2003-05-23 / Community

Ohab Zedek Offers Memorial Lectures In June

Ohab Zedek Offers Memorial Lectures In June

Congregation Ohab Zedek of Belle Harbor will host its annual Henry Kaye Memorial lecture series on Wednesday, June 11, at 8 p.m.

This year’s lecture theme is tzadikei umot baolam, the righteous gentile. The series will be comprised of three sessions that will investigate the altruistic personality.

The first session will be an in-depth review of what we know about the motivations behind the actions of "righteous gentiles" during the holocaust and the lessons that they teach us about moral choices. The lecture will be presented to Dr. Joshua D. Zimmerman, assistant professor of East European history and Holocaust studies at Yeshiva University.

The second session on Wednesday, June 18, at 8 p.m. will present the documentary "Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers During World War II." This 72- minute film tells the complex and emotional story of Jewish children saved by non-Jews from the Nazis. Hidden for months, sometimes for years, the experience affected both the rescuers and the rescued. Produced and directed by Aviva Slesin, herself a hidden child from Lithuania, this film interviews more than a dozen people, often reuniting the rescued with their courageous hosts. The discussant will be Toby Appelton, co-producer and writer of "Secret Lives."

The final session will take place on Wednesday, June 25 at 8 p.m., when the documentary "Weapons of the Spirit" will be shown. This film was made by American filmmaker Pierre Sauvage who was born in Le Chambon to Jewish parents being sheltered in that village during the holocaust. In this gripping 90-minute documentary, Sauvage portrays the historical Le Chambon in its impoverished simplicity, conveying in particular the ability of its inhabitants to disregard their poverty and threats both from the French Vichy government and the Nazis to shelter several thousand Jews at a time. The discussant will be Rabbi Yehoshua Berkowitz of Ohab Zedek Congregation.

The public is invited and there is no charge for the event.

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