Friday, May 2, 2014

Commemoration of Yom Hashoah Confronting the Holocaust: The United States Response—SS. St. Louis and the 70th Anniversary of the Holocaust in Hungary

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The JGSCV will hold a general meeting, co–sponsored with Temple Adat Elohim, on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at Temple Adat Elohim 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA1:30-3:30 p.m.

The Program:             Commemoration of Yom Hashoah
                                           Confronting the Holocaust:
                          The United States Response—SS. St. Louis and the            
                                 70th Anniversary of the Holocaust in Hungary

Each year JGSCV commemorates Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) with a special   
program. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s [USHMM] 2014 theme for Days  
of Remembrance is Confronting the Holocaust: American Responses-both action and inaction 
in the face of the refugee crisis in 1939 and the 70th anniversary of the deportation of Hungarian         Jews.

In May 1939, a passenger liner, the SS St. Louis, carrying 937 people—almost all of them German Jews fleeing Nazi persecution—left Hamburg, Germany, for Havana, Cuba. The ship had landing permits to enter Cuba which were invalidated before the ship arrived in Havana. For 30 days the St. Louis wandered the seas and was refused haven by every country in the Americas including the United States. Attempts to enter the US were unsuccessful and pleas to President Roosevelt were unheeded. This was a few months before the War broke out in Europe. The ship returned to Europe where many passengers ended dying in the holocaust.

Documentary: JGSCV will be showing the documentary, The Voyage of the St. Louis* which tells the story of the infamous St. Louis episode as recalled by passengers who made the crossing as children and in readings from the diary of the ship’s captain.

Speaker: Clara Knopfler, Holocaust survivor. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz-Birkenau, Knopfler will recount the brutality of her family's journey from a Jewish ghetto, to the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Riga-where she lost her father, brother and 37 other members of her family. Knopfler will also sell her book, I Am Still Here, My Mother's Voice.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County is dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy and family history.

There is no charge to attend the meeting.  Anyone may join JGSCV. Annual dues are $25 for an individual and $30 for a family.

*Showing the Voyage of the St. Louis is made possible through the National Center for Jewish Film www.jewishfilm.org

For more information contact: information@JGSCV.org  See the website for more information and directions: www.jgscv.org
 


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