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Be the Change

"Be the Change" Film and Speaker Series


For more information about "Be the Change" and other CANDLES programs, please call 812.234.7881 or email programs@candlesholocaustmuseum.org.


Upcoming Events:

Circus Jews Under National Socialism with Stav Meishar

The true stories of Jewish circus artists between the world wars are told with sensitivity and humor by Stav Meishar, a circus artist and academic. The lecture is based on over seven years of extensive research and combines photos from personal albums, recorded testimonies, and personal stories. This event will explore the lives of Jewish circus artists in Germany from 1880-1945, including the life of a Jewish circus performer who survived the Holocaust hiding in a German circus. Join us for a glimpse into a little-known colorful and fascinating world!

Stav Meishar is an award-winning performance maker, multidisciplinary stage artist, academic researcher, and educator. Her work explores the amalgamation of history and current affairs via the lens of social justice, using tools from the worlds of theatre, circus, and contemporary performance. Her most recent project, “The Escape Act: A Holocaust Memoir,” is a one-woman show based on a true story of a Jewish acrobat during the Holocaust and examines questions of antisemitism and multigenerational-trauma.

Admission for this event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcomed. Participants may register to watch this event via Zoom or watch the digital event at CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center. Click here to register.

 

Saturday, February 20th, 2021 

4:00 - 5:30 pm EST

CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center

1532 S. Third Street

Terre Haute, IN 47802

 

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   Past Events:   
 

Conversation with a Holocaust Survivor and a Community Leader with Agnes Schwartz, Lewis Lee, and Kiel Majewski

Agnes Schwartz - Agnes was born in Budapest, Hungary. She was 10 years old when German forces occupied her town, and her family was forced to move to a yellow star or Jewish designated building. Their housekeeper Julia, an unmarried non-Jew, took Agnes to safety by claiming her as her niece. Agnes became a “hidden child” living in the open but living in fear, not knowing when her family would be reunited.

Lewis Lee - Lewis coordinates Portal operations for Shared Studios in Milwaukee, as well as local outreach and business development in the Amani neighborhood. Lewis is the Outreach Coordinator for the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative and runs the Meade Men Resource Home for Boys. He is a leader working on community development and restorative justice.

Kiel Majewski (moderator) - Kiel is a public historian who is passionate about helping eyewitnesses of genocide transfer their legacies to future generations. For ten years, Kiel was the first executive director of CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center. Kiel has curated exhibits, led tours of genocide memorials in North America, Europe, and Africa, and has mentored youth and adult peace-building advocates.

Click here to register via Zoom.

Admission for this event is free and open to the public. This event is made possible in part by the Florence and Laurence Spungen Family Foundation.

Sunday, January 24th, 2021

3:00 pm EST via Zoom

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Hanna and Walter, A Love Story with Julie Kohner

Julie Kohner has been a Jewish educator for over thirty years, with a master’s degree in educational counseling. After Julie’s mother, Hanna, a Holocaust survivor, passed away in 1990, Julie began to create educational programs to honor the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. Her goal was to teach the Holocaust as seen through her mother’s eyes. This was the beginning of “Voices of the Generations,” a unique and personal approach to Holocaust education.

Julie Kohner has presented “Voices of the Generations” for the past twenty-six years. Julie's parents wrote an autobiography, Hanna and Walter, A Love Story, which traces their journey from 1930s pre-war Europe to reuniting after the end of the war. “Voices of the Generations” teaches the devastation of the Holocaust through its impact on one family. It is through their only child, Julie, that Hanna and Walter’s story lives on.

This event was made possible in part by Voices of the Generations

November 5th, 2020

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Together We Remember with David Estrin

The grandson of four Holocaust survivors, David has made it his life’s purpose to leverage the power of collective memory to inspire collective action towards a world of “Never Again.” After graduating from Duke University with a degree in Public Policy, David joined Accenture Strategy, where he advised Fortune 500 clients and the firm’s flagship corporate philanthropy program, Accenture Corporate Citizenship. In January 2017, unnerved by the rise of fear and hate at home and abroad, David left Accenture to pursue his global vision for “Together We Remember” full-time.

Admission is free and open to the public. This event is made possible in part by the Florence and Laurence Spungen Family Foundation, the CANDLES Youth Board, and STAND

David also spoke at Indiana State University's Human Rights Day on March 3rd, 2020.

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020
6:30pm EST

CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center
1532 South Third Street
Terre Haute, IN 47802
812.234.7881

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A World Erased with Noah Lederman

Noah Lederman is the author of the memoir A World Erased: A Grandson’s Search for His Family’s Holocaust Secrets. The Philadelphia Inquirer selected the memoir as one of the best books of the year and Booklist called A World Erased “a vital contribution to Holocaust collections.” His writing has been featured in The Economist, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, Tablet Magazine, Slate, The New Republic, The Times of Israel, JTA, The Jerusalem Post Magazine, and elsewhere.

Join CANDLES to hear Noah’s journey to uncover the survival stories of his grandparents and how, from her kitchen table, Noah’s grandmother transformed into his hero.


Admission is free and open to the public. This event is made possible in part by the Florence and Laurence Spungen Family Foundation.

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020
6:30pm EST

CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center
1532 South Third Street
Terre Haute, IN 47802
812.234.7881

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A Sentinel Against Hate with Christopher Tuckwood

Christopher Tuckwood is the co-founder and executive director of The Sentinel Project, a Canadian NGO dedicated to assisting communities threatened by mass atrocities through direct cooperation with the people in harm’s way and the innovative use of technology. Chris also initiated the development of the Sarus Humanitarian Aerospace program exploring the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (i.e. drones) in conflict response and humanitarian roles and has overseen the development of the Hatebase online hate speech monitoring platform. Chris has been involved in atrocity prevention efforts since working on the movement to end genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan while studying as an undergraduate at the University of Waterloo.

Chris’s talk will focus on what first inspired him to dedicate his life to preventing genocide despite his lack of personal connections to any past genocides. Chris’s story follows him from the documentary that sparked his interest to his current international work with The Sentinel Project.

Admission is free and open to the public. This event is made possible in part by the Florence and Laurence Spungen Family Foundation.

Can’t attend this event? Join us via livestream from the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center's Facebook page.

Saturday, November 9th, 2019
6:30pm EST

CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center
1532 South Third Street
Terre Haute, IN 47802
812.234.7881

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Yasmin Ullah: Rohingya Refugee and Activist

The Rohingya, natives of Rakhine State in Myanmar, have been the frequent target of genocidal violence by multiple regimes in Myanmar. The most recent and ongoing round of violence has displaced over 700,000 Rohingya into neighboring Bangladesh and around the world. Yasmin Ullah will recount her experiences fleeing one of the many attacks on the Rohingya by Myanmar’s government and her journey to becoming an activist for her people, raising awareness for those still facing persecution, and the difficulties surrounding the return to Myanmar.

Yasmin Ullah is a Rohingya social justice activist born in Northern Rakhine state of Myanmar during a time when genocide was brewing in the region. She fled to Thailand in 1995 along with her parents and remained a stateless refugee in Thailand until 2011. She currently serves as the President of the Rohingya Human Rights Network, a non-profit group led by activists across Canada in advocacy and raising public awareness of the Rohingya genocide. Yasmin is also a research coordinator at Free Rohingya Coalition, which is a global network of Rohingya activists and friends of Rohingyas who share common concerns about Myanmar’s ongoing genocide and the need for Rohingya genocide survivors to play an active role in seeking a viable future.

Yasmin is currently completing her undergraduate degree in political science. Additionally, Yasmin is actively involved in creating more accessible mosques and places of spirituality to those with special needs through her work in co-directing HAMDA (Helping All Muslims with Different Abilities).

Admission is free and open to the public. This event is made possible in part by the Florence and Laurence Spungen Family Foundation.

Saturday, October 5th, 2019
6:30pm EDT

CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center
1532 South Third Street
Terre Haute, IN 47802
812.234.7881

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Lesson Plan: The Story of the Third Wave
with Mark Hancock

Mark Hancock was one of the original students in Ron Jones’s class when Jones undertook “The Wave” experiment. Self-described as a “wannabe resistor turned bystander,” and as the associate producer of “Lesson Plan” and the Wave’s class historian, Mark offers a unique insight into the experiment from the perspective of one who was swept into the fray as Jones’s class embraced The Wave. After retiring from a career in architecture, he decided to put his experiences in the experiment to work. Mark has presented on The Wave at the United Nations, U.S. State Department, and the Holocaust and Humanity Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has also been featured on the German History Channel documentary Total Control. Mark continues to speak on the experience in Jones’s class and the lessons of The Wave in order to facilitate discussions about charismatic leaders, group dynamics, bullying, and gangs in the hopes of generating more positive outcomes.

The Third Wave (or The Wave) was an experimental social movement created by California high school history teacher Ron Jones in 1967 to explain how the German population could accept the actions of the Nazi regime during the Second World War.

Admission is free and open to the public. This event is made possible in part by the Florence and Laurence Spungen Family Foundation.

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
6:30pm EDT

CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center
1532 South Third Street
Terre Haute, IN 47802

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Running and Hiding from The Nazis: A Child Survivor’s Account of her Escape with Her Family from the Holocaust
with Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff

Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff is a child survivor of the Holocaust. She fled Nazi Europe with her family in 1941. She will speak about her family’s escape from Nazi-occupied Europe, her life since, and what she has done as an educator to ensure the Holocaust is never forgotten.

Dr. Klein Kassenoff has studied at Yad Vashem and is a graduate of the prestigious Vladka Meed Teacher’s Program. She is the Director of the Holocaust Teachers Institute at the University of Miami where she also serves as an adjunct professor/lecturer, as well as the Education Specialist for Holocaust Studies for Miami-Dade County Public School.

Dr. Klein Kassenoff is a frequent speaker on Holocaust education nationwide and co-authored Studying the Holocaust Through Film and Literature. Dr. Klein Kassenoff is the founder of the “Screening the Holocaust” film series in Miami. She has been awarded Professional Educator of the Year by the Miami-Dade Social Studies Organization, the Tikkun Olam Award from the Haitian Holocaust Refugee Project, and was given a special tribute by the Florida House of Representatives for her work on behalf of the Jewish community of Florida.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information about this and other "Be the Change" events, call 812.234.7881 or email programs@candlesholocaustmuseum.org.

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019
5:30pm EST

CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center
1532 South Third Street
Terre Haute, IN 47802

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The Gift of Our Wounds 
with Arno Michaelis

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Arno Michaelis was a leader of a worldwide racist skinhead organization, a reverend of a self-declared Racial Holy War, and lead singer of the hate-metal band Centurion, which sold 20,000 CDs by the mid-nineties and is still popular with racists today. Single parenthood, love for his daughter, and the forgiveness shown by people he once hated all helped to turn Arno’s life around, bringing him to embrace diversity and practice gratitude for all life. After spending over a decade as a successful information technology consultant and entrepreneur, Arno is now a speaker, author of My Life After Hate, co-author of The Gift of Our Wounds, and very fortunate to be able to share his ongoing process of character development as an educator working with Serve 2 Unite.

Admission is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

This event is made possible in part by the Florence and Laurence Spungen Family Foundation.

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019
6:30pm EST

CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center
1532 South Third Street
Terre Haute, IN 47802

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They Played for Their Lives Film Screening
with special accordion performance by survivor Frank Grunwald

Through intimate interviews and live performances, They Played for Their Lives artfully portrays how music saved the lives of young musicians during WWII. The documentary follows the personal narratives of eight survivors who describe how music in the ghettos and concentration camps not only fostered spiritual strength within themselves and others, but often proved a bargaining tool that spared their lives. Each of these unique stories illustrates the power of music to sustain the human soul. Following the film, featured musician, Holocaust survivor, and Indiana resident Frank Grunwald will answer questions and play his accordion.

This event is free and open to the public. Run time: 52 minutes

This event is made possible in part by the Florence and Laurence Spungen Family Foundation.

Saturday, December 1st,  2018
3:00pm - 5:00pm EST

CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center
1532 South Third Street
Terre Haute, IN 47802

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The True American: Murder & Mercy in Texas
with Rais Bhuiyan

Just 10 days after the attacks on September 11, 2001, Rais Bhuiyan was working at a gas station in Dallas, Texas, when he was shot in the face by a man named Mark Stroman. Stroman was on a shooting spree, targeting people who appeared to be Muslim or of Middle Eastern descent. Bhuiyan, the only survivor of the attacks, looked to his faith to find and offer forgiveness to his attacker, who was sentenced to death. Through forgiveness, Bhuiyan befriended Stroman and attempted, unsuccessfully, to prevent his execution.

Rais Bhuiyan shares his experiences through his organization World Without Hate, which is dedicated to eradicating ignorance, hate, and violence by educating people about the transformational power of mercy and forgiveness. His organization is striving to create a more just and accepting world by building bridges and fostering healthy human growth through compassion, empathy, and understanding.

Bhuiyan will share his story of empowerment and forgiveness with a presentation followed by a book signing of his book, "The True American: Murder & Mercy in Texas," which will be available for purchase at the event.

Admission is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required.

This event is made possible in part by the Florence and Laurence Spungen Family Foundation

Thursday, November 15th, 2018
6:30pm - 8:00pm EST

CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center
1532 South Third Street
Terre Haute, IN 47802

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The Shattered Lens: A War Photographer’s True Story of Captivity and Survival in Syria
with Jonathan Alpeyrie

Capturing history was Jonathan’s job, but he never expected to become a news story himself. For a decade, the French American photojournalist had weaved in and out of over a dozen conflict zones. He photographed civilians being chased out of their homes, military trucks roving over bullet-torn battlefields, and too many bodies to count. But on April 29, 2013, during his third assignment to Syria, Alpeyrie was betrayed by his fixer and handed over to a band of Syrian rebels.

For 81 days he was bound, blindfolded, and beaten. Not too far away, President Bashar al Assad’s forces and those in opposition continued their bitter and bloody civil war. Over the course of his captivity, Jonathan kept his spirits up and strived to see, without his camera lenses, the humanity in his captors. He took part in their activities, taught them how to swim, prayed with them, and tried learning their language and culture. He also discovered a dormant faith within himself, which strengthened him throughout the ordeal. Jonathan shares his amazing and inspirational story in his book, The Shattered Lens: A War Photographer’s True Story of Captivity and Survival in Syria.

Admission is free and open to the public. *This event features images and discussions of war and torture.

Thursday, October 25th, 2018
6:30pm - 8:00pm EST

CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center
1532 South Third Street
Terre Haute, IN 47802

This event is made possible in part by the Florence and Laurence Spungen Family Foundation.
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From Justice to Forgiveness: Rachael Denhollander’s Path to Empowerment
with former USA gymnast Rachael Denhollander

Join us for a powerful and inspirational evening with Rachael Denhollander as she discusses her personal strength to speak out and become a voice for hundreds of abused women. Rachael is an advocate and educator who was the first woman to file a police report and speak publicly against USA Gymnastics Dr. Larry Nassar. As a result of her activism, over 300 women came forward as survivors of Nassar’s abuse, leading to his life imprisonment. 

Rachael will share her journey from victimhood, to empowerment, and ultimately to forgiveness. The evening will also examine the links between Rachael’s experiences and Eva Kor’s as they discuss medical ethics and their paths to becoming international advocates for forgiveness.

For her work as an advocate and educator on sexual assault, Rachael was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2018, in addition to other awards and recognition for social justice. She has also been recognized and honored in both the Kentucky and Michigan legislatures for her advocacy.
*This event recounts acts of sexual assault against a minor.

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018
6:30pm - 8:30pm EST

Indiana State University's University Hall Theater
401 North 7th Street
Terre Haute, IN 47807

This event is made possible in part by the Florence and Laurence Spungen Family Foundation.
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Mass Imprisonment in America
The Story of Sam Mihara—Japanese Internment Survivor

Sam Mihara is a second-generation Japanese American. During World War II, Sam was imprisoned with his family at Heart Mountain, Wyoming. He was just 9 years old and was one of 120,000 Japanese Americans forced into prison camps. Heart Mountain was one of 10 camps in the United States.

Today Sam is a national speaker on mass imprisonment and a lecturer on the topic at UCLA, U.C. Berkeley, and Harvard. His presentation discusses:

- His own experience at Heart Mountain
- Typical daily conditions in camps around the country
- Why only Japanese Americans were imprisoned
- The release from camp and conditions upon returning home
- Today's prison camps for Central American refugees
- Relationship to registration of Muslims

This event is made possible in part by The Florence and Laurence Spungen Family Foundation and Indiana Humanities.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018
6:30pm EST

CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center
1532 South Third Street
Terre Haute, IN 47802

812.234.7881
programs@candlesholocaustmuseum.org
www.candlesholocaustmuseum.org

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Chosen to Die, Destined to Live
with Survivor and Author Frida Umuhoza

Frida is a survivor of the 1994  Rwanda Genocide against the Tutsis. She witnessed her family being massacred by Hutu men with machetes and was then asked how she wanted to die. She could not afford a bullet, which they offered to sell her, so instead she received what should have been a fatal blow to the head. She was put in a mass grave with her slaughtered family only to find herself still alive and conscious, and she eventually climbed out. Frida’s traumas will never be undone, but today she has an important message for the world.

Frida will recount how her life was utterly transformed by the power to forgive and love her enemies. Despite great adversity, the message is one of immense hope and personal deliverance.

*Frida’s story includes topics such as physical and sexual violence. We suggest the event to mature high school students and above.


This event is made possible in part by The Florence and Laurence Spungen Family Foundation, The Herbert Simon Family Foundation, and Indiana Humanities with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Admission is free and open to the public. Frida’s book In the School of Resilience will be for sale at the event.

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018
6:30pm EST

CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center
1532 South Third Street
Terre Haute, IN 47802

812.234.7881
programs@candlesholocaustmuseum.org
www.candlesholocaustmuseum.org

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"The Hunt for Nazi Criminals" with Gerald and Trisha Posner

CANDLES presents bestselling authors, and husband and wife duo, Gerald and Trisha Posner. In a joint appearance, the couple will discuss infamous Nazis Dr. Josef Mengele and SS Officer/ Bayer pharmacist Victor Capesius. Addressing more than just their inhumane and monstrous acts at Auschwitz, the Posners will examine Mengele’s and Capesius’ experiences after the war and the perpetrators’ subsequent life in hiding as war criminals.

The Posners will discuss Mengele and Capesius in detail, comparing their stories and how they ended up working together at Auschwitz, as well as how they both became fugitives, one in plain sight and one on the run in South America.

Gerald’s story focuses on a young physician from a privileged family whose enormous ambition was only satisfied by playing a sadistic God at Auschwitz.

Trisha delivers an uplifting tale of how the perseverance of two men - a camp survivor and Germany’s first postwar Jewish prosecutor - led finally to some semblance of justice for Capesius.

Saturday, November 11, 2017
6:00pm EST

CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center
1532 South Third Street
Terre Haute, IN 47802

812.234.7881
programs@candlesholocaustmuseum.org
www.candlesholocaustmuseum.org

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"A Look into Life in North Korea" with Suk-Young Kim

Suk-Young Kim is a professor in the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television and has published award-winning books, ranging in topics from theater and lm to human rights in North Korea. She will be addressing her book Long Road Home: Testimony of a North Korean Camp Survivor, as well as family and cultural dynamics in modern-day North Korea.

Admission is free and open to the public.

This event is made possible in part by generous support from the Florence and Laurence Spungen Family Foundation and the Herbert Simon Family Foundation.

Saturday, October 21, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm EST

CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center
1532 South Third Street
Terre Haute, IN 47802

812.234.7881
programs@candlesholocaustmuseum.org
www.candlesholocaustmuseum.org

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