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Lunch-And-Learn Program From Holocaust Center Of Humanity Helps Further Holocaust Education


The Staten Island Holocaust Center is very proud to support the on-going Holocaust Education efforts and community programs of the Holocaust Center of Humanity, as the organization recently announced its "Winter Series: Lunch-And-Learn Program", that takes place virtually on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month from November 2021 through February 2022.


The Lunch-And-Learn Programs presented by the Holocaust Center of Humanity provides the chance to hear from children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, notable speakers, and historical experts. As a way to help further Holocaust Education, these programs aim to present perspectives and voices that challenge and inspire people to confront bigotry, racism, and indifference, and to consider how their actions make a difference.


All Lunch-And-Learn programs are held virtually on Zoom during Pacific Coast Time and guests can register for either individual programs or multiple programs.

On Tuesday, December 7 (12pm-1pm PT), Scott Miller will host the Lunch-And-Learn Program with his discussion titled, “Searching for Survivors: The Fate of the St. Louis Passengers”. Currently a curatorial consultant for the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City, Miller was a founding staff member at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, where he worked for 30 years and is also co-author (with Sarah Ogilvie) of Refuge Denied – The St. Louis Passengers and the Holocaust (University of Wisconsin Press: 2006). The story chronicles their search for the St. Louis passengers of the ship carrying 937 refugee – almost all of them Jews -- fleeing Nazi Germany in 1939 and were denied entry into Cuba and the United States.


The story of the St Louis has become a symbol of America’s indifference to the plight of Jews during the Holocaust. The fate of the ship’s passengers, however, remained an unsolved mystery for over sixty years. Scott Miller will discuss his decade long search to uncover the fate of every passenger on board this famous and fateful journey.


To kick-off the series, the Holocaust Center of Humanity recently opened the program on Tuesday, November 16 with Andrea Pitzer, author of One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps, which was named a best history book of 2017 by Smithsonian Magazine. ⁠Pitzer shared her thoughts and insight on how the concentration camps entered the world and how its roots fed horrific and lethal incarceration. You can watch Andrea Pitzer’s talk here, along with reviewing others who have taken part in the Lunch-And-Learn Program in the past.


To learn more about the Lunch-And-Learn Programs and the full schedule of featured authors, speakers, and Holocaust Survivors, make sure to visit the official website of the Holocaust Center of Humanity and connect with them on social media on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

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