ThE Book Smugglers of the Vilna Ghetto: A Story of Moral Resistance
Special Exhibit Opening Event – January 27 at 7:00 PM EST on ZOOM
In Vilna, the city Jews called “The Jerusalem of Lithuania,” a group of ghetto inmates risked their lives during World War II to rescue thousands of rare books, documents, and works of art from the Nazis. In an operation that lasted eighteen months, they smuggled the materials past guards and buried them in bunkers. Those members of the group who survived the War returned after Vilna’s liberation and dug up the materials. They eventually smuggled the books across Europe until they reached the United States and Israel. What did they rescue, and why did they do it?
In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, author Dr. David E. Fishman will discuss the incredible story he wrote about in “The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis”, and the exhibit based on his book.
This program will be presented virtually on Zoom.
The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis is curated by Holocaust Museum Houston based on the book by David E. Fishman.
75 years of Holocaust Cinema
Wednesday, February 23 at 7:00 PM EST on ZOOM
Learn about Holocaust films from cinema expert Rich Brownstein. There are hundreds, in dozens of languages, from more than 40 countries. They include
drama, melodrama, docudrama, comedy, farce, science fiction, time travel, live-action and animation. Rich Brownstein has lectured at Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies in Jerusalem since 2014, specializing in the history and pedagogy of Holocaust films. His new book, Holocaust Cinema Complete: A History and Analysis of 400 Films, with a Teaching Guide, was just published by McFarland Press. For more information call (248) 553-2400. This program will be presented virtually on Zoom.
Thank you to our Community Partner: The Maple Theater
The six triple eight
Tuesday, March 8 at 7:00 PM EST on ZOOM
In February 1945, the Allied Forces were winning WWII and liberating the concentration camps. But the U.S. troops and their families weren’t getting their mail. Enter the only all-black Women’s Army Corps battalion to serve in Europe during WWII, the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion or Six Triple Eight. Despite facing racism and sexism from their own leadership and troops, the women served with honor, clearing 17 million backlogged letters. They were never fully recognized…until now.
Watch the documentary film The Six Triple Eight by Lincoln Perry Films on demand from March 2-9 at holocaustcenter.org. Then join us on March 8, International Women’s History Day, for a discussion with Executive Producer James Theres, Producer Edna Cummings and Detroit Free Press columnist Nancy Kaffer. This program will be presented virtually on Zoom.
This program is co-presented by Charles H. Wright Musuem of African American History.
Thank you to our Community Partners: Wayne State Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies and University of Detroit Mercy Women’s and Gender Studies Program.