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Events Schedule

Fall 2019

  1. NIGHTINGALES, True Stories of Escape, Hope and Resilience – Mimi Melkonian, author.
    Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 7 p.m. – A-104

More than 11 million Syrians have been forced to flee their homes as a result of civil war. In Nightingales, Mimi Melkonian has compiled a fascinating collection of stories of Syrian migrants who left familiar surroundings and family members, knowing they may never return to their homeland again. Melkonian profiles 16 inspiring migrants, including artists, musicians, intellectuals, and entrepreneurs.
Light refreshments will be served. Books will be available for sale and signing. RSVP [email protected]

Cohosts: Tekeyan Cultural Association-Greater NY, Armenian International Women’s Association- NJ Affiliate, The Daughters of Vartan

Spring 2019

“No Man’s Land: Dialogues on the Experience of War” – series of 3 open sessions from 6 – 8 pm – C325. co-hosted by BCC’s Center for Veterans and Military Affairs.  Read: news.bergen.edu/100k-grant-spurs-programs-for-military-veterans   – Thursdays, April 4 & April 11, Friday, April 19

Holocaust Remembrance – April 2019
co-sponsor: NJ Commission on Holocaust Education

  1. Monday, April 1, 11 am – 12:30 pm – TEC-128 – Iris Dorbian: INTERGENERATIONAL TRAUMA: Struggling With a Painful Legacy – In the Aftermath of the Camps.  As the daughter of Holocaust survivors. Iris speaks about her father’s Holocaust experiences and the effects his trauma had on her and her family. Hirsh Dorbian was 11 years old, when he and his family were arrested and separated. He spent six months following his liberation in a displaced persons camp, and a lifetime deeply traumatized.
  2. Wednesday, April 3, 11 am- 12:30 pm TEC-128 – HOLOCAUST Survivor Hidden Child in France – Simon Jeruchim  was born in Paris, France on December 25, 1929. In July 1942 the French police, collaborating with the Nazis, rounded up Jews in Paris to be sent to death camps. Simon’s family escaped the roundup but were still in danger. By a stroke of luck, Simon’s parents were put in touch with neighbors, a compassionate gentile couple, connected with an underground network organized to save Jewish children. Twelve-year old Simon and his two siblings, fourteen and five, were sent in hiding in Normandy and placed separately with gentile families. Simon’s parents, while attempting to escape to the unoccupied zone of France, were arrested crossing the border, deported and murdered in Auschwitz. Simon and his siblings survived.

Monday, April 8, 11am – 12:40 pm A104Chris Nicola presents “No Place on Earth”.
American Cave Explorer, Chris Nicola narrates the story of how five Ukrainian Jewish families survived the Holocaust by taking refuge in a cave for over a year. He explains how he spent 10 years finding and interviewing the survivors, to confirm what he had accidentally discovered; Plus 10 years in bringing about both a book and documentary; : www.noplaceonearthfilm.com.
040819- Chris Nicola- No Place on Earth Holocaust Remembrance Lecture

Armenian Genocide – March -April 2019

  1. WORKSHOP for Educators
    Thursday, March 28 -PJR hosts Facing History  – a workshop for teaching “The Armenian Genocide “ – 9 – 1:30 pm – Examine the events leading up to the systematic murder of over one million Armenians, and the role of justice and judgment in the aftermath of such atrocity. Middle and High School educators welcome. See flyer for details.  RSVP – facinghistory.org/newyork/events
  2. Book presentation “Feast of Ashes” – by Sato Moughalian – Thursday, April 11, 7 pm – A-104
    The story of David Ohannessian, the renowned ceramicist who in 1919 founded the art of Armenian pottery in Jerusalem. Born in an isolated Anatolian mountain village, endured arrest and deportation in the Armenian Genocide, founded a new ceramics tradition in Jerusalem under the British Mandate.

Early SPRING 2019 Holocaust Studies Events

  1. Tuesday, January 29, 12:30-1:30pm – Opening of the Exhibit: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews Present ‘They Risked Their Lives: Poles Who Saved Jews During the Holocaust
  2. Thursday January 31 @5:30 pm TEC-128 – 12th Annual Student Award Ceremony – The Holocaust, Genocide and Stalinist Repression  
  3. Tuesday, February 19, 1:45-3:00pm A-104 – “Karski & Lords of Humanity” by Sławomir Grünberg: documentary film screening followed by Q&A
  4. Tuesday, February 26, 12:30-1:30 pm – “Resistance of the Heart” — presentation of the Rosenstrasse Protest on February 27, 1943, Berlin