“PERILOUS PASSAGES: Two Journeys to Survival”

“PERILOUS PASSAGES: Two Journeys to Survival”

This year’s Federal Inter-Agency Holocaust Remembrance Program, “Perilous Passages: Two Journeys to Survival,” will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street, NW, Washington, DC, from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The program is free of charge and takes place during the week of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Attendees will have the privilege of hearing from two Holocaust survivors: Thomas Buergenthal and Hans Fisher.

Judge Buergenthal grew up in the Jewish Ghetto of Kielce (Poland) and is one of the youngest survivors of the Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen concentration camps. His memoir, A Lucky Child, describes these experiences and has been published in many countries. Considered one of the world’s leading international human rights experts, he served as a judge on both the International Court of Justice and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, as Dean of Washington College of Law at American University, and as Director of the Human Rights Program of the Carter Center.

Dr. Fisher was born in Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland). In May 1939, six months after Kristallnacht - the night the Nazis subjected thousands of Jews to terror and violence - he fled Germany on the refugee ship, the St. Louis. After Cuba and the United States rejected the ship and its mostly Jewish passengers, he was forced to return to Europe, but eventually made his way back to Cuba and, in 1941, the United States. Dr. Fisher was a professor and innovative researcher at Rutgers University, where he served as Chair of the Department of Nutritional Sciences for 20 years and as Associate Provost.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum defines the Holocaust as the “systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.” The Museum explains that Nazis also targeted and murdered millions of others, including Roma (Gypsies), people with disabilities, Poles, Russians, Afro-Germans, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and homosexuals. In 1980, Congress declared that the Holocaust should be observed throughout the United States each year. Since 1994, thousands of federal employees have participated in this annual Holocaust remembrance program.

Information on how to access the live-streamed broadcast of the program will be available at www.holocaustremembrance.org closer to the program date. The program will include sign language interpreters and the livestream will be captioned. To request reasonable accommodation, please email Wendy Doernberg at WDoernberg@doc.gov by April 22, 2019.

Free Event, No Tickets Required. Admission is first come, first served.

Show starts at 11:30 AM

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