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Remembering the lessons of genocide

Lessons of the Nazi genocide will be offered in three events next year by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Called the 2013 South Florida Speaker and Film Series, the events will be held in the Boca Raton area.

First up on Jan. 9 will be “Our Role in Remembering: Descendants of Survivors,” at the Boca West Country Club, 20583 Boca West Drive. Main speaker will be Mindy Weisel, author of “Daughters of Absence: Transforming a Legacy of Loss.” The daughter of Auschwitz survivors, born in the Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons Camp just after World War II, Weisel will tell how the second generation can ensure that the Holocaust and its lessons are remembered and taught.

On Feb. 21, “Witness to History: Americans Abroad in Hitler's Europe” will be the topic at B’nai Torah Congregation, 6261 SW 18th St., Boca Raton. Speaking will be Andrew Nagorski, author of “Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power.” He will be joined by Arthur Berger, senior advisor at the Holocaust museum. Together, they will offer a glimpse from the perspective of Americans who lived and worked in Berlin during Hitler's rise. Also included will be rarely seen archival footage of the 1920s and 1930s.

Last in the series, on March 13, will be the new documentary “Besa: The Promise,” at the Boca West Country Club. The film tells the unusual story of Muslim Albanians who protected Jewish refugees during World War II. Following the showing, Holocaust survivor and museum employee Johanna Neumann will discuss her own rescue by an Albanian family – an act that cause her to have the family honored as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial.

Each program will be held 7:30-10 p.m. All events cost $18 in advance, $25 at the door. Also available is a season subscription for $50.

To buy tickets, e-mail or call 561-995-6773.

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-- James D. Davis

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