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Soccer Under the Swastika: Stories of Survival and Resistance During the Holocaust

Soccer Under the Swastika: Stories of Survival and Resistance during the Holocaust

Now – September 3, 2017

Author Talk, Thursday July 27th at 5PM

In Soccer under the Swastika: Stories of Survival and Resistance during the Holocaust, Kevin E. Simpson reveals the surprisingly powerful role soccer played during World War II. From the earliest days of the Nazi dictatorship, as concentration camps were built to hold so-called enemies, captives competed behind the walls and fences of the Nazi terror state.

Cinema 51-The Museum Gala

Cinema 51: The Museum Gala

Honoring Michelle and Clark Wiens of Circle Cinema

at The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art

 

Tulsa, Oklahoma, October 29, 2017– The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art is pleased announce an evening honoring Michelle and Clark Wiens of Circle Cinema at this year’s premier fundraising event titled Cinema 51: The Museum Gala.

 

Circle Cinema partners with both the Jewish Federation of Tulsa and The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art for the Annual Oklahoma Jewish Film Festival. Along with the festival, Michelle Wiens was instrumental in bringing Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation now the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education to The Museum to showcase Holocaust survivors living in Oklahoma.

 

The Mission of Circle Cinema is to educate, enlighten and entertain their guests 365 days a year through selected features and programs that expose and connect our community to global issues, environments and cultures. In comparison the Museum’s mission is to preserve and promote Jewish heritage, culture, and history through art and education. Our similar missions are what draws us to each other and helps continue to educate the greater community.

 

During the course of the evening, we will be celebrating the Museum’s 51st anniversary and the success of the Circle Cinema! The evening’s festivities and entertainment include cocktails and dinner catered by Chef James Shrader of the Palace Café. Patrons and guests will also preview a special exhibition celebrating Jewish motion pictures and cinema in Tulsa.

Please contact Tracey Herst-Woods, Director of Development and Programs, 918.492.1818, for patron and ticket information.

Dr. Joel Dimsdale-The Anatomy of Malice: The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals

 

Please join us at The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art on Thursday, May 11, at 7 pm to hear Dr. Joel Dimsdale give a lecture on his newest book, The Anatomy of Malice: The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals. Lecture is free, and a book signing will follow.

In Anatomy of Malice: The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals, Dimsdale conducts a detailed examination-using 21st century diagnostic tools-of four Nazi war criminals: Robert Ley, Hermann Göring, Julius Streicher, and Rudolf Hess. His talk will probe the psychological nature of those who perpetrated the Shoah and the implications that research holds today.

A review of the book can be found here: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/29/books/review/anatomy-of-malice-by-joel-e-dimsdale.html?_r=0

The lecture is presented in conjunction with The Laureate Institute for Brain Research.

American Guild of Judaic Art Group Exhibition

July 6 – September 17

Reception July 6, 5-7pm

“The American Guild of Judaic Art is an international organization for those with interests in the Judaic arts and dedicated to the promotion of Jewish art and culture in society. Their mission is to celebrate the rich diversity and sacred beauty of Judaic Art around world, and establish a community for those who are inspired to fulfill the commandment of Hiddur Mitzvah by creating, collecting and exhibiting Jewish Art. See 80 original pieces from AGJA members around the country in one location for the first time.”

Tenth Annual White Rose Memorial Essay Contest

The Council for Holocaust Education is excited announce the Tenth Annual White Rose Memorial Essay Contest.

The essay contest is held in honor of the resistance group, the White Rose Society, who penned essays which challenged citizens to resist Nazi policies and encouraged non-violent political dissent.  The White Rose members knew that to be silent in the face of evil was to surrender to it, encourage it, and enable it to grow stronger.  Thus, their movement united others to resist Nazi tyranny by striving to eradicate the “face of evil” before it destroyed more innocent lives. Inspired by their words of strength, our annual essay contest provides a forum for local students to use their words to make a difference in today’s world. Entries are being accepted in the middle school division (grades 6-8) and high school division (9-12) until March 31, 2017. Wining essays receive cash prizes. The prompt and submission guidelines can be found at https://jewishtulsa.org/whiterose/. Please email dhe@jewishtulsa.org<mailto:dhe@jewishtulsa.org> for more information.

All Are Welcome: Jewish Art Through the Eyes of Refugees

All Are Welcome: Jewish Art Through the Eyes of Refugees. This exhibit exemplifies the Museum’s mission by showcasing the diverse collection of Jewish Artists that defied all odds and were able to share their voices through art. From Moses to Chagall and from Fried to Knigin, the Museum’s collection is full of Refugee imagery and artists.

“Air of Courage” by Michael Kinigin.

“I was introduced to people at the Holocaust Museum in Yadvashem, Israel, who gave me access to their archives, so I photographed them at the museum,” Kinigin said. “These were pictures of the victims in the camps, of revolts, deportation, ghettos, liberation and of Anne Frank,” he said. “Many of these pictures were taken by the German soldiers.” This picture depicts Jews in their homelands standing outside their business before the collection of Jews by the Nazi’s during the Holocaust. They are overshadowed by a large detour sign foreshadowing their departure from their homes to either a concentration camp or as a refugee to another land.

To quote the Museum’s Executive Director Drew Diamond “Our exhibit represents a view of the extensive history of the Jewish people both as refugees themselves and as champions of all refugees.”

This exhibit will be on display Now through Fall of 2017 in the Mildred and Julius Sanditen Gallery.

 

Chasing Dreams, Baseball & Becoming American

Chasing Dreams celebrates baseball and the many fans, players, and characters who helped shape our American story. Every triumph and defeat, every hero on and off the field, has become another chapter in the history we all share. And for immigrants and minority groups especially, it has played a crucial role in understanding, and sometimes challenging, what it means to be American.

Statement from The Tulsa Council for Holocaust Education

Statement from The Tulsa Council for Holocaust Education January 29, 2017. The Tulsa Council for Holocaust Education joins our fellow citizens across the nation in condemning any policy on immigration or emergency refuge that discriminates on the basis of religious status. The Executive Order ironically released on Friday, January 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, clearly targets the Muslim community, putting innocent children, women, and men at risk. We affirm the oldest commitments of our country to welcome the tired, the poor, and those yearning to be free and reject any compromise of this essential value. Potential immigrants are already screened in ways that honor our need for security and stability, and they should not be forced into a holding pattern which endangers their lives and fundamental well-being. Many Americans are immigrants and the children and grandchildren of refugees, and we call on our government to extend the blessings of our country with openness, generosity, and a commitment to alleviate the suffering of others. This anniversary season, commemorating the 72nd liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp, calls on all of us to rise toward the dignity and worth of all human beings.