Bringing History to Light: Distinguished Lecturers to Punctuate 2012 Events at Queensborough’s Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center

Collectors, scholars, and published authors are among the renowned guests who will speak on a variety of topics at the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives at Queensborough Community College beginning in the fall of 2012.

There is a strong desire among children of survivors to pass on the memories of their parents and relatives so that their stories will never be forgotten. David Widawsky, a second generation child of survivors, has dedicated his life to Holocaust remembrance and education. He will speak on the topic of “And Then There Were None: The Shoah after Survivors.” Leora Klein, an instructor at the Abraham Joshua Heschel School in Manhattan, will expand on the subject with “Two Generations Later, The Grandchildren Speak.” Both lectures will take place on September 9 at 1 p.m.

An exhibit in early October, “Anti-Semitic Picture Postcards 1890-1930, How Easy it was to Hate,” will feature more than 30 picture postcards, once a popular form of communication. The show is curated by Rabbi Isidoro Aizenberg, Scholar-in-Residence at the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center.

Marcia Ikonomopoulos Haddad, President of the Association of Friends of Greek Jewry and the Museum Director of Kehila Kedosha of Janina Synagogue will address the question of why Jews were lost in Greece. The presentation, “The Jews of Greece and the Holocaust: Their Untold Story,” will take place on October 14 at 1 p.m.

Few people are aware that liberated survivors were often labeled as “undesirables.” For these people, the right to emigrate was delayed until 1957. Beth Lilach, Senior Director of Education and Community Affairs at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center will address, “The Hidden History of Post-Holocaust Displaced Persons” on December 2 at 1 p.m.

The Annual Cinema Series at the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center will feature Le Chambon, the Hill of the Thousand Children on October 31; The Garden of the Finzi Continis on December 5; Your Unknown Brother on September 5 and Hamsun on October 2. All films begin at 1 p.m.

The Eighth Annual Borough-wide Commemoration of Kristallnacht will take place on November 4 at 1 p.m. at the Student Union Building.

The Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center continues to offer thousands of visitors access to unique exhibits, original documents and photographs, a library of Holocaust-themed books and a collection of audio tapes preserving the testimony of local Holocaust survivors.

Internship applications from students of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, and academic areas across the board have tripled at the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center. Through the internship program, students learn about moral dilemmas and why it is important to become informed citizens of both local and global issues. The initial training culminates with student interns interviewing survivors about their experiences during World War II.

In August of 2011, the Korean American Community Empowerment (KACE) joined with the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center to display a powerful art exhibition, “Come From the Shadows, the Comfort Women.” The collaboration has resulted in a new internship for Queensborough students who will research the violation of human rights incidents that took place in Asia during WWII. The students will interview senior members of the local Asian communities to document their stories. The internship is scheduled to launch in September 2012.