32nd Anniversary Dinner
Sunday, October 30 at 5:30 pm
We are excited to announce our 32nd Anniversary Dinner Speaker: Dr. Deborah Lipstadt! Join us for an elegant evening on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 5:30 pm at Congregation Shaarey Zedek (map) featuring a strolling buffet and an inspiring presentation about Lipstadt's historic legal battle against Holocaust denial and her upcoming Hollywood movie about it, Denial.
That evening, we will honor Rozie and Bernie Friedman. U.S. District Judge Bernard A. Friedman is widely admired as a guardian of justice and a protector of human rights. His ruling that Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, extending marriage rights to all who wish to marry. Rozanne Friedman is a caring and skilled psychotherapist, who has helped many people gain tools to cope with life’s challenges. We recognize these community leaders for their dedication to our shared ideals of standing up for equality and fighting against oppression.
Click here to download our form for buying dinner tickets, placing an ad or making a gift. Names of all supporters of $720+ will be listed on the dinner invitation (deadline August 19). For additional information, please call Ruth Stern at 248.536.9601 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Governor Snyder visits HMC
On June 27, 2016, the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus welcomed Governor Rick Snyder for a ceremonial signing of the Revised School Code, House Bill 4493, a new law which requires that social studies curriculum for grades 8 to 12 include six total hours of age- and grade- appropriate instruction about genocide, including the Holocaust.
“Our next generation of leaders needs to have the wherewithal to recognize and help prevent widespread harm to their fellow men and women,” said Governor Snyder. “Teaching the students of Michigan about the Holocaust and genocide is important because we should remember and learn about these terrible events in our past while continuing to work toward creating a more tolerant society.”
This legislation has been a priority for the Holocaust Memorial Center, which played an integral role in the development of the group Genocide and Holocaust Education Now! (GHEN), which drafted the original bill, garnered support in both Michigan Houses, chose sponsors and steered the bill until it became law.
“By educating future generations, we can prevent these atrocities from happening again and use these lessons to create positive, empowering actions to combat hate, bigotry and bullying that takes place today.” said Cheryl Guyer, Interim Executive Director, Holocaust Memorial Center.
According to a study, Michigan youth ages 18-25 who attended a Michigan high school had only minimal knowledge about the Holocaust and even more limited knowledge about other genocides. The study also found that only a small percentage of the respondents had been taught about the moral lessons to be learned from genocides.
“Through education we need to inspire our children to become empathetic and tolerant members of society capable of acting appropriately when faced with moral dilemmas,” added Lori Talsky Zekelman, founding member of GHEN and supporter of the Holocaust Memorial Center.
Dr. Henry Krystal
Join us on Thursday, August 25 at 7:00 pm for An Evening in Memory of Dr. Henry Krystal's Life and Work. Dr. Henry Krystal was a Holocaust survivor and renowned psychoanalyst who created trauma therapy as a specialized field. He died at age 90 on October 8, 2015. As a professor of psychiatry at MSU, he found that the major symptoms in victims of trauma were frequently overlooked. His research led to pioneering approaches to treating post-traumatic stress disorder involving biofeedback and cognitive psychotherapy, and to the concept of survivor guilt. Our current understanding of Post-traumatic stress disorder is based on Dr. Krystal's groundbreaking work. He interviewed thousands of Holocaust survivors applying for reparations and convinced Germany to pay compensation to them for psychological disability. He also dedicated himself to the needs of the children of survivors.
Guest Speaker Dr. Eva Fogelman will speak about Post-Holocaust Generations: Myths and Realities. Dr. Fogelman is a psychologist, writer, filmmaker, and a pioneer in the treatment of the psychological effects of the Holocaust. She was among the first psychotherapists to lead groups for children of Holocaust survivors and was involved in the creation of the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust. Dr. Fogelman co-founded what is now the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, providing monthly stipends to 1,600 rescuers in 26 countries. She is the writer and co-producer of the award-winning documentary Breaking the Silence: The Generation After the Holocaust (PBS) and the Pulitzer Prize-nominated book Conscience and Courage: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust.
♦ This evening is made possible through the generosity of Mickey Shapiro.
♦ Dessert reception provided by Quality Kosher Catering.
♦ There is no charge.
♦ RSVPs are required by August 18 to 248.553.2400 x112 or email@example.com
Holocaust by Bullets
On view June 14 through December 30, 2016
Between 1941 and 1944, 2.2 million Jews and Roma were executed by Nazi mobile killing units. Yahad - In Unum has identified 1,893 execution sites in 7 countries and videotaped 4,714 eyewitness testimonies. The Holocaust Memorial Center is pleased to present Holocaust by Bullets, a powerful exhibit which showcases Father Patrick Desbois and Yahad - In Unum's historic undertaking to ensure that these victims won't be forgotten. Learn more >
Join us for one of the exciting programs featuring the Holocaust by Bullets exhibit! You can learn more about these opportunities, admission, and RSVP, here >
Michigan's Holocaust Museum
Illuminating the past. Enlightening the future.