16 April 2009

Orlando, FL: Footsteps of the Holocaust, April 21

Dr. Sheryl Needle Cohn will present "Walking in the footsteps of the Holocaust," on Holocaust Remembrance Day, hosted by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (Florida) on Tuesday, April 21.

The program begins at 1.30pm at the Congregation of Reform Judaism, Orlando.

Cohn will present her own moving experiences on a 2006 journey to the ancestral villages (Dubno, Ukraine; Lyakovichi, Belarus) of her paternal grandparents.

A Holocaust educator, she was one of 30 participants in the 2008 Yad Vashem International Summer Seminar.

As a research scholar, I was allowed access to the archives at Yad Vashem and located a youth movement photo taken in 1926, in Dubno [now Western Ukraine]. I was overwhelmed to find my great uncle Arthur smack in the middle of the group photo. He was the last one to leave Dubno, the rest of the Bittelman family was murdered by the Einsatzgruppen Nazi troops."

With a journal article to be published this summer on "Teaching the Holocaust," Cohn is also preparing a book, "Connecting with the Holocaust: Our Family's Stories of Courage, Intelligence, & Survival."

Cohn has spoken at Yad Vashem, in Sarasota public/private schools as a Holocaust consultant, Lake County's annual Yom HaShoah, Holocaust seminars at the University of Central Florida (UCF). She is is an instructor at the University of Central Florida's College of Education.

For more details, email JGSGO or visit its website.

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