously supported by the PNC Foundation.


January 31 / 11 am
Film Premiere
Olga's Story: World War II through the Eyes of a Child

A documentary based on the life experiences of Victoria Olga Lechniak when she was eight years old. 

  • Admission: $5
  • Location: Main Art Theatre, 118 North Main Street, Royal Oak, MI 48067
  • Doors and concession opens at 10:30 am
  • For Advance Seating or Group Tickets, contact Lisa at olivia3productions@yahoo.com