JCC Chicago Remembers
JCC Chicago proudly presents a series of virtual events to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day.
In commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day, JCC Chicago presents three programs that highlight the importance of documentation and personal testimony in the search for the still million missing names of Holocaust victims. This is especially relevant today. A recent survey found that 1 in 10 Americans under 40 have never heard of the Holocaust. The survey found that 63% of the respondents ages 18 – 39 did not know that 6 million Jews were murdered. These shocking results underscore why it is so important to continue to tell the story and find ways to make it personal. We can all participate in the search for the missing names in our own family histories – perhaps starting with the names of the people in the shoebox full of photos that we all inherited.
The Search: Film and Talk Back
Film streams Thurs., 4/8- Sun. 4/11.
The Search is a 1948 film directed by Fred Zinnemann which tells the story of a young Auschwitz survivor and his mother who search for each other across post-World War II Europe. It stars Montgomery Clift, Ivan Jandl, Jarmila Novotná and Aline MacMahon. Many scenes were shot amidst the actual ruins of post-war German cities, namely Ingolstadt, Munich, Nuremberg, and Würzburg.
Join Chicago native, author and educator Richard Reeder on Sunday, April 11 at 11am for a LIVE Q&A for the film. Your ticket includes the discussion. Questions in advance may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Richard Reeder was born and raised in Chicago and continues to live in the Chicago area with his wife Anne. Educated in the Chicago public schools, he has two degrees from Roosevelt University. His multifaceted career included working as a caseworker, elementary school teacher, employment counselor, research assistant, and as an executive in both government and social service and educational organizations. Richard remains active as a consultant, writer, and adult education facilitator and instructor.
Virtual visit to the Wiener Holocaust Library Exhibit – Fate Unknown: The Search for the Missing After the Holocaust
Mon., April 12 | 11:00am
By the end of World War II, millions of people had been murdered or displaced by war and genocide. Families and communities were torn apart. Many were missing, and some people’s fates remain unclear to this day. Co Curators Professor Dan Stone (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Dr. Christine Schmidt (Deputy Director/Head of Research) guide us through this remarkable and little known story of the agonizing search for the missing after the Holocaust.
Dan Stone is Professor of Modern History and Director of the Holocaust Research Institute at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he has taught since 1999. He is the author of some 80 scholarly articles and author or editor of 18 books, including: Histories of the Holocaust (OUP, 2010), The Liberation of the Camps: The End and Aftermath of the Holocaust (Yale, 2015), and Concentration Camps: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2019). His next book, Fate Unknown: Tracing the Missing after the Holocaust and World War II, will be published by OUP, and he is currently finishing a book on the Holocaust for Penguin’s Pelican series.
Christine Schmidt is Deputy Director and Head of Research at the Wiener Holocaust Library, London, where she oversees academic programming and outreach. Her work has focused on post-World War II tracing and documentation gathering, the concentration camp system in Nazi Germany and comparative studies of collaboration and resistance in France and Hungary. Her recent publications include ‘“We are all Witnesses”: Eva Reichmann and the Wiener Library’s Eyewitness Accounts Collection’ in Agency and the Holocaust: Essays in Honor of Debórah Dwork, edited by Mary Jane Rein and Thomas Kühne (Palgrave, 2020) and ‘Those Left Behind: Early Search Efforts in Wartime and Post-war Britain’ in Tracing and Documenting Nazi Victims Past and Present, edited by Henning Borggräfe and Christian Höschler (De Gruyter, 2020).
Exploring Your Jewish Genealogy – Start or Expand Your Family Tree
Sun., April 11 | 2:00pm
Debbie Kroopkin, President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, will share resources available from the convenience of your home computer. She has explored her family history for over two decades and now conducts research for others. She loves the research hunt and connecting with new families – both in person and on paper.
Debbie Kroopkin is currently the President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. She has explored her family history for over two decades and now conducts research for others. She has discovered her family origins in Ukraine, Poland and Belarus. Debbie has traced her clients’ families to towns in these countries, as well as Lithuania, Moldova, and Romania and more. She loves the research hunt and connecting with new families – both in person and on paper. She has a master’s degree in social work administration with grant writing, interagency collaboration and program planning experience.
This program is proudly supported by the Israel Engagement Fund: A JCC Association of North America Program Accelerator, made possible by the generosity of several committed donors.