"Hearing one person tell their story gave a completely different perspective to what happened, as it wasn't about statistics or about a nation as a whole, but one person who lost his family and home." ~O. Avery (student)
Upcoming Community Events
Thursday, March 20th, 2014
St. Joseph's University, McShain Hall, 5th Floor, Haub Executive Suite,
When Racism and Theology Mix
In the late 19th and in the 20th century, the widespread attitude of Catholics and other Christians was that Jews were divinely destined to suffer and be on the margins of society. As this presentation will show, this sentiment contributed to the growing power of racial antisemitism, making the lives of Jews in Europe more precarious.
Guest Speaker: Kevin Spicer, C.S.C., Ph.D., a priest in the Congregation of the Holy Cross, is the James. J. Kenneally Distinguished Professor of History, Stonehill College, Easton, MA, and the author of "Hitler's Priests: Catholic Clergy and National Socialism" and "Resisting the Third Reich: The Catholic Clergy in Hitler's Berlin".
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
The Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, 19103
Survival in Sarajevo
Centropa Teacher Workshop
In partnership with The Consortium of Holocaust Educators of Greater Philadelphia & the Free Library of Philadelphia
Some people said that Jews, Muslims, Serbian Orthodox and Catholic Croats could never work together. This is the story of the people who didn’t get the memo.
During the Bosnian-Serb siege of Sarajevo (1992-1995), a small band of Holocaust survivors and their families worked with their Muslim, Serbian Orthodox and Croatian neighbors to turn the city’s last standing synagogue into a free and open house for all.
In this European war, Jews were not the victims. In this war, Jews worked alongside Muslims and Christians to stand against hate–and that’s why Survival in Sarajevo is a story for our time.
Join us on April 2, for a teacher’s workshop like no other: you’ll visit the Survival in Sarajevo exhibition, explore Centropa’s materials about 20th century European history, and begin writing a lesson using Centropa’s short multimedia films.
Centropa, a Vienna-based Jewish historical institute, interviewed 1,200 Holocaust survivors in Central and Eastern Europe. They have shared their stories - and their old pictures - of the entire century, from the small comedies of everyday life to the great tragedies that befell them. 500 schools in 18 countries use Centropa materials.
Our sources are free and found at www.centropa.org.