The Unseen Holocaust
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Bill T. Jones'


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Speaker Series

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Generation to Generation Dinner


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The King of Chelm

New Families, New Traditions

Raise the Roof

Eating Jewish in Canada

The King of Chelm

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My Favorite Something

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The fall of communism ushered in a new era of candid and artistically accomplished Polish filmmaking about the Holocaust. This week-long series, curated by Stuart Liebman, presents features, documentaries, and short films rarely seen in the United States. Discussions with experts will follow the screenings.

Co-presented by:

Generously funded by:

All-access pass to the series: $15, $12 Members, $10 Students

Free admission to the special exhibition A Town Known as Auschwitz prior to screenings.

Sunday, October 25, 2 P.M.

Post-screening discussion with Andrzej Krakowski, Professor of Film at City College, CUNY

(Ambulans, 1961, 11 min., Polish with English subtitles, 35mm, BCT Digital)
Directed by Janusz Morgenstern
This film presents the story of Jews and other prisoners duped into entering specialized cars used to murder through asphyxiation.

(1989, 88 min., Polish with English subtitles, 35mm, BCT Digital)
Directed by Leszek Wosiewicz
Inspired by the searing stories of Polish author and former Auschwitz inmate Tadeusz Borowski, Kornblumenblau tells the story of a Polish musician who survived a death camp through his musical prowess.

Tuesday, October 27, 7 P.M.

Post-screening discussion with Natalia Aleksiun (Touro College)

Burial of a Potato
(Pogrzeb kartofla, 1991, 96 min., Polish with English subtitles, 35mm, BCT Digital)
Directed by Jan Jakub Kolski
Mateusz, a Polish soldier, returns to his village after years in a concentration camp. Though not a Jew, he is branded one by his neighbors, who he suspects of murdering his son to obtain his land.

Wednesday, October 28, 7 P.M.

Post-screening discussion with Michał Oleszczyk, Artistic Director of the Gdynia Film Festival (Poland), and Konstanty Gebert, Polish journalist and Jewish activist

Just Beyond this Forest
(Jeszcze tylko ten las, 1991, 86 min., Polish with English subtitles)
Directed by Jan Łomnicki
A former washerwoman in a Jewish household at first resists her employers' pleas to take their daughter out of the ghetto. Eventually acquiescing, she takes responsibility for the child, ultimately sacrificing herself to bring her to safety.

(Wyrzutki, 2013, 17 min., Polish with English subtitles)
Directed by Sławomir Gr̹nberg and Tomasz Wisniewski
Polish villagers recall the desperate efforts of Jewish parents who threw their children out of the cattle cars rather than risk what awaited at their destination.

Sunday, November 1, 2 P.M.

Post-screening panel with Konstanty Gebert (Polish journalist and Jewish Activist) and Professor J. Marek Haltof (Northern Michigan University); moderated by Stuart Liebman

(Miejsce urodzenia, 1992, 47 min., Polish with English subtitles)
Directed by Paweł Łoziński
This gripping murder mystery documentary follows Polish-Jewish author Henryk Grynberg, who survived the war in hiding with his mother. Years later, he returns to his village in Poland to discover who killed his father and younger brother.

(Inwentaryzacja, 2010, 9 min., Polish with English subtitles, BCT Digital or DVD)
Directed by Paweł Łoziński
This short film presents a sensitive depiction of the restoration of Warsaw's famed Jewish cemetery by young Poles.  



Wednesday, November 4, 7 P.M.

Creating Bill T. Jones' Analogy/Dora: Tramontane

Julie Burstein (Spark: How Creativity Works) interviews renowned choreographer Bill T. Jones, his 95-year-old mother-in-law Dora Amelan, and her son Bjorn Amelan about Dora's gripping story of survival during the Holocaust and how this became the inspiration for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company's recent work, Analogy/Dora: Tramontane.

$15, $10 Members, $5 Students with Valid Student ID

This program is funded through a generous gift from The David Berg Foundation.




Sunday, November 15, 2 P.M.

Eating Jewish in Canada

Anthony Rose of Fat Pasha and Schmaltz Appetizing; Ruthie Ladovsky of United Bakers Dairy Restaurant; food writers Michael Wex and Bonnie Stern; moderated by Jayne Cohen, Jewish Holiday Cooking

From schmaltz-fried rice to Nutella babka bread pudding with maple syrup to classic gefilte fish— the Jewish cuisine of Canada is white-hot. Join us for a discussion and tasting of Toronto's haimishe and hip.

Dietary laws observed.

$20, $15 Members

This program is funded through the generous support of the Feingold Family in memory of longtime Gallery Educator Marilyn Feingold.




Sunday, November 8, 3 P.M.

Raise the Roof (2015, 85 min)

Post-screening discussion with filmmaker Cary Wolinsky, artist Ariel Rosenblum, and Irene Pletka, whose generosity made the synagogue reconstruction possible

Inspired by images of the magnificent, mural-covered wooden synagogues of 18th century Poland—the last of which were destroyed by the Nazis—MassArt professors Rick and Laura Brown set out to build a replica, which became the centerpiece of the new Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.

$12, $10 Members




Weekends, November 14-29, 1 P.M.

The King of Chelm
at Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street)

This whimsical children's musical tells the story of Aaron, a young boy dreaming about being a super hero. Aaron, together with the fools and the wise men of Chelm, goes on a journey to find out what it really means to be a hero.

$18, $15 with discount code MJH15

Presented by FolksbieneRU: a partnership initiative of National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene and Genesis Philanthropy Group




Sunday, November 22, 10:30 A.M.

My Favorite Something

Join us as we kick off an exciting new series of family-friendly programs offering theater performances; innovative hands-on workshops; and tasty snacks. Play along as we bring to life an original piece inspired by two of our favorite PJ Library stories, Something From Nothing and Joseph Had A Little Overcoat. For ages 4 to 8, siblings welcome.

$8, children of Members are free.
Tickets sold at the door.

MJH Kids Theater is generously supported by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.



The Museum's public programs are made possible through a generous gift from Mrs. Lily Safra.

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