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4/27/2016 Member News
The FHM Announces Week of Remembrance Schedule of Events

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THE FHM ANNOUNCES WEEK OF REMEMBRANCE PROGRAM SCHEDULE OF EVENTS TO COINCIDE WITH YOM HASHOAH VE-HAGEVURAH



April 26, 2016 [St. Petersburg, FL] -- In observance of Yom HaShoah Ve-Hagevurah, The FHM is hosting a number of programs to commemorate the lives of Jews persecuted and murdered during the Holocaust.

The United States Congress established the Week of Remembrance as the nation's annual commemoration of the Holocaust. Each year state and local governments, military bases, workplaces, schools, religious organizations, and civic centers host observances and remembrance activities for their communities.


The FHM's Week of Remembrance Program Schedule:

Sunday, May 1, 2016
Screening of An Unknown Country

Monday, May 2, 2016
Voices of Survivors
Incident at Vichy Film Screening & Celebrity Panel Discussion

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Give Day Tampa Bay

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Voices of Survivors
Yom HaShoah Commemorative Ceremony


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Screening of An Unknown Country at Sunscreen Film Festival
Sunday, May 1, 2016 @ 4:00 p.m.
American Stage Theatre


The screening of An Unknown Country at The Sunscreen Film Festival is co-sponsored by the Florida Holocaust Museum. The Museum's Executive Director, Elizabeth Gelman, will welcome viewers to the film and introduce the film's Director, Eva Zelig.

The documentary, An Unknown Country, tells the story of European Jews who escaped
Nazi persecution to find refuge in an unlikely destination: Ecuador, a South American country barely known at the time. The film follows the exiles' perilous escape and difficult adjustment as they remake their lives in an exotic, unfamiliar land.

Tickets are $8.00 and can be purchased through TicketLeap HERE.


Voices of Survivors
Monday, May 2, 2016 @ 2:00 p.m.
The Florida Holocaust Museum


The Florida Holocaust Museum, in conjunction with Sumter County, invite the public to hear the story of a local Holocaust Survivor. This free program is open to the public and will take place on Monday, May 2nd at 2:00 p.m. at The Villages Public Library at Pinellas Plaza.

This program includes a live Skype presentation lead by The Florida Holocaust Museum's Senior Educator, Sandy Mermelstein and features the personal testimony of local Holocaust Survivor, Mary Wygodski.

Mary Wygodski was born in Vilna, Poland and raised in a traditional middle class Jewish family. She was just 15 years old in 1941 when the Germans arrived and her family was sent to the Vilna Ghetto. She was separated from her mother and two sisters at a boxcar in 1943 and never saw them again. She endured forced labor and many other atrocities as she passed through a series of concentration camps to include: Riga (Latvia), Shtutthof (East Prussia) and Magdeburg (Germany). By the end of the war, she was her family's sole survivor.

For additional information, please visit: Voices of Survivors



Incident at Vichy Film Screening & Celebrity Panel Discussion
Monday, May 2, 2016 @ 7:30 p.m.
The Tampa Theatre

The Florida Holocaust Museum is thrilled to present the nation's first public screening and celebrity panel discussion of the 2015 Signature Theatre Off-Broadway revival production Incident at Vichy - an original Arthur Miller play; directed by acclaimed Broadway Director Michael Wilson and starring Emmy Award-winning actor Richard Thomas.

Director Michael Wilson and Vichy Scholar Brian Phillips will lead a post-film panel discussion for this special one-night-only showing of the BroadwayHD filmed play. Emmy Award-winning actor Richard Thomas will participate remotely.

Film Synopsis: In Vichy, France at the height of World War II, nine men and a boy are rounded up under suspicious circumstances. As ominous reports of far-off camps and cattle cars packed with prisoners begin to circulate, the men battle over politics, philosophy and how to escape.

The film screening of the 2015 Signature Theatre Off-Broadway performance will take place on Monday, May 2nd at The Tampa Theatre and is FREE and open to the public, with donations gratefully accepted. Sponsorship opportunities are available, please call (727) 820-0100 x274.

For additional information, please visit: Incident at Vichy



Give Day Tampa Bay
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Online at GiveDayTampaBay.org


The goal of Give Day Tampa Bay is to inspire Tampa Bay residents to come together on this one special day and show their pride in their community by contributing to one of the hundreds of different nonprofit organizations participating. Donations will be accepted in a 24-hour period through Give Day Tampa Bay's secure website.

The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, which has been growing philanthropy in the Tampa Bay area since 1990, pledged to host a region-wide day of giving in celebration of the 100th anniversary of community foundations nationwide. That was in 2014, and that event raised $1.1 million for Tampa Bay area nonprofits. Last year's event raised $1.75 million. This year, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay hopes to raise even more during Give Day Tampa Bay.

For additional information, please visit: Give Day Tampa Bay



Voices of Survivors
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 @ 2:00 p.m.
The Florida Holocaust Museum


The Florida Holocaust Museum, in conjunction with The University of West Florida Historic Trust, invite the public to hear the story of a local Holocaust Survivor. This free program is open to the public and will take place on Wednesday, May 4th at 2:00 p.m at the Voices of Pensacola Multicultural Center.

This program includes a live Skype presentation lead by The Florida Holocaust Museum's Senior Educator, Sandy Mermelstein and features the personal testimony of local Holocaust Survivor, Mary Wygodski.

Mary Wygodski was born in Vilna, Poland and raised in a traditional middle class Jewish family. She was just 15 years old in 1941 when the Germans arrived and her family was sent to the Vilna Ghetto. She was separated from her mother and two sisters at a boxcar in 1943 and never saw them again. She endured forced labor and many other atrocities as she passed through a series of concentration camps to include: Riga (Latvia), Shtutthof (East Prussia) and Magdeburg (Germany). By the end of the war, she was her family's sole survivor.

For additional information, please visit: Voices of Survivors



Yom HaShoah Commemorative Ceremony
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 @ 6:30 p.m.
The Florida Holocaust Museum


In observance of Yom HaShoah, The Florida Holocaust Museum, in partnership with the Pinellas County Board of Rabbis and the Tampa Rabbinical Association, will host a commemorative ceremony and candle lighting by Holocaust Survivors on Wednesday, May 4th at 6:30 p.m., followed by a talk from Martin Goldsmith, author of Alex's Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance. This program is free and open to the public.

Known more commonly outside of Israel as Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah honors the memory of the more than six million Jews who perished during the Holocaust. The full name of the day is Yom HaShoah Ve-Hagevurah or "Day of the Remembrance of the Holocaust and the Heroism" as it also marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

In his latest memoir, Goldsmith traces the experience of his grandfather and uncle aboard the St. Louis. Filled with refugees, the ship crossed the Atlantic in attempts to flee Nazi Germany, but was turned back at every port and sent back to Nazi-occupied Europe. His relatives spent three years in a number of different settlements before ultimately being sent to their deaths in Auschwitz. Seventy years later, Goldsmith followed in their footsteps to bear witness and reconcile his own relationship with the past.

Author Q&A and book signing to conclude this program at The FHM.

Please RSVP to (727) 820-0100 x271.

For additional information, please visit: Yom HaShoah





About the Florida Holocaust Museum

One of the largest Holocaust museums in the country, and one of three nationally accredited Holocaust museums, The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The FHM is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides. The FHM played a critical role in shaping legislation that in 1994 made Florida one of the first states in the nation to mandate Holocaust education in the public schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade. In a collaboration effort between The FHM and the Pinellas County School System, guidelines were developed for K-12 teachers with grade-appropriate instructional goals and bibliography for teaching the Holocaust. These guidelines are used by teachers throughout the nation as well as in Florida. The FHM's renowned Teaching Trunk program sends trunks filled with grade-appropriate, dynamic literature and art-based lessons about the Holocaust, genocide and character education free of charge to classrooms throughout Florida and the continental United States. The FHM-created lesson plans and educational guides on the Holocaust and other genocides can also be found at TheFHM.org.



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