WINTER SERIES: LUNCH-AND-LEARN PROGRAMS
1st & 3rd Tuesdays of every month, November 2021-February 2022
Join us for our Lunch-and-Learn series to hear children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, notable speakers on timely issues, and historical experts.
These programs aim to present perspectives and voices that challenge and inspire people to confront bigotry, racism, and indifference, and to consider how their actions make a difference.
Disclaimer: The views, information, or opinions expressed in these programs are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of the Holocaust Center for Humanity and its employees.
All programs are virtual on Zoom. Register for one program or multiple.
The Holocaust through Muslim Eyes
Tuesday, February 1, 2022 | 12pm-1pm (PT)
Dr. Mehnaz Afridi
Author and scholar Mehnaz Afridi will discuss her book, Shoah through Muslim Eyes, which describes her journey with Judaism as a Muslim. Her book is based on the struggle of antisemitism within Muslim communities and her interviews with survivors. Rejecting polemical myths about the Holocaust and Jews, Afridi offers a new way of creating understanding of two communities through the acceptance and enormity of the Shoah. Her journey is both personal and academic as she reflects on the impact of the Holocaust, her interviews with survivors, antisemitism and Islamophobia, and Islam and memory.
Dr. Mehnaz Afridi earned her PhD in Religious Studies from the University of South Africa. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College (Riverdale, NY). Her research interests include the Holocaust; interreligious identity; post-genocide identity; Diaspora and Transnational Studies; and feminist post-colonial theory. Her publications and presentations have focused on the Qur'an and human rights, Islamic Literature and Culture; Judaism & Islam, Holocaust and antisemitism, including her co-edited book, Global Perspectives on Orhan Pamuk: Existentialism and Politics (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012). She received a National Endowment for Humanities Institute Grant in 2006 to study Venice, the Jews, and Italian Culture: Historical Eras and Cultural Representations; a Coolidge Fellow Grant from Union Theological School in 2003; and attended the Hess Seminar on Teaching Testimony and Holocaust at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2011. She has been a Board Member of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Ethics since 2004.
Leo’s Journey – In My Father’s Words
Tuesday, February 15, 2022 | 12pm-1pm (PT)
With Richard Lowy
Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was the place where nearly 1.2 million jewish prisoners were exterminated, but it had another equally dark and tragic secret. It was ground zero for one of the largest human experimentation programs in the world. Where doctors performed horrific experiments on live prisoners, with a specific focus on twins. One of those twins was a 15-year-old boy named Leopold Lovi. (Leo Lowy).
Leo miraculously survived and went on to live a long and productive life, but the memories of what he and his twin sister Miriam had endured at the hands of Dr. Josef Mengele stayed with him until his dying days. Before he passed away in 2002, Richard encouraged his father to share his story so what Leo and the other twins endured, would never be forgotten.
Richard has chosen to deal with the burden of the painful truths of his father's story by sharing it. Though heartbreaking, the horrific implications of his father's story is truly a gift.
The BC Ministry of Education and BC Teacher’s Federation have both endorsed and presented "Leo’s Journey - In My Father’s Words" for the past 2 years on the Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau to all the High Schools and Universities in British Columbia. “In My Father’s Words” has been presented to full houses in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Johannesburg & Cape Holocaust & Genocide Museums (in association with the Apartheid Museum), the Vancouver Holocaust Educational Centre, Phoenix Holocaust Association, Schara Tzdeck Synagogue, UBC Holocaust Symposium to name a few.
Richard Lowy is currently developing a theatrical production of his father’s story.
Special thank you to Gladys Fox for sponsoring this week's program.
Thank you to our 2022 Lunch-and-Learn Sponsors:
The Frances Roth & Stanley R. Schill Foundation