Holocaust Remembrance Day on Long Island 2012


holocaust1ap 2121807i Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) is observed in commemoration of the approximately six million Jews who perished as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany. It begins sundown 4.18 and ends sundown 4.19.

Ludovit Feld, the Little Giant @ Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center Feld and his family were imprisoned in the Kosice Ghetto in 1944, and later deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Mengele selected Feld for medical experimentation because he was a dwarf, and he was kept alive for his artistic talent. Housed together with “Mengele’s twins,” Feld hid several of them, ensuring their rescue. Only two original pieces drawn in the ghetto are known to have survived; one is hanging in Yad Vashem’s museum in Jerusalem, and the other will be on display here, in Glen Cove. Ongoing.

Nazi Prosecutor Eli Rosenbaum @ Merrick Golf Course Clubhouse, 7 p.m. Guest speaker Eli Rosenbaum is the longest serving prosecutor and investigator of Nazi criminals and other perpetrators of human rights violations in world history. He is responsible for the Justice Department’s enforcement efforts in World War II Nazi cases. Under Rosenbaum’s leadership the Office of Special Investigations won major awards from Jewish organizations and Holocaust survivor groups and has been called “the most successful government Nazi hunting organization on earth.” Rosenbaum authored the acclaimed Betrayal: The Untold Story of the Karl Waldheim Investigation and Cover-Up. Tuesday, 4.17.

Disobedience @ Cinema Arts Centre,  4 p.m. A vivid retelling of the true story of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the Portuguese Consul General stationed in France during World War II, who defied orders and issued Portuguese visas to an estimated 30,000 people in May and June of 1940 in an operation described by the Holocaust scholar Yehuda Bauer as “perhaps the largest rescue action by a single individual during the Holocaust.” This event will honor the families rescued by this hero, some of whom will be in attendance. Film will be introduced by the filmmaker Joel Santoni and the grandson of Mendes, Louis-Philippe Mendes, followed by a buffet dinner. Wednesday, 4.18.

Remembrance: Opening Reception w/ Yonia Fain @ Emily Lowe Gallery, Hofstra University, 2 p.m. Yonia Fain is an internationally acclaimed artist and poet.  In his artwork, Fain (Hofstra University retired professor of art history and humanities [1971-1985]) employs powerful visual imagery in his canvases and works on paper which pay tribute to the memories of those lost during the Holocaust.  His work is eloquent as it simultaneously relates the Holocaust’s despair and atrocities while expressing key themes of survival and hope. The exhibition consists of more than 20 paintings and mixed media works as well as examples of Yonia Fain’s poetry. Thursday, 4.19. Exhibit runs through August 3.