The Optimists: Story of the Rescue of Bulgarian Jews from the Holocaust
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Fifty thousand Jews lived in Bulgaria before WWII. Fifty thousand Jews survived because their Bulgarian Christian and Muslim neighbors found ways to protect them, despite the efforts of the Bulgarian government to meet the Nazis' demands to turn over their Jews. Bulgaria's experience offers valuable insight into how we can mobilize to protect human rights and civil rights today.
The Righteous Enemy
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
This essential film explores how and why Italian officials subverted Mussolini's orders to comply with German plans for Jewish annihilation and saved 40,000 Jews in Yugoslavia, France and Greece from deportation to concentration camps. The film seeks to understand the motives behind these acts of conscience and demonstrates that individual morality can play a powerful role in history.
In Our Own Hands
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The hidden story of Britain's formation of the Jewish Brigade, the only all-Jewish fighting unit, formed in 1944 to fight in Italy. After Germany's surrender, Brigade members worked to get Jews , a route to the Middle East; this involved challenging rules and authorities--with the end result that the Brigade was disbanded by British leaders. However, the intense WWII training made these men leaders in the 1948 War of Independence that led to the creation of the Israeli nation-state.
Featuring discussions and Q&A led by co-founders of Chhange, Dr. Seymour Siegler, Ed. D, and Professor Jack Needle.
Seymour Siegler, Ed.D is a retired Professor of Psychology and Human Services at Brookdale Community College. In May 1979, he, along with Professor Jack Needle, founded the organization now named the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education at Brookdale Community College. Dr. Siegler is a former member of the NJ Commission on Holocaust Education, former Chair of the NJ ADL Education Committee and frequent presenter at conferences of the Association of Holocaust Organizations, Council for Holocaust Education, and Scholar's Conference. Professor Jack Needle is a recognized scholar of the Holocaust and World War II. He received more than a dozen fellowships and scholarships during his academic career, including a Fulbright to the University of Jordan, an English-Speaking Union Scholarship to Oxford University in Great Britain and a scholarship from the NJ Commission of Holocaust Education to study at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem in 1987.
Brookdale Community College
Chhange Center, next to Bankier Library
All films are 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Professional Development hours are available for educators.
Tickets: $3 per event or $8 for the series / Chhange Members and BCC Students: Free
Pre-registration is available.
Payment can be made to the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education by check in advance or at the door.
Credit cards are not accepted.
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