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From the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Jewish Community Relations Council Fall 2020 Holocaust Education Newsletter



Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)*

Sunday, November 8, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

“Kristallnacht and Veterans Day: A Story From the War” with Ambassador John L. Withers II discussing his book Balm In Gilead: A Story from the War (see suggested books below).

Click here to register

For more information on this program, please contact

*In partnership with ADL, ADL’s Black-Jewish Alliance, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, American Jewish Committee, Council for Relationships, Delaware Valley Veterans Consortium, and Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation


Mid-Atlantic – Eurasia Business Council
Tuesday, November 10, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Celebration of the Life and Accomplishments of Carl Lutz
This time marks the 75th anniversary of Carl Lutz’s great feat to save over 50,000 lives from the Holocaust during his tenure as Vice-Consul at the Swiss Embassy in Budapest. To register in advance for this free webinar go to Carl Lutz Nov 10 event.


Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center (HAMEC)*

Tuesday, November 10, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

“From Kristallnacht/Pogromnacht to Liberation” – Survivor Ernie Gross and liberator Don Greenbaum will share their experiences in honor of the 75th anniversary of the liberation.

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For more information:

*In partnership with Main Line Reform Congregation and Jewish War Veterans Post 697.


Gratz College

Sunday, November 15, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

“From Bamberg to Baltimore: The Sacki Family Escapes Nazi Germany, 1935-1945”

Webinar presentation by Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D.

For more information and to register, see or contact Mindy Cohen at



Greater Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival (GPJFF)

Please note: The following films are open to PA, NJ, & DE residents only. For all films in the Festival, go to GPJFF Fall Fest 2020.

—-“When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit” – streaming on demand November 9, 5:00 p.m. for 48 hours.

Feature film based on award-winning, semi-autobiographical novel by Judith Kerr. 9-year-old Anna and her family struggle to flee Nazi Germany to safety in Switzerland and England. In German, Swiss German, French and English with English subtitles. For further information and tickets, go to GPJFF Pink Rabbit.

—-“My Name is Sara” – streaming on demand November 9, 8:00 p.m. for 48 hours.

Feature film based on the true story of 11-year-old Ukrainian Jewish girl who borrows her best friend’s Christian identity to find safety in the countryside. Dangerous secrets in her employer’s family put her at great risk. For further information and tickets, go to GPJFF Name is Sara.


U.S Holocaust Memorial Museum

“Holy Silence” — Reconsidering the Catholic Church and the Holocaust.

November 10, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Discussants include Dr. Suzanne Brown-Fleming (USHMM), Dr. Adam Gregerman, (Saint Joseph’s University), Steven Pressman (Director), and Dr. Kevin Spicer (Stonehill College). Thought-provoking documentary examines the role of Vatican and US leaders in shaping the Church’s response to the rising Nazi threat, Link to film

provided for participants to view independently November 6-9. Go to USHMM Holy Silence.



Institute for Jewish Catholic Relations (ICJR) – Saint Joseph’s University

—-“American Antisemitism in Historical Perspective”

Sunday, October 25, 2020, 3:00 p.m.

With speaker Dr. Jonathan D. Sarna of Brandeis University and Chief Historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia

For details and registration, go to SJU ICJR American Antisemitism in Perspective.

—-“Questions about the Holocaust the Vatican’s World War II Archives Could Help Answer”

Monday, November 9, 2020, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

With speaker Dr. Suzanne Brown-Fleming of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
For details and registration, go to SJU ICJR Vatican WW II Archives program.

For more information on future ICJR programming, go to SJU ICJR Events.