Dr. Geoffrey Megargee
June 6: USHMM Researcher to Detail Findings on Vastly Larger Number of Death Camps, Other Nazi Facilities During Holocaust
Thirteen years ago, researchers at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum began the dismal task of documenting all the ghettos, slave labor sites, concentration camps and killing factories that the Nazis set up throughout Europe.
Historians anticipated there would be 7,000 camps and ghettos, but what they found has shocked even scholars, proficient in the history of the Holocaust.
Dr. Geoffrey Megargee was at the heart of the research project that led to the shocking discovery of not 7,000, but 42,500 camps and ghettos across Europe.
This story captured world interest when released in the New York Times in March 2013.
Now you can hear Dr. Geoffrey Megargee tell the story “How the Holocaust Just Got A Lot More Shocking.”
Join the Dallas Holocaust Museum Thursday, June 6, at 6:30 p.m. in Dallas Hall at SMU McCord Auditorium, as Dr. Megargee shares the details of the research and the discoveries, and learn what impact this will have on Holocaust studies. There is no charge to attend the lecture, however, please RSVP at RSVP@DallasHolocaustMuseum.org .
June 11: “Concert in the Atrium” to Celebrate Life of the Late Lev Aronson
The Dallas Holocaust Museum presents “Concert in the Atrium” on Tuesday, June 11, at 1:30 p.m. in the atrium of the Museum, 211 N. Record Street.
The concert will feature cellists who are in Dallas for the The First Annual Lev Aronson Legacy Festival Week at SMU, among them festival creator and renowned cellist, Brian Thornton.
Lev Aronson, the world-renowned cellist and Holocaust survivor, was an incredible, blossoming solo cellist in his day. When he was interred in labor and concentration camps in World War II, and his prized Amati cello taken from him, he began to “think-sing” the concertos he knew from memory, establishing a sense of time and patience that gave him the strength to survive.
After the war, Aronson became the principal cellist in the Dallas symphony and he was renowned worldwide as a teacher of cello. “It is my turn to help keep his memory alive,” Thornton says of his beloved teacher.
Thornton is a member of the Cleveland Orchestra and creator of the Lev Aronson project, a CD showcasing beautiful melodies for cello and piano created by Lev Aronson.
June 12: Ground-breaking Play The Timekeepers Begins Limited Run
Dan Clancy’s award-winning play The Timekeepers is a Holocaust drama set at Sachsenhausen concentration camp in World War II Germany.
It tells the story of prisoners Benjamin, a conservative, elderly Jewish watchmaker put to work at his trade by the camp commander, and Hans, an outrageous young German homosexual who’s been assigned as Benjamin’s assistant. In spite of their dire circumstances and vast differences, the men form a strong bond over their shared love of opera and their wicked sense of humor.
The Timekeepers has played in London, Israel, Ireland, Canada, Poland, Germany and New York, and has generated glowing reviews. Dealing with the Holocaust in a way that accentuates the private experience of a horrific tragedy affecting millions, it became the most performed Israeli piece of theater in the world.
The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance, Theatre New West and theater director, Joe Watts, are collaborators for the production, which will be held June 12 through June 15 and June 21 and 22. June 12 is a special “pay-what-you-can” night. Admission for the remaining performances is $20. Tickets can be purchased through Event Brite at http://thetimekeepers.eventbrite.com
The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. and, for Friday and Saturday performances, at 8 p.m. The play will be performed in the Museum theater. The adult content of this production is not suitable for young children.
July 1: New Special Exhibit Opens Featuring “Stories of Perserverance”
Rita Blitt is an international, award winning painter, sculptor and filmmaker.
“When I create, I feel like I’m dancing on paper.” says Blitt about her passion for art. She began painting as a child and has lived a life filled with creativity and achievements. Today her paintings, drawings and sculptures have been featured in exhibitions in Singapore, Israel, Germany, Japan, Taiwan and Norway. She also has permanent exhibits in museums, galleries and public settings around the world. She collaborated with other artists to create films including “Blur,” “Visual Rhythms” and “Caught in Paint,” which was shown at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Blitt also authored The Passionate Gesture and Reaching Out From Within.
Her work goes beyond the aesthetically pleasing to her efforts to make the world a better place. “Kindness is Contagious, Catch It!” is a poster Blitt created as a gift to the STOP Violence Coalition, but its world-wide popularity resulted in her presenting prints to every member nation of the United Nations. The Blitt family underwrites the Blitt Family Creative Arts Center at Synergy Services, a violence prevention and intervention center in Parkville, Mo.
Thirteen of Blitt’s colorful and dramatic pieces of sculpture and paintings, an exhibit entitled “Reaching Out from Within: Stories of Perseverance through Art,” will be on display at the Museum from July 1 through August 25, 2013.
Come hear Iraqi War translator Munir Captain on July 11, 2013
July 11: Iraqi War Translator to Share his Stories of Despair, Freedom and Hope
Join the Dallas Holocaust Museum on July 11 as Iraqi war translator Munir Captain shares his stories of despair, freedom, and hope.
From 2003 to 2009, Munir Captain and his brother, Omar, served as translators to U.S. forces in their native Iraq.
New residents of North Texas, these brave men still have family in Baghdad, so their personal stories are not only current but relevant as family members in Iraq have faced reprisals for the brothers’ decisions to support American forces and their decision to live as refugees in the U.S.
The brothers bring interesting perspectives on the importance of the regime change in Iraq, the nature of the long insurgency there, the character of the American soldiers, the prospects for Iraq going forward and their own assimilation into American life.
Hear Munir Captain speak at the Museum theater, 211 N. Record Street Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
--By Shelia Huffman, for the Dallas Holocaust Museum