The Fairfield Holocaust Commemoration Committee is pleased to invite the public to attend the keynote address delivered by Shiri B. Sandler, the granddaughter of a survivor who serves as the U.S. Director of the Auschwitz Jewish Center, a museum and study center in Auschwitz, Poland which is an affiliate of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City. Shiri has devoted herself to educating the world about one of the darkest periods in modern history.
In her capacity as U.S. Director of the Center, Shiri runs the Center’s American Service Academies Program a unique educational two-week program in which a select group of cadets and midshipmen from the United States military academies travel to Poland and face the reality of genocide along with the ethical and moral questions they may face as military officers.
During her address, Shiri will be accompanied by her grandmother Gisela Marianne Adamski, who at the age of fifteen, was deported with her parents from their home in Oppeln, Germany to the concentration camp at Auschwitz. Gisela escaped from a Nazi death march and survived by hiding until she was liberated. Inspired by her grandmother’s story of courage and hope, Shiri has contributed significantly to the critical objectives of preserving the memory of the Holocaust and educating those who have little knowledge or understanding of the events of the Holocaust. The theme selected by the United State Holocaust Memorial Museum for this year’s Days of Remembrance is Confronting the Holocaust: American Responses. Through her work with the Museum of Jewish Heritage and the Auschwitz Jewish Center, Shiri Sandler has created an “American Response” all her own which will serve to ensure that atrocities such as the Holocaust are never permitted to happen again.
Admission is free; contributions are welcomed
100% to benefit: The Auschwitz Jewish Center, Auschwitz, Poland
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