Commemorating the Holocaust

A variety of events and programs have been planned in and around Pittsburgh

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Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project is a collaborative effort of the Holocaust Center of the United Jewish Federation and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. PBT, which will present "Light" Nov. 12-15 at the Byham Theater, Downtown, partnered with a several Pittsburgh organizations to create educational programming and inspire a community-wide dialogue about the Holocaust.

Upcoming events:

Rauh Jewish Archives exhibit commemorating Pittsburgh Holocaust survivors, today through Nov. 30, Sen. John Heinz History Center, Strip District (412-454-6305).

"Hitler Youth," an exhibit developed in Germany, tomorrow through Dec. 14, Jewish Community Center, Kaufman Building, Squirrel Hill. Opening-night keynote speech by William Meineke of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 7 p.m., tomorrow (412-421-1500).

"Education in the Third Reich," a symposium on Nazi youth inculcation, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. tomorrow, United Jewish Federation Holocaust Center. Lecture by William Meinecke of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. $30 fee includes lunch and materials (412-421-1500).

"Of Faith and Kristallnacht," a panel discussion with keynote speaker Dr. Robert Ericksen, Pacific Lutheran University; Sister Gemma del Duca, National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education at Seton Hill University; and the Rev. Don Green, executive director of Christian Associates of Southwestern Pennsylvania; among others. 7 p.m., Wednesday, The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Monroeville (412-421-1500).

"The Use of Comic Books in Teaching the Holocaust," a lecture by Beverly Harris-Schenz of the University of Pittsburgh German Department, on teaching the Holocaust to German students. 8 p.m., Thursday, Jewish Community Center (412-421-1500).

"Brundibar," a children's opera originally performed by the children of Theresienstadt concentration camp, adapted by Maurice Sendak and Tony Kushner, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh. Friday through next Sunday, CAPA Theater, Downtown (412-456-6666).

"No. 4 Street of Our Lady," film about a Polish Catholic woman who hid her Jewish neighbors during World War II. Filmmakers from Penn State include the granddaughter of a survivor.Part of the Three Rivers Film Festival; 8 p.m. Nov. 14, Harris Theater, Downtown; 2 p.m. Nov. 15, Melwood Screening Room, Oakland.

Carnegie-Mellon Philharmonic presents a concert of works by prominent European-Jewish composers banned during the Nazi regime, 8 p.m. Nov. 9, Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland. Tickets $5, $4 for seniors and free to college students with ID (412-268-2383).

"German Jewish Immigrants and their Contributions to American Film" features a lecture by Lucy Fischer, University of Pittsburgh film and English professor, 4 p.m., Nov. 10, Frick Fine Arts Building (412-421-1500).

"Remembrances of Kristallnacht" with survivor Fritz Ottenheimer, followed by a showing of documentary "Cinema's Exiles: From Hitler to Hollywood," 7 p.m. Nov. 11, Frick Fine Arts Building (412-421-1500).

Poland Personally, the private stories of 26 students and teachers in the Agency for Jewish Learning's Poland Study Tours. Nov. 12-15, Byham Theater.

"Student Holocaust Museum," an exhibit created by eighth-graders that follows the lives of Holocaust survivors. Nov. 12-15, Byham Theater; Nov. 20-Jan. 15, Winchester Thurston School Gallery, Shadyside.

For project schedule, go to

First Published November 1, 2009 4:00 AM


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