Centropa’s Rescued Memories: A Digital Bridge to a World Destroyed.

The Jewish Study Center and Centropa are offering four sessions on Centropa’s Rescued Memories: A Digital Bridge to a World Destroyed. Sessions to be held at Adas Israel, Wednesdays – October 17, 31, November 7, 14 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.

Though the Jewish world of Eastern Europe is gone, Centropa – a Jewish historical institute based in Vienna - brings it back to life using new technologies to tell how Jews fell in love, where they worked, where they went on vacation and how they survived the horrors. Centropa interviewed 1,200 Holocaust survivors still living in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and the Balkans – they never used video; rather, the survivors shared their life stories as they showed their family photographs. And this means Centropa’s stories, as told through multimedia films, are more about how Jews lived than how they suffered or died. Come learn 20th century Jewish history through 21st century technologies - and tell your own family stories using Centropa’s innovative techniques!

October 17 – Mitteleuropa: Stories from the Austro-Hungarian Empire
Cynthia Peterman will discuss Jewish loyalty to Emperor Franz Joseph and you’ll meet Patriot Heinrich Nussbaum. When the empire collapsed and Europe divided, Heinrich refused to believe in borders and sent his sons to universities in Prague, Berlin, Paris and Florence. And Ernst Galpert will tell you about growing up Orthodox in Munkacs.

October 31 - Sephardim in the Balkans
Laura Shaw Frank will teach how Jews lived with their Balkan neighbors for centuries and share Matilda and Breda Kalef’s story of how a brave Catholic priest in Belgrade saved them. And we’ll see how Jews, along with their Muslim, Serb and Croatian neighbors in Sarajevo, helped save their city during the Bosnian war, 1992-1995.

November 7 - Jews of Poland and Russia
Sharon Tash will explore with you the history of Eastern European Jews through two Centropa stories: Mieczyslaw Weinryb grew up in beautiful Zamosc, Poland, with Zionists, Bundists, Communists and religious Jews. And Haya Lea Detinko – like Amos Oz’s mother - lived in Rovno. They went to the same school, joined the same youth club. Oz’s mother Fania escaped and Haya Lea ended up in Stalin’s gulag while her parents remained to face the Nazis.

November 14 - Our own family stories
Bring your own family photos to share your family stories of journeys from “the old country” to America. Facilitator Lauren Granite will discuss how to do so using Centropa’s methods.
Instructors will suggest readings for each topic, including history, short stories and films.

**Pre-registration is required by the Monday 6 P.M. before each class thru: www.jewishstudycenter.org
Any questions contact: info@jewishstudycenter.org

Entire series: JSC and Adas members $55, non-members $75; Individual session: JSC and Adas members $15, non-members $20

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