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Oct 6

Special Gallery Exhibit – Rebirth after the Holocaust: Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons Camp, 1945-1950

Special Gallery ExhibitRebirth after the Holocaust: Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons Camp, 1945-1950
October 6 – December 31, 2016
The exhibit depicts an inspiring and untold chapter in Jewish history. It is the story of Jewish survivors liberated from Bergen-Belsen, who emerged from the destruction of the Holocaust determined to rebuild their lives. Over the next five years, Bergen-Belsen became the largest Displaced Persons camp in Germany, forming a vibrant center of rehabilitation, reconstruction, and rebirth.

Opening Reception
October 6, 2016 | Reception 5:30 p.m.; Talk 6:30 p.m. | at the Museum
Join us for the opening of our special gallery exhibit, Rebirth after the Holocaust: Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons Camp, featuring a reception and talk by Jean Bloch Rosensaft, daughter of Holocaust survivors and Assistant Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs at Hebrew Union College, New York City. Free but RSVP required at Eventbrite

Oct 7

City-Wide Read and Performance


This multi-disciplinary program encourages positive classroom discussion on tolerance, perseverance and responsibility.

The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance, in partnership with the Dallas Independent School District (ISD) and Hold On To Your Music, is sponsoring the first-ever City-Wide Read and Performance this fall for approximately 12,500 fifth graders, as well as students from several of the city’s Jewish schools. Students will read The Children of Willesden Lane, a true story of inspiration and perseverance in a time of war, and attend a musical performance by the author, Grammy-nominated classical pianist Mona Golabek.

The Children of Willesden Lane tells the story of Golabek’s mother, Lisa Jura, a 14-year-old Jewish musical prodigy whose family sent her from her home in Vienna to England on the Kindertransport after the Nazi annexation of Austria. While in England, separated from her family, Lisa made her way to the Willesden Lane orphanage, where her dream to become a concert pianist was realized.

“This story is a stunning testament to the power of music to lift the human spirit and to grant the soul endurance, patience and peace,” said Dallas Holocaust Museum President and CEO Mary Pat Higgins. “It’s especially timely in Dallas now, as we want to encourage positive classroom discussion on anti-discrimination and tolerance.”

The City-Wide Read and Performance for all Dallas ISD fifth graders and several Dallas Jewish schools includes:
• Personal copy of The Children of Willesden Lane (including Spanish Readers Digest)
• Attendance at a performance by Golabek at the Music Hall at Fair Park on November 14, 15 or 16
• Transportation to and from the venue
• Professional development for teachers and librarians on teaching Holocaust history and The Children of Willesden Lane
• Bilingual teacher resources and curriculum for English Language Arts, Reading, Performing Arts, Social Studies, Library and Media Studies

“The universality of this story reaches across all geographic, religious and ethnic divides and powerfully speaks to students,” said Vicente R. Reyes, Dallas ISD’s assistant superintendent of teaching and learning. “Through classroom curriculum, reading the book and attending a live performance, students will experience history, music, theater and a deeper understanding of acceptance, respect and most importantly, the resiliency of the human spirit.”

The City-Wide Read and Performance is funded by: the Dallas Holocaust Museum, Dallas ISD, an anonymous donor, the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation, the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, Schultz family, the Center for Jewish Education, Humanities Texas, Aaron family, Funk family, Hogue family, Risch family, Folsom family, the Fruhman Foundation, Goldman family, Goldberg family, Levine family, Bauer family, Brown family and Greif family.

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Mona Golabek was born in 1950 in [2] Los Angeles, the daughter of Lisa Jura, a concert pianist, and Michel Golabek.[3] Her mother Lisa was born in Austria, and was one of 10,000 Jewish children brought to England before World War II as part of the Kindertransport, a mission to rescue children threatened by the Nazis. Although Mona's mother was rescued, her maternal grandparents died at Auschwitz. She has appeared in concert with major orchestras and conductors around the world and in recitals at the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center, and the Royal Festival Hall. She has one Grammy nomination and she was the subject of the PBS documentaries More Than the Music, winner of the Grand Prize in the 1985 WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival. Concerto for Mona by William Kraft was dedicated to her.

Oct 26

Hope For Humanity Award Dinner

The Hope for Humanity dinner, honoring Nate Levine, is the primary annual fundraising event of the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance. Proceeds from the dinner fund the Museum’s exhibits, student programs, educator conferences and other community services events.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Fairmont Hotel in the Regency Ballroom.
Reception at 6:00 p.m. | Dinner at 7:00 p.m.

For details about table and ticket prices, and sponsorships contact

Nov 10

Panel Discussion - Stranger than Fiction: True Stories of the Holocaust

The Museum is partnering with the Dallas Jewish Bookfest at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) on this event on November 10. Dr. Sara Abosch will moderate a panel titled Stranger than Fiction: True Stories of the Holocaust. The panelists are the authors of the books Hitler’s Art Thief, Auschwitz #34207, and The Bones of Time.

A Holocaust-themed panel discussion with three authors moderated by Dr. Sara Abosch, Senior Director of Education at the Holocaust Museum Center for Education and Tolerance. The panel features discussion centered around the above authors and their books.

Hitler’s Art Thief, Susan Ronald
The world was stunned when eighty-year old Cornelius Gurlitt became an international media superstar in November 2013 on the discovery of over 1,400 artworks in his 1,076 square-foot Munich apartment, valued at around $1.35 billion. Gurlitt became known as a man who never was - he didn't have a bank account, never paid tax, never received social security. He simply did not exist. He had been hard-wired into a life of shadows and secrecy by his own father long before he had inherited his art collection built on the spoliation of museums and Jews during Hitler's Third Reich. The ensuing media frenzy unleashed international calls for restitution, unsettled international relations, and rocked the art world.

Ronald reveals in this stranger-than-fiction-tale how Hildebrand Gurlitt succeeded in looting in the name of the Third Reich, duping the Monuments Men and the Nazis alike. As an "official dealer" for Hitler and Goebbels, Hildebrand Gurlitt became one of the Third Reich's most prolific art looters. Yet he stole from Hitler too, allegedly to save modern art. This is the untold story of Hildebrand Gurlitt, who stole more than art-he stole lives, too.

Auschwitz #34207: The Joe Rubinstein Story, Nancy Sprowell Geise
Amazon Bestseller: #1 in Holocaust Biography and #1 in Holocaust Memoirs.

In May of 1945, Joe Rubinstein walked out of a Nazi concentration camp. For over 70 years, his remarkable story was hidden from the world. Shortly before dawn on a frigid morning in Radom, Poland, German soldiers forced twenty-one year-old Icek "Joe" Rubinsztejn onto a crowded, open-air truck. The next day, several around him were dead. From there, things got worse for young Joe-much worse.

Joe arrived at Auschwitz on April 30, 1942. It would be seven decades before he revealed how he survived several of the most notorious concentration camps. His is an inspiring narrative; a story of reliance, endurance, courage and faith.

Barefooted when he was seized by the Nazis, Joe became one of New York's leading shoe designers-working with companies whose shoes were sought after by First Ladies and movie stars alike. Joe's story bears witness to the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. While the Nazis took everything else, they were unable to take his unassailable joy. Joe's story is one of discovering light in the darkest of places, an inspiration for us all.

The Bones of Time, Liliane Richman
Like so many children of war, Liliane Richman grew up with a fractured past. Memories escaped her. As an adult Liliane began to feel the need to reconstruct her past, not only to understand the people she loved, but also to create a fuller picture of herself. Bones of Time is the story of a family, linked by love and a common search for home: Liliane; her father, a Hungarian tailor who travels to Paris to make his fortune; her mother, a sad and beautiful émigré from Germany; Fred, the eldest son, Liliane’s beloved brother and protector. It is also a story of Paris of the 1930s and 40s, wounded and broken, but still resilient and resplendent.

Their stories capture not only the zeitgeist, but also the individual quest for freedom and happiness in a world of horror and madness. Bones of Time is, above all, a poignant memoir of fortitude, transformation, and miraculous reunion.

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Nov 17

Upstander Speaker Series: Mike Kim

Upstander Speaker: Mike Kim
November 17, 2016 | Program at 6:30 p.m. | Communities Foundation of Texas, 5500 Caruth Haven Lane, Dallas, TX
5:30 p.m. VIP Reception with Mike Kim.
On New Year’s Day 2003 Mike Kim gave up a financial planning business in Chicago and left for China on a one-way ticket with two duffle bags. He had learned hundreds of thousands of North Koreans were fleeing to China in search of food and freedom. Mike successfully led many North Korean escapees to safety in Southeast Asia using a 6,000-mile modern-day underground railroad. He wrote Escaping North Korea about his experiences and founded Crossing Borders, a nonprofit dedicated to providing humanitarian assistance to North Korean refugees.
Tickets available on: $10 general Admission; FREE for members; $20 for VIP Members; $30 for non-members.

Dec 8

Film Screening: The Long Way Home

Film Screening: The Long Way Home
December 8, 2016 | 6:30 p.m.| At the Museum

In conjunction with our current special gallery exhibit, Rebirth after the Holocaust: Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons Camp, 1945-1950, join us for a screening of The Long Way Home.

This Academy Award-winning documentary focuses on the critical post-war period from 1945 – 1948 and the plight of tens of thousands of Jewish survivors and refugees as they tried to reclaim their place in the world. Using rare archival footage and stills, news reels, and interviews, The Long Way Home depicts life in displaced persons camps, the revival of Jewish culture, and the struggle to establish a homeland.

Run Time: 120 minutes

Free. RSVP required at Eventbrite.