Taking Action Together: Drawing Strength From the Past with Ann Arnold

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Join Ann Arnold in a powerful inspirational talk as she shares her extraordinary journey as a second-generation Holocaust survivor. Drawing strength from her family’s harrowing past, Ann Arnold embarked on a mission to ensure that the lessons of history are never forgotten. In this talk, Ann recounts the emotional and impactful stories passed down through generations, revealing the resilience and courage that inspired her to make a difference. Fueled by a deep sense of responsibility as well as a life-changing trip in Poland, she transformed her experiences into action by founding the Mark Schonwetter Holocaust Education Foundation with her sister. Each of us holds power within our personal voice. Join Ann Arnold to discover how you can tap into your own relationship with history to combat systems of violence.

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Holocaust in Film Series 2024: Film #4, “One Life”

Sidewalk Films 1821 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL, United States

Join the Alabama Holocaust Education Center for the last film in our 11th Annual Holocaust in Film Series. This special advance screening will followed by a conversation with one of Sir Nicholas Winton's relatives and a second-generation Survivor he saved. Join us for this exclusive event and discussion, moderated by UAB Prof. Michele Forman. Starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, One Life tells the story of Sir Nicholas ‘Nicky’ Winton, a young London stock broker, who, in the months leading up to World War II, rescued 669 children from the Nazis. Nicky visited Prague in December 1938 and found families who had fled the rise of the Nazis in Germany and Austria, living in desperate conditions with little or no shelter and food, and under threat of Nazi invasion. He immediately realized it was a race against time. How many children could he and the team rescue before the borders closed? Fifty years later, it’s 1988 and Nicky (Sir Anthony Hopkins) lives haunted by the fate of the children he wasn’t able to bring to safety in England; always blaming himself for not doing more. It’s not until a live BBC television show, ‘That’s Life!’, surprises him by introducing him to some […]

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Taking Action Together: “Antisemitism in the Algorithm” with the Anti-Defamation League

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Social media has become the most powerful propaganda delivery mechanism in history. Join us for a webinar featuring expert Vlad Khaykin, Director of Public Research and Knowledge at the Anti-Defamation League, and discover the insidious tactics extremists employ to spread messages of hate and disrupt our democracy. Gain insights into how social media giants contribute to the issue and, more importantly, learn how you can be a vital part of the solution. Vlad Khaykin is a distinguished expert renowned for his knowledge in the fields of antisemitism, extremism, discrimination, and diversity, equity, and inclusion practices. With a reputation that extends worldwide, Vlad’s expertise has been sought after by government agencies, NGOs, Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions, and prominent media outlets.

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Taking Action Together: “Trauma & Atrocity: The Boundaries of Understanding and Emotion” with Dr. Danny M. Cohen

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When mass-violence fills our screens, we can choose to engage or switch off. But what can’t we control? How can we navigate our visceral emotional responses, including vicarious trauma? How should we respond to the unexpected responses of other people? And when we try to confront and learn about hate-fueled atrocity, what must we admit that we will never understand? Join Dr. Danny M. Cohen, a writer and professor at Northwestern University, in this exclusive webinar on managing our emotions to rise to the present moment. An expert in Holocaust memory and education design, Danny will equip us with the tools we need to process major world events in real time.

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Teacher Workshop: The Holocaust and the Human Spirit Within It

Alabama Holocaust Education Center 2100 Highland Avenue South, Birmingham, United States

Calling all Alabama educators! Join us for this inter-disciplinary teacher workshop, facilitated by Sheryl Ochayon, a leader in the field of Holocaust education from Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem. Broken into four distinct sessions, this workshop will explore the Final Solution through a variety of different lenses, as well as the spirit of human resilience during atrocity. This teacher workshop is free for all Alabama educators. You will earn four hours of PowerSchool professional development credit, a certificate of completion, and lunch is provided. The first 45 educators to register will receive a $100 substitute teacher reimbursement credit! Join us for this exclusive educational and networking opportunity.

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Taking Action Together: “Decoding Propaganda and Hate Speech” with Jordan Kiper and Jonathan Wiesen

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Today’s media environments are awash in conspiracy theories, half-truths, and outright lies. Determining what is truth and what is deliberate deception is more difficult than ever. To gain some clarity on the media landscape and current challenges posed by misinformation and inciting speech, our speakers will discuss two historical examples of propaganda and hate speech in the twentieth century. Jonathan Wiesen will explore how propaganda worked in Nazi-controlled Europe and offer visual and linguistic examples of xenophobia and anti-Jewish stereotyping. Jordan Kiper will discuss hate propaganda in the Balkans in the 1990s and explore hate speech – and dangerous speech –associated with ongoing debates regarding the ideology of collective violence and mass atrocity crimes. We hope that participants in this panel might learn to recognize common tropes and methods of hate mongering and propaganda in past and learn to recognize similar phenomena today.

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An Evening of Inspiration with Holocaust Survivor Mark Schonwetter

Levite Jewish Community Center 3960 Monteclair Road, Birmingham, Alabama, United States

Join the Alabama Holocaust Education Center, in partnership with the LJCC, for an evening of inspiration as we prepare for Yom HaShoah, the worldwide day of Holocaust remembrance. On May 2nd at 6:30pm, we’ll gather to hear from Mark Schonwetter, a Polish Holocaust Survivor and Co-Founder of the Mark Schonwetter Holocaust Education Foundation. Born and raised in Brzostek, Poland, Mark, his mother, and his sister spent six years hiding from the Gestapo. Walking miles by foot, the Schonwetters ran from ghettos to forests to righteous families’ attics, dodging the Nazis. Mark Schonwetter’s journey is a harrowing story of resilience, rescue, and survival. His memories are a testament to the strength of humanity in the darkest of times. Join us for this intimate evening of storytelling and remembrance. Honor the legacy of the past by witnessing the Holocaust through the eyes of a man that survived it. The AHEC Yom HaShoah event series is sponsored by the Birmingham Jewish Foundation. We thank them for their generous support.

The AHEC Yom HaShoah Commemorative Event

Samford University's Harrison Theater 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham

Join us on Sunday, May 5th, as we conclude our Yom HaShoah series with this community-wide, capstone event. On May 5, the worldwide day of Holocaust remembrance, the AHEC will gather to honor the over six million lives taken by the Holocaust. Featuring our local community of Survivors, family members will gather to pay tribute and tell stories, honoring victims, Survivors, and liberators. We will conclude with a special tribute to the late Amnon Weinstein, the founder of Violins of Hope. Join us for this intimate evening of storytelling and remembrance. The AHEC Yom HaShoah event series is sponsored by the Birmingham Jewish Foundation. We thank them for their generous support. This event is graciously supported by the Samford University Department of Christian Ministry and the Department of Biblical Studies. Doors open at 2:30pm at the Harrison Theatre at Samford University.

Taking Action Together: “The Choice to Reconcile” with Bassam Aramin and Rami Elhanan

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In this program, two bereaved fathers—one Israeli, one Palestinian—recount parallel stories of grief and the unique choice towards reconciliation. Join peace activists Bassam Aramin and Rami Elhanan as they describe their journeys from loss to an outspoken advocacy of a shared human spirit. Held in partnership with the American Friends of the Parents Circle-Families Forum (AFPC-FF), this panel will explore the ways that violence changes us, and what we can do with the space grief has left. As the cycle of violence in Israel-Palestine continues, join us as we strive to transcend the narrative of the “other,” celebrating the shared humanity that exists in both struggle and solidarity. Don’t miss this exclusive, transformative event.

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Taking Action Together: “Rethinking Our Behavior Online: Hit Backspace on Hate” with Trisha Prabhu

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Join Trisha Prabhu, Founder and CEO of anti-cyberbullying initiative ReThink, for a conversation about online hate and how can promote safer, kinder, more inclusive digital interactions. ReThink is a patented, globally acclaimed app that proactively stops cyberbullying, before the damage is done. The technology has been named one of Google Play’s Most Innovative Apps and shared with youth around the world. For her efforts, Trisha/ReThink have been featured on the TED stage, at The White House, and on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list (among others!). In this program, Trisha will discuss the most pressing digital harms today’s youth face and how youth can tackle these challenges and build healthy, safe relationships online. In particular, she will talk to youth about the power of ReThinking, or taking a moment to pause, review, and reconsider before texting or posting something online. Trisha will show how, by putting criticality at the forefront of their interactions, youth can ensure that their digital experience is rooted in positivity and kindness — not hate. Trisha will also offer attendees her top tips on being a responsible digital citizen, sharing key digital literacy insights that are crucial to thrive in the internet age.

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