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AUG 20

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Museum Tour

Tours are led by docents and offer an overview of the history of the Holocaust through close observation of Museum artifacts and documents. Museum tours last 45 minutes to an hour.

AUG 20

3:00pm

Holocaust Survivor Talk: Bob Geminder

Bob Geminder was born in 1935 in Wroclaw, Poland. Upon the outbreak of war, Bob’s family was forcibly relocated to Stanislawow, a city then under Soviet occupation. The family’s fate worsened in 1941 when Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union. Stanislawow fell under heavy bombing, during which time his father suffered a fatal heart attack. His mother soon remarried, and worked with her husband to protect Bob and his brother. The four of them eventually made their way to Warsaw, where after the Uprising, they were sent to Auschwitz. Just before the train arrived, they managed to escape, and hid until they were liberated by Soviet troops in January 1945. Bob’s family left Poland for the United States in 1947, where he eventually worked as an engineer and a teacher.

Holocaust Survivor talks last 45 minutes to an hour, and end with a question and answer session with the Survivor. 

AUG 23

11:30am

Holocaust Survivor Talk: Eva Brettler

Eva was born in 1936 in Cluj, Romania. In 1940, Nazi Germany annexed this part of Romania to Hungary. When Nazi Germany invaded Hungary in 1944, Eva and her mother hid under false names. They were soon discovered and deported to Ravensbruck Concentration Camp. Her mother did not survive the journey to the camp. In March 1945, Eva and other inmates were sent to Bergen Belsen, where she was eventually liberated by British troops. She returned to Hungary alone, and two years later discovered that her father had survived, remarried and had a new son. Her family immigrated to the United States in 1957. They settled in Los Angeles where Eva married a fellow Holocaust Survivor and raised four children.

 

Holocaust Survivor talks last 45 minutes to an hour, and end with a question and answer session with the Survivor.

AUG 25

11:30am

Holocaust Survivor Talk: Joe Alexander

Joe was born in 1922 in Kowal, Poland. At the beginning of the war, his family lived in Blonie, Poland and then were sent to the Warsaw Ghetto. Joe’s father bribed some guards to let Joe and two of his siblings escape back to Kowal. This was the last time he saw the rest of his family. From Kowal, Joe was sent to different concentration camps including Auschwitz-Birkenau. Towards the end of the war, he was sent on a death march. He was liberated by American troops in 1945. He immigrated to the United States in 1949 where he married and had three children.

Holocaust Survivor talks last 45 minutes to an hour, and end with a question and answer session with the Survivor.

AUG 26

2:30pm

Holocaust Survivor Talk: Diana Mitchell & Robert Vars

Siblings Diana Mitchell and Robert Vars were children when they were forced to leave their apartment and move into the Warsaw Ghetto with their mother. After the war, the family settled in Los Angeles.

Their father, Henry Vars, was an acclaimed film composer, whose music will be performed at Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust at 4:00 pm on August 26.  Join us before the concert, at 2:30 pm, as Diana and Robert talk about their experiences during World War II and answer questions.

PLEASE NOTE: The talk is open to the public and no reservations are required. Reserved tickets are required for admission to the concert at 4:00 pm. Click here to reserve tickets.

AUG 26

4:00pm

Jazz Concert: Darek Oleszkiewicz Trio Plays Music of Henry Vars

AUG 27

9:30am - 3:30pm

Educators Workshop: Film and Archives of World War II and the Holocaust

AUG 27

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Exhibit Opening: Filming the Camps

AUG 30

11:30am

Holocaust Survivor Talk: James Bachner

We are honored to welcome James Bachner to Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust for his first time speaking here. Born in Berlin, Germany in 1922, James spent the war in various camps throughout Poland and Germany, including Auschwitz-Birkenau and Dachau. He lives in Thousand Oaks, California and speaks regularly throughout the community.

Holocaust Survivor talks last 45 minutes to an hour, and end with a question and answer session with the Survivor.  

AUG 30

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Film Screening and Q&A: From Hollywood to Nuremberg

SEP 1

11:30am

Holocaust Survivor Talk: Dr. Avraham Perlmutter

Avraham was born in Vienna, Austria in 1927. After Kristallnacht, his parents sent him and his sister on a Kindertransport to The Netherlands. When the Second World War broke out, he was captured and spent years escaping and hiding. After the war, Avraham migrated to Israel where he fought in the War for Independence in 1948. He later moved to the United States, where he started a family and earned a PhD in Aeronautical Engineering.

SEP 3

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Museum Tour

Tours are led by docents and offer an overview of the history of the Holocaust through close observation of Museum artifacts and documents. Museum tours last 45 minutes to an hour.

SEP 3

3:00pm

Holocaust Survivor Talk: Renee Firestone

Renee grew up in Uzhorod, Czechoslovakia, an area annexed to Hungary in 1938. When Nazi Germany invaded Hungary in 1944, hundreds of thousands of Jews, including Renee’s family, were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Renee was imprisoned at Auschwitz-Birkenau and different labor camps around Europe and was eventually liberated by Soviet troops in May 1945. She has been actively involved with LAMOTH, and continues to speak all over the world about her experiences and about genocide.

Holocaust Survivor talks last 45 minutes to an hour, and end with a question and answer session with the Survivor. 

SEP 10

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Museum Tour

Tours are led by docents and offer an overview of the history of the Holocaust through close observation of Museum artifacts and documents. Museum tours last 45 minutes to an hour.

SEP 10

3:00pm

Holocaust Survivor Talk: Ernest Braunstein

Ernest Braunstein was born in 1924 and was raised in Oradea, Romania. When he was 17, he moved to Budapest, Hungary. While he was living there, the pro-Nazi government sent him to a labor camp in Yugoslavia. In the wake of a Soviet military advance, he and other prisoners were sent to Germany and then to Auschwitz-Birkenau. From Auschwitz, Ernest was sent to Sachsenhausen where he was liberated in 1945. 

Holocaust Survivor talks last 45 minutes to an hour, and end with a question and answer session with the Survivor.