HAWC's first DC event of the year will take place on SATURDAY, MARCH 16th at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum at 12pm. The event will feature a multimedia presentation on the Jewish community in Greece before the Holocaust. If you are interested in attending the event, please RSVP to Vicki Georges at firstname.lastname@example.org. The event includes lunch and is $20/person. You mail either pay at the door or send a check to:
Hellenic American Women's Council
1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
The diverse collection of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum includes original films, recordings, oral histories, photographs and other artifacts depicting the prewar Jewish life in Greece. These items form the basis of the Museum’s collection. Staff from the Museum’s National Institute for Holocaust Documentation will present about the Sephardic Communities and the Holocaust Initiative by highlighting some of its unique collections, including beautiful black and white and color home movies shot in Kastoria, Greece right before the war, as well as photos and oral testimonies. This behind-the-scenes look into the Museum’s collections will provide a rare glimpse into the lives of the Greek Jewish community before the Holocaust.
The National Institute for Holocaust Documentation collects artifacts, documents, photographs, film, music, and oral testimonies to document the events of the Holocaust and understand the relevance of this history in our own time. Part of the collection includes original artifacts of Sephardic Jews—from Greece, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, and throughout Europe and North Africa—who suffered displacement, persecution, or discrimination under the rule of Nazi Germany and its Axis partners between 1938 and 1945. Items that belonged to the victims, survivors, and witnesses tell their stories, testify to their experiences, and preserve their history. The Museum is in a race against time to rescue these artifacts before the eyewitness generations are no longer with us.
Leslie Swift, Chief, Film, Oral History, and Recorded Sound, National Institute for Holocaust Documentation, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Jaime Monllor, International Outreach Officer, National Institute for Holocaust Documentation, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
The schedule is as follows:
12pm -- Lunch in Classroom A on the Concourse Level of the Museum
1-2:30pm -- Presentation in the Helena Rubinstein Auditorium, Q&A to follow