A Day of Learning with the South Park Regional Library

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You are invited to join us for a day of learning centered around two engaging books. The first book is the memoir of Leon Leyson, one of the youngest of the children on Schindler’s List to survive the Holocaust. Suitable for middle and high school students, Leon’s story brings the reader into the fear and hope woven throughout his young life.

The second book follows the parallel journeys of Rachel Genuth, a poor Jewish teenager from Sighet (the same village where Elie Wiesel lived), and H. L. Glyn Hughes, a high-ranking military doctor in the British Second Army. Written by Rachel’s daughter, this book ties together the events unfolding as the Nazis intensified the mass murder Jews as Allied troops landed at the beaches of Normandy and pushed west. The stories of Rachel and Dr. Hughes converge in Bergen-Belsen, where Rachel fights for her life and Dr. Hughes struggles to save thousands on the brink of death. This book includes graphic descriptions of military casualties and concentration camp atrocities and is suitable for an older audience.

Sign up for one, or more, of the offerings:

For Educators: 9 am – 12 pm at the Queens University Sports Complex (Tyvola Road)

This half day professional development session introduces educators to the two books and offers interactive ways to bring them to your students. Author Bernice Lerner will join us to speak about taking a leap of the moral imagination in teaching/reading Holocaust stories. What are the possibilities for moving and inspiring students to act justly and courageously? What are the limits to our understanding? She will give illustrative examples of choices (displays of habits of mind and heart) made by the liberator and by those who endured Hitler’s scourge.

Space is limited, so register today!

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For Middle and High School Youth: 6 – 6:45 pm, virtual

You have read about what it was like to be a persecuted Jewish person during the Holocaust. You might have heard from a Holocaust survivor. But, have you ever wondered what it is like to be a Jewish teenager today? Join us virtually to hear from the Greenspon Center’s Student to Student team as they share their expereinces of beign Jewish. The teens on this team will tell you about how they celebrate holidays, what their favorite foods are, and what they believe. Lots of time provided for Q&A!

Email Donna Tarney to register!


For Everyone: 7 – 8:30 pm, virtual

Join our virtual evening conversation with Bernice Lerner, author of the book All the Horrors of War: A Jewish Girl, A British Doctor, and the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen. She will share how she came to write the story of her mother, a child survivor of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, and the doctor who became a hero to survivors. This presentation sheds light on those who encountered survivors of the Holocaust during liberation and how that encounter changed them forever. Time will be given for Q&A.

For more information and to register CLICK HERE.


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