Presentation to focus on connection of Shoah history to today 

The Holocaust Museum and Learning Center will present “Connecting the Holocaust Tragedy with Today’s Emerging Freedom, Hopes and Joys” with Dr. Joan Silber, a prominent St. Louisan and member of the U.S. Commission of the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad. The program, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 at the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive. Silber will recount the history of the Holocaust in the town of Trsice in the Czech Republic. A monument was dedicated in April 2013, honoring the people of Trsice, who hid a Jewish family named Wolf during the Holocaust; the monument also serves as a memorial for the Jewish residents of the town who were murdered by the Nazis. A previous monument, marking the site of the family’s hiding place, was erected in 2012 and paid for by students from three U.S. high schools who have established an ongoing relationship with Trsice and visit the Czech Republic each year.

Silber will speak about the rescue of the Wolf family, the heroism of the rescuers and the fate of those who perished. She will also address the impact the history of Trsice has had on American teenagers, the status of Jews and Judaism in the Czech Republic today, and the importance of creating and maintaining relationships between Americans and the Czech Republic.

For further information about the event, please call 314-442-3714.