APRIL 28, 7PM – THE LAST CYCLIST

In commemoration of Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day

Weinstein JCC’s Jewish Family Theatre is proud to bring its performance of The Last Cyclist to the Richmond community. Directed by Debra Clinton with musical accompaniment by Natan Berenshteyn, The Last Cyclist brings to light the dangers of totalitarianism, herd-like behavior, and the frightening extremes to which bullying can lead.

The play, The Last Cyclist was written by Karel Svenk during his time living in the Terezin ghetto during the Holocaust. Known as a hero to the other Jews in the camp for his biting wit and for being “inexhaustibly inventive, always up to practical jokes and improvisations,” Svenk wrote The Last Cyclist as a searing critique of Holocaust lunacy offered through powerful, poignant evidence of the resistance to the Nazis by Jewish inmates under horrific circumstances.

In partnership with the Weinstein JCC. With generous support from Rhona and Irving Blank and the Henry and Gertrude Kupfer Holocaust Education Fund of the Richmond Jewish Foundation.

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May 1, 2pm – Yom HaShoah

Join Virginia Holocaust Museum on May 1st for an in-person Yom HaShoah event, including the Holocaust Memorial Candle Lighting and a special musical performance from Batsheva Capek. She will be performing songs in Hebrew, English and Yiddish

 

We will also award the Carole Weinstein Prizes for Tolerance and Justice in the Visual Arts.

 

Virginia Holocaust Museum is inviting children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors to join us for a special reception at 1pm before Yom HaShoah. To attend, please RSVP by April 26 to Brett Schrader | bschrader@vaholocaust.org | 804-257-5400

May 5, 6-7:30 pm – “The Nazi’s Granddaughter: How I Discovered My Grandfather was a War Criminal” In Conversation with Silvia Foti and Grant Gochin

Silvia Foti grew up the proud granddaughter of a Lithuanian war hero, Jonas Noreika. Her grandfather has a school and streets named after him in Lithuania. When her mother, on her deathbed asked Silvia to write a story about her heroic father, Silvia enthusiastically agreed. Unfortunately, as she dug deeper, she discovered to her horror that her grandfather was also a Holocaust “desk perpetrator” involved in the murders of thousands of Jews. Silvia’s family memoir—The Nazi’s Granddaughter: How I Discovered My Grandfather Was a War Criminal has caused pushback from the Lithuanian government and exposed Holocaust denial and distortion. Joining Silvia for the conversation will be Grant Gochin, an American philanthropist, journalist, politician, and activist. Grant works to counter Holocaust Revisionism and antisemitism in Lithuania. Most recently, he has investigated and worked to prosecute Lithuanian leaders who participated in the persecution and murder of Lithuanian Jews. During the process, he exposed a widespread Lithuanian effort to rewrite history and convert Holocaust murderers into national heroes. His lawsuit against the Lithuanian government for Holocaust denial and distortion is now before the European Court of Human Rights. Be sure to join us for this can’t miss discussion with Silvia and Grant as we talk about how uncovering a dark family past led to confronting Holocaust denial and distortion on a national level. This program is free but registration is required. Questions? Please Contact Megan Ferenczy, mferenczy@vaholocaust.org To purchase a copy of "The Nazi's Granddaughter: How I Discovered My Grandfather was a War Criminal,” please contact Kara Yurina, kyurina@vaholocaust.org or 804-257-5400 ext. 238

The Alexander Lebenstein Teacher Education Institute

June 27-28, 8:30am-5:00pm
July 11-12, 8:30am-5:00pm

The Alexander Lebenstein Teacher Education Institute assists educators with their understanding of the Holocaust and genocide. Sessions focus on historical background and pedagogy which link to the Virginia Standards of Learning requirements. TEI is offered in partnership with Longwood University and is funded through generous teacher sponsorships.

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