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San Antonio Public Library’s The Holocaust: Learn & Remember Annual Observance to be Commemorated with Virtual Programs Throughout January

SAN ANTONIO (January 6, 2021) – The San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) and the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio (HMMSA) will host a variety of online programs throughout January as part of the ninth annual, The Holocaust: Learn & Remember program series. The Holocaust: Learn & Remember is an annual initiative created to enlighten and educate the community on the importance of promoting tolerance and inspiring acceptance while remembering those who were lost in this horrific moment in history. 

 

This year’s Learn & Remember series theme, “Isolation in the Holocaust”, will feature an online exhibit, online programs including presentations by  Holocaust survivors, a Take-and-Make kit available through Contact-Free Pickup at all library locations, and more. 

 

Visit guides.mysapl.org/holocaustremembrance for more information on the series and to view the online exhibit. Additionally, here is a promotional video with further details on this year’s programs https://youtu.be/k_YHF2klljk.
 

Schedule of Events 

All events and registration links can be found at https://guides.mysapl.org/holocaustremembrance. 
 

“Discrimination and Isolation During the Holocaust” - Online Exhibit 

Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio 

January 4-31, 2021 

hmmsa.org/learn-remember-exhibit  

 

Holocaust Remembrance Walk

Semmes Branch Library - 15060 Judson Rd., 78247

Through January 31st

 

As a part of The Holocaust: Learn & Remember series this year, we invite you to visit Semmes Branch Library to view a Holocaust Remembrance Walk. This Walk features images and text from this year’s online The Holocaust: Learn & Remember exhibit. As you view the images and read the text, we hope that you learn more about the trauma, isolation, and discrimination that victims of the Holocaust experienced. The Holocaust Remembrance Walk will be available at Semmes Branch Library through January 31st. Please practice social distancing as you share the grounds with other visitors.

 

Public Speaking Programs (presented online) 

 

Isolation at Wobbelin Concentration Camp 

Dr. Roger Barnes - University of the Incarnate Word  

  • Wednesday, January 6 | 7PM 
  • Wednesday, January 13 | 7PM 
  • Wednesday, January 20 | 7PM 

  

Life in the Secret Annex:  Challenges for survival for Anne Frank  

Gene Festa - Docent from Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio Presentation  

  • Thursday, January 7 | 7PM
  • Sunday, January 10 | 3PM
  • Thursday, January 14 | 3PM

  

Hiding: In the Attic and in Plain Sight 

Liz Reichman - Docent from Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio  

  • Wednesday, January 6 | 3PM
  • Tuesday, January 12 | 6PM
  • Thursday, January 21 | 10AM 

  

Isolation and Social Death in Nazi Germany 

Dr. Edward B. Westermann - Texas A&M University-San Antonio (Professor of History) 

  • Monday, January 11 | 2PM & 7PM

 
Jews Hiding in Plain Sight 

Reyna Stovall - Docent from Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio 

  • Thursday, January 14 | 7PM
  • Thursday, January 21 | 7PM

  

Holocaust Survivor’s Story of Isolation (to be translated into Spanish) 

Pieter Kohnstam - Holocaust Survivor from Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect 

  • Tuesday, January 19 | 6PM
  • This program will be presented in Spanish

 

Mr. Kohnstam, a Holocaust Survivor, lived in the same apartment complex as Anne Frank and later escaped to Buenos Aires. 

 

Closing Event  

Evi Blaikie - Organization: Holocaust Survivor from Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect 

 

  • Wednesday, January 27 | 6PM (International Holocaust Remembrance Day)

 

Evi Blaikie was born just a year before the outbreak of WWII in Paris, France, to Hungarian Jewish parents. When the Germans invaded, her parents were deported and she was smuggled to Hungary to live with her mother's relatives. In 1944, when the Germans invaded Hungary, Evi, her mother, who had escaped from deportation, went into hiding for a harrowing year until they were liberated by the Soviet Army. Following liberation, and the disappearance of her father and most of her family, Evi and her mother returned to France, where she was placed in the Anna Szenes orphanage. Two years later they immigrated to England where Evi was sent to the Norwood Jewish orphanage, but managed to get a scholarship to the prestigious Saint Martin-in-the Field Hight School for girls. In 1991, Evi was instrumental in founding a group called the Hungarian Hidden Children of NY, Inc.  In 2003, she published her memoir, Magda's Daughter, followed in 2010 by, Remember Us, an anthology of short stories by Hidden Children. Her wartime experiences are shown in the just released documentary of the same name. 

 

 

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The San Antonio Public Library: changing lives through the power of information, imagination, and ideas.  

For more than 110 years, the award-winning San Antonio Public Library (SAPL), has been a vital center for free learning, knowledge, communication, culture and enjoyment within the City of San Antonio and for all Bexar County residents. The Library system is comprised of a world-class Central Library, 28 branch libraries and a library outlet at the Briscoe Western Art Museum. Collections include an extensive collection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies and music as well as physical items such as printed books and DVDs. All locations are hubs for Wi-Fi broadband access and provide access to computers and other digital technology. In addition, Central Library and branches offer programs to serve the needs and interests of the community, including programs for all ages that support early childhood literacy, education, culture and economic development. For more information, visit mysapl.org. Be sure to like us on Facebook at The-San-Antonio-Public-Library and follow us on Twitter @mysapl.  

 

San Antonio: America’s 21st Century City 

San Antonio is a global city with a dynamic economy and workforce, a deep cultural heritage and diverse communities that are resilient and welcoming. It is one of the strongest fiscally managed cities in the country, nurturing entrepreneurship, encouraging investment and funding infrastructure. America’s seventh-largest city offers a vibrant business climate and growth opportunities in bioscience, financial services, aerospace, cybersecurity, energy, transportation, manufacturing and healthcare. In 2015, UNESCO designated San Antonio’s 18th century Spanish colonial missions as a World Heritage Site – the first in Texas. Proudly called Military City, USA®, San Antonio is home to one of the largest populations of active duty military, veterans and crucial military commands. For more information, visit www.sanantonio.gov. 

 

About The Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio  

The Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio is dedicated to educating our community about the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy. Through our exhibits and educational programing, we honor the memory of the six million Jews and other innocent victims of the Holocaust and the inspirational legacy of those who survived. 

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