September 8-October 20
A Special Exhibit From The Mémorial De La Shoah, Paris, France
Hélène Berr was a young Jewish French woman whose future was cut short by Vichy government's laws and the extermination plan imagined by the Nazis. The exhibit is based on her journal, composed between 1942-1944. During that time, Berr wrote in her journal every day, alternating between hope and despair, until she was arrested and deported to Auschwitz. The exhibit follows her steps through Paris under the German occupation and goes beyond the framework of the journal as it broadens the context of the occupation and addresses the persecution of the Jews in France. The Journal of Hélène Berr was published in 2008 and is available at the library.
Monday, September 8, 7 p.m.
Remarks by the the Consulate General of France in Chicago and Jacques Fredj, Executive Director of Mémorial de la Shoah
Lecture by Dr. Michael Marrus, Professor Emeritus of Holocaust Studies, University of Toronto
Exhibit Viewing and reception follow.
TELL YOUR STORY
An Introduction to Memoir Writing
Monday, September 15, 7 p.m.
Inspired by Hélène Berr’s journal written during WWII, writer Jennifer Dotson shares strategies for writing your own memoir and tips for getting started.
From Hollywood To Nuremberg: John Ford, Samuel Fuller, George Stevens
Sunday, September 21, 2 p.m.
Historian and filmmaker Christian Delage relates the story of three great filmmakers sent to Europe to document the realities of war and the liberation of the camps. Their footage was used as evidence during the Nuremberg trials. Christian Delage will speak about the film via Skype.
FOR TEACHERS AND EDUCATORS
HISTORY OF THE JEWS IN FRANCE UNDER THE VICHY REGIME
A free one-day workshop for teachers and educators organized by Mémorial de la Shoah
Sunday, September 7, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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