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.
Julie Kohner presented Voices of the Generations at the California Museum in Sacramento on Sunday, Sept 24. This engagement coincided with the museum’s display of Light & Noir, exploring the history of Jewish refugees who fled Nazi persecution during Hollywood’s Golden Age and the second world war.
Special thanks to Executive Director Amanda Meeker, and Communications and Marketing Director Brenna Hamilton for hosting us as part of this engaging exhibit at The California Museum.
On Friday May 12, Julie Kohner, Founder of Voices of the Generations, was the guest speaker at the Jewish Federation’s Lions of Judah and Pomegranates lunch. The luncheon attendees were moved and inspired by the program. In addition, Julie introduced a surprise guest, Jay Shucart. Jay is the son of Sargent Harold Shucart who librtated Hanna from Camp Mauthausen. Harold Shucart was one of the surprise guests featured on the 1953 episode of This Is Your Life, Hanna Bloch Kohner.
Julie Kohner spoke on Yom HaShoah, April 23, 2017, to congregants at synagogues in Philadelphia.
Speaking first at Congregation Beth Or, hosted by religious school educator Aaron Nielsenshultz.
That evening Julie was hosted by Rabbi Shoshanah Tornberg, director of education and life-long learning at Congregation Or Ami.
As Yom HaShoah and Genocide Awareness are observed this Month, the Holocaust and its place in history remains as relevant in the future as it is today. With this in mind, we ask for your support of Voices of the Generations as it continues teaching the Holocaust and finds new engaging ways to carry on the legacies of the survivors for future generations. Thank you.
Julie Kohner was invited to speak at Saint Anne School and Mercy High School in San Francisco on January 27, 2017. This VOG presentation was made possible by The Farkas Center, The Holocaust Center, Lehr Haus Judaica, Jewish Learning Works and The Curriculum Center.
Special thanks to Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan for arranging this day of learning on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Voices of the Generations was invited to speak at St. Martin of Tours in West Los Angeles on January 11, 2017. Julie spoke to 7th and 8th grade students before their field trip to the Museum of Tolerance. Sharing our unique story of Hanna Kohner on This Is Your Life helps to personalize the experience of the Holocaust for this generation.