March 9 / 3:00 pm
Presentation and Roundtable Discussion
Tectonic Leadership: A Roadmap to Systemic Change
Tectonic Leadership was developed by Brenda Naomi Rosenberg, an American Jewish woman, and Samia Moustapha Bahsoun, a Lebanese American woman of Muslim descent, based on the challenges they faced over a five-year period addressing the Middle East Conflict, the Holocaust, and other contentious issues.
Meet Brenda and Samia and learn how Tectonic Leadership trains people from opposite sides of conflict to take joint ownership in transforming the conversation to face challenges and find solutions together. Discover how you can use Tectonic Leadership to transform conflict in your personal life, on campus, in the work place, and in your community.
- Admission: Free
- Light refreshments at Roundtable Discussion
March 12 / 7:00 pm
Exclusive Member Event
Brundibar: An Evening with Ela Stein Weissberger
The Nazis allowed artistic activity in the Theresienstadt concentration camp to help support their false claim that it was a benign haven for Jews. One example was the children’s opera Brundibár, which tells the story of a brother and sister who join forces with a sparrow, cat and dog to outwit an evil organ grinder. Performed 55 times, Brundibár was a centerpiece of the Red Cross visit to the camp and was prominently featured in the Nazi propaganda film The Führer Gives the Jews a City. The composer and most of the cast were among 20,000 people transported from Theresienstadt to death camps in September and October 1944. However, Ela Stein Weissberger, who played the cat, survived the war.
The evening will feature:
- A performance by members of the Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus of an excerpt from their upcoming performance of Brundibár, with behind-the-scenes insights from Director Michael Yashinsky
- A presentation by Holocaust Survivor and original Brundibár cast member Ela Stein Weissberger about how art and music inspired her hope for survival
- A reception with Ela Stein Weissberger, Executive Director Stephen M. Goldman, museum staff and board members. Kosher refreshments will be served.
This event is exclusive to members of the Holocaust Memorial Center. CLICK HERE to become a member and join us on March 12.
Memberships are tax-deductible and start at
$18/students • $36/individual • $50/families
To RSVP, please call Jackie Schwartz at 248.553.2400, ext. 129 or firstname.lastname@example.org
March 23 / 2:00 pm
The Murderers Among Us: How We Elude and Confront Holocaust Perpetrators with Dr. Thomas Kühne
Wayne State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and The Guy Stern Endowment in Exile and Holocaust Studies present a talk by Thomas Kühne: "The Murderers Among Us: How We Elude and Confront Holocaust Perpetrators."
Why did the Holocaust perpetrators do what they did? What made them become mass murderers? How could they live with their deeds and misdeeds? Which kind of human beings were they actually? And how did their friends, their families, their judges, the media and the academia deal with them?
You’re invited to an afternoon with author and Holocaust expert Thomas Kühne, the Strassler Family Chair in the Study of Holocaust History at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Professor of History at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. In his lecture, Kühne will explore and assess popular fantasies about and scholarly insights into the pathology and the ordinariness of Hitler’s mass murderers, showing that the Holocaust can be explained only if we render account to the full diversity of the people who committed it.
The event is sponsored by: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, The Guy Stern Endowment in Exile and Holocaust Studies, The Detroit Jewish News, the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies, the Holocaust Memorial Center, and Hillel of Metro Detroit.
April 3 / 7:00 pm
Besa: The Promise
The film depicts the journeys of two men: Jewish- American photographer Norman Gershman, documenting the firstperson accounts of Albanian Muslims who rescued Jews during the Holocaust, and Muslim Albanian Rexhep Hoxha, determined to return a set of Hebrew books to a Jewish family rescued by his father.
- Admission: Free with museum admission
April 27 / 1:00 pm
Yom HaShoah Holocaust Day of Remembrance
Details coming soon.
April 30 / 7:00 pm
Surviving Genocide: Armenians and Jews in 20th Century France with presentation by Dr. Maud Mandel
Details coming soon.
Date to Be Determined
Exhibit Opening of the Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals, 1933-1945
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are rescheduling Barney Frank's keynote presentation for the exhibit opening of the Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals. We invite you to come view the exhibit which is on display through May 4th, 2014.
If you have any questions please contact Lawrence Willim at 248.553.2400 x124.
Happy New Year and thank you for your patience.