Women’s History Month at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

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The Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City will host three programs as part of A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, which is currently presenting the acclaimed exhibition, “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away,” through August 2020.

This is the most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the history of Auschwitz and its role in the Holocaust ever presented in North America, bringing together more than 700 original objects and 400 photographs from over 20 institutions and museums around the world.

Entry is by timed ticket available at Auschwitz.nyc. An audio guide, available in 8 languages, is included with admission. Admission is $25 for flexible entry—entry any time on a specific day, $16 for adults, $12 for seniors and people with disabilities, $10 for students and veterans, and $8 for Museum members. The event is also free for Holocaust survivors, active members of the military and first responders, and students and teachers through grade 12 in schools located in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut – with a valid school-issued ID. A student attending an NYC public school may bring up to three family members for free with proof of valid school-issued ID or report card. The Auschwitz exhibition is recommended for ages 12 and up.

“Heroines of the Holocaust”

To commemorate Women’s History month the museum will host “Heroines of the Holocaust,” on March 11 from 7 – 8:30 p.m., a conversation with female resistance fighters, including Zivia Lubetkin, the highest-ranking woman in Warsaw’s underground, and Vitka Kempner, a partisan leader who blew up a German ammunition train with a grenade. Dr. Lori Weintrob, Director of the Wagner College Holocaust Center, will be joined by Auschwitz survivor Rachel Rachama Roth who will provide her eyewitness testimony to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The discussion will be moderated by Yiddish culture writer Rokhl Kafrissen (Tablet).

Tickets are $10 to the general public and $8 for Museum members.

Book Launch – “Franci’s War”

Join author Helen Epstein on Wednesday, March 18, at 7 p.m., when she will introduce this new memoir by her late mother, Franci Rabinek Epstein.

Franci, born into a privileged family in Prague, was a spirited young fashion designer who lied to Dr. Mengele at an Auschwitz selection by saying she was an electrician – an occupation that both endangered and saved her life. Helen will be joined in conversation by Columbia University Film Professor Annette Insdorf. Co-sponsored by the Czech Cultural Center.

Admission is free. Advance reservations recommended at mjhnyc.org/events.

“Write Me” – Women’s Studies & Activism Panel Discussion

Join artists, scholars, and activists on Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m., for this series that explores the branding of women’s bodies in the Holocaust and human trafficking. “Write Me,” is a 2019 short film by Pearl Gluck, which follows an older woman who joins other survivors in reclaiming the histories tattooed on their bodies.

In this final part of the series, a panel of women scholars from diverse fields will discuss the role of branding of women’s bodies in the context of human trafficking and power. Speakers will be Rochelle G. Saidel, founder and executive director of the Remember the Women Institute; Carol E. Henderson, editor of Imagining the Black Female Body; Ornit Barkai, documentary filmmaker of the forthcoming “Laid to Rest: Buried Stories of the Jewish Sex Trade”; and moderator Amy Sodaro, professor of sociology at Borough of Manhattan Community College. Co-sponsored by Battery Park City Authority.

Admission is free. Advance reservations recommended at mjhnyc.org/events.

Submitted by The Museum of Jewish Heritage

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