As part of the 81st commemoration of Kristallnacht, the night of broken glass, Julie Kohner presented Voices of the Generations at The Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida on Nov 10, 2019. With nearly 200 in attendance, including many survivors and second generation families, Julie brought the story of Hanna and Walter, along with This Is Your Life, Hanna Bloch Kohner to the museum. Thanks to the Museum and Second Generation for hosting this event.
Julie Kohner and The Florida Holocaust Museum Curator, Erin Blankenship
Nearly 200 in attendance for the Kristallnacht Commemoration.
The Florida Holocaust Museum is home to one of the few remaining box cars used by the Nazis to transport Jews to Auschwitz and Treblinka. Box Car number 113069-5 now rests on original tracks from Treblinka.
Julie Kohner has brought Voices of the Generations to the east central New Jersey area with programs commemorating Yom Ha Shoah.
Speaking at B’Nai Israel on Tuesday April 30, Rabbi Bayar made mention that this Yom Ha Shoah service was the first time that a survivor was not available to speak, making the point that survivors are growing fewer in numbers, and that it has become more critical for their children to carry on the legacy of the Holocaust.
Rabbi Tobin of B’nai Shalom in West Orange, NJ also shared his views on this Yom Ha Shoah of the importance of not shielding our Jewishness in light of the recent synagogue tragedies in Poway, CA and Pittsburgh, PA.
In the context of remembering the Holocaust, sharing stories of our survival as a people, speaking to congregations on this Yom Ha Shoah makes this all the more evident that survivors experiences must continue to be shared as a collective means to remember that hate takes many forms yet always manifests itself for what it is.
Many thanks to Rabbi Bayar of B’Nai Israel in Milburn and Rabbi Tobin of B’nai Shalom in West Orange, NJ for bringing Voices of the Generations to their congregations in honor of this Yom Ha Shoah.
Julie spoke of the empowerment that comes from incidents such as Poway and Pittsburgh, to continue to speak of the impact and lessons to be learned from the Holocaust, and why teaching tolerance to the youngest members of our community is so important.
Julie Kohner presented Voices of the Generations to the Holocaust and Creative Impulse freshman class at the USC School of Music on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Julie has been presenting VOG annually to this class, taught by Nick Strimple, for many years. This year was no exception. The students were moved and inspired by Hanna’s story. Many students who come to the program have not had much formal Holocaust education, and they have found Hanna’s story to be an eye opening introduction into how one family was affected by the trauma of war.
Voices of the Generations presented two programs at History Colorado museum in Denver, on November 21 2017. Thanks to Shawn Snow and Michael Vincent for their warm hospitality. Lots of great questions and conversation from over two hundred guests.
A very busy week presenting our program to students and adults in Charleston as part of their commemoration for Kristallnacht.
Our week started with a visit to Porter Gaud School, sharing the program to 400 9th to 12th grade students at this private Episcopal college preparatory day school. With thanks to Paul Baran, chairman of the history department for hosting Voices of the Generations.
This was followed by a visit to Charleston Southern University with a presentation to English and History students, hosted by John Kuykendall, Chairman of the history department.
An evening program was presented to the a community wide group, hosted by the Charleston Jewish Community Center and Federation, in conjunction with the JCC bookclub. Thanks to bookfest coordinator, Marylyn Haspel, for bringing our program to the community.
VOG presented to the middle grades at Nativity School, a Catholic Christian School that serves Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade children from Church of the Nativity. Thanks to Principal Patti Dukes, for hosting.
The week concluded with a presentation to the student body of Hanahan High. Thanks to Principal Ric Raycroft and his staff for their support bringing our program to their public high school.
Julie presented Voices of the Generations to the Holocaust and Creative Impulse freshman class, led by Nick Strimple, at USC on Tuesday Oct 31. This has become an annual visit to Nick’s class, engaging students within the USC Music Department with thought and insightfulness into the history of the Holocaust.
Thanks to Margaret Rung, Director, Center for New Deal Studies, at Roosevelt University for the warm introduction, along with the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Center for hosting VOG with students and faculty on October 23. There were numerous questions from the audience, including a discussion of survivors guilt. I read a passage from my parents book that describes my mother’s feelings about surviving while others perished around her. As I explained, my mother attributed her survival to luck. As always, the discussion was engaging and the message of “never to forget” was instilled upon the audience.
Just back from Chicago where we presented Voices of the Generations to the students and parents at Emanuel Congregation. Thanks to Rabbi Craig Marantz and Educational Director, Tani Prell for hosting. Also thrilled to introduce Mickey (Shucart) Reiss, the daughter of American liberator, Sgt. Harold Shucart, to the congregation after viewing This Is Your Life, Hanna Bloch Kohner. We took many questions from the audience who had the chance to hear from both descendants of a survivor and a liberator.