2011 Photos & Details

 

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Tuesday


Those people you see with lanyards and box breakfasts are on a mission of great consequence. They are off to collect memories that they will share for the rest of their lives.

 


Joe Dziubak talks to teachers Michael Boyd and Sean Nicholson.

 


2011 Holocaust Remembrance Project Scholars at the Holocaust Memorial on Miami Beach.
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Joe Dziubak rolled up his sleeve and showed the number on his arm from Auschwitz.

 


Essay Winner Rachel Baer contemplates the multitude of names of the dead at this unique Holocaust memorial.

 


Teacher Ally Witmer walks among the anguished figures – a place where silence came over all of us. We looked, we thought, and we felt a closer connection to Joe Dziubak.

 


Marian Kassenoff was a treasured contributor to the week. Her teaching symposium changes the way teachers teach the Holocaust, and prepared each of our five teacher for the Teaching Trunk they would receive from the Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation.

 


Rabbi Cheryl Weiner told the tragic story of Leo Frank’s court case, imprisonment and lynching. Many of us had never heard of this case. Now we wanted to know more.

 


In a quiet corner of the museum, Aranka sat down and told us how she began her life as one of seven children in a happy Hungarian home. She and her sister survived Bergen-Belsen and were rescued by the British.

 


Our dinner was enhanced by the presence of seven Holocaust survivors.

 


Sam Harris was a small child, but the trauma of the Holocaust is remembered vividly. Sam is the president of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.

 


We will never forget the tragic stories were heard from the survivors today – that is our duty. But getting to know them better leads us to remember that life is indeed quite beautiful.

 

Tuesday morning started with a box breakfast and a run to our bus for a ride to Miami Beach from the Fort Lauderdale Marina. Roll call on the bus, and off we went for a unique day of remembrance with the backdrop of a beautiful memorial, a unique museum of Jewish life and culture, and the testimony of three incredible survivors of the Holocaust.



Upon arriving at the Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach – Greater Miami Jewish Federation. Our group was met by Lida Shukrie, Program Coordinator for the Memorial. We watched a brief documentary on the creation of the memorial by artist Kenneth Treaster, and were welcomed by the Memorial’s executive director, Sharon Horowitz. Also meeting up with the group at the Memorial was Holland & Knight partner Lee Teichner, as well as associates and summer associates from Holland & Knight’s South Florida offices.



Students and teachers toured the memorial with Holland & Knight lawyers and staff. They were lead by Holocaust survivor Joe Dziubak, a survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp where everyone else in his family was murdered. Joe has been a volunteer at the Holocaust Memorial on Miami Beach since it was opened in 1990.



The memorial is breathtaking, and our group was greatly moved by the figures on the hand symbolizing the anguished suffering by the victims of the Holocaust. Joe spoke about the names on the walls, and the pictures displayed in the covered walkway to the memorial – and then he let everyone explore alone. It was a time for silence.



The teachers moved on to a luncheon and teacher symposium, sponsored by The Betsy Hotel on Miami Beach. Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff, Director, Holocaust Studies Summer Teacher Institute/ School of Education led the event, and provided teachers with not only new knowledge about the Holocaust, but also effective methodologies in the teaching of this watershed event.



The students enjoyed lunch at Bessie’s Bistro at the Jewish Museum of Florida. Following lunch, the students were invited to view the museum’s exhibits on Jewish life and history in Florida. Rabbi Cheryl Weiner, the museum’s education coordinator, presented a lesson on the museum’s exhibit entitled “Seeking Justice: Leo Frank Revisited.” Our group was joined by Holland & Knight partner Frances Faigenblat.



Aranka Siegel joined us at the museum and found a quiet place to tell her story to the students. Aranka, from Beregszasz, Hungary was only 13 years old when her family was forced into slave labor at the local brick family, and then shipped to Auschwitz. Aranka is the author of two books, Upon the Head of the Goat: A childhood in Hungary 1939-1944 and Memorials of Babi. Everyone in our group received copies of the book, and Aranka signed them all.



That evening, the survivors we had met during the week joined us for dinner and for the testimony of Sam Harris who lost nearly all of his family to the Holocaust. Sam hid inside concentration camps, and explained how this came to be to a quiet group of listeners. Our group was joined by partners Marie Lefere, Stephen Moss, Ron Klein and Tom Morante. Marie Lefere, as Chair of the Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation congratulated the student and teachers, and thanked the survivors for the sharing of their stories.



We wanted to stay awake and talk about all we had learned that day, but tomorrow was another long day of travel and learning and we retired rather early!