Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Holocaust Education Center, Birmingham Public Library Partner on Holocaust Remembrance Programs

The Birmingham Public Library (BPL), in partnership with the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center (BHEC), is hosting a series of Holocaust remembrance programs at the Central Library beginning Wednesday, March 2.

The BHEC’s annual Holocaust Speaker Series, featuring local and out-of-town speakers, are free of charge. The programs, to be held in the Arrington Auditorium in the Linn-Henley Building, are as follows:
  • Wednesday, March 2, 12:00 p.m. – Daniel Seigel and Rebecca Dobrinski: "Remember Their Voices"
  • Wednesday, March 9, 12:00 p.m. – Denise Lewis: "A Survivor Speaks"
  • Monday, March 14, 6:00 p.m. – Dr. James Sedlis: "My Father, A Partisan from Vilna"
  • Tuesday, March 22, 6:00 p.m. – Esther Levy: "The Story of Holocaust Survivor Dora Nesselroth"
"We have co-sponsored events with the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center each March for more than 10 years, and the staff of the Center have put together another wonderful series for 2016,” said Jim Baggett, head of the Department of Archives and Manuscripts at the Birmingham Public Library. “We can never allow the Holocaust to slip from memory and we're always pleased to play a part in sharing this history and helping our visitors understand the experiences of those who lived through the Holocaust."

Rebecca Dobrinski, executive director of the Birmingham Education Resource Center, said the BERC is “excited to be partnering with the Birmingham Public Library again this year—this is something our supporters look forward to every year. This year is special because we have two stories we haven't told before. It is so important for us to have such a great venue to be able to share these stories with the community and keep the history and lessons of the Holocaust alive for future generations."

The BHEC is also hosting other events, including the annual Holocaust in Film series that began Sunday at the Emmet O’Neal Library in Mountain Brook. The series features UAB History professor Dr. Andre Millard, who will hold discussions following each film. The film schedule, free of charge, is as follows:
  • Thursday, March 3, 6:30 p.m. – Einsatzgruppen: The Death Brigades
  • Sunday, March 13, 2 p.m. – Radical Evil
  • Sunday, April 3, 2 p.m. – Phoenix

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