The Institute for Holocaust Education is pleased to announce the upcoming lineup for our Third Thursday Lunch and Learn Series. The Lunch and Learn Series is an opportunity for community members to engage with pertinent topics regarding Holocaust education.

On Aug 15, IHE is excited to welcome Larry Raful to share his mother’s testimony of surviving the Holocaust. Susy Taubner Raful, was born in 1925 in Budapest, Hungary. She had an older sister Mary and a twin sister Edit. Of his mother’s family, Raful says: “my grandparents and their three girls moved from the hills of Buda into the Jewish ghetto in Pest at the beginning of the war. The Nazi’s invaded Budapest in 1944 and started rounding up Jews. Mom and her older sister pushed sister Edit out of line, but they went to the train station and boarded a cattle car to the concentration camp in Ravensbruch. They were transferred to two other camps later and were on a death march when the war ended. Mom met Dad soon after in the most romantic story ever told! Two years later, she took a boat to New York, sailed up the Hudson River, got off in New York City and married Dad.  They were married for 71 years.”

    Raful lived for sixteen years in Omaha, NE and moved to New York with his wife Dinah to be dean of the Touro Law School for twelve years. He spent eight additional years on the faculty teaching legal ethics, and most recently moved to Syracuse, NY where he teaches as a remote adjunct professor.

    Due to the observance of Yom Kippur, there will be no Third Thursday event for September 2021.

    On October 21, IHE is pleased to welcome Patrice Weaver of the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust to present about the art exhibit “The Degenerate Art Exhibition of 1937”. “In 1937 the Nazi state mounted an art exhibition called ‘Degenerate Art [Entartete Kunst]’ in Munich. This show contained works that had been removed from state-owned museums as contrary to the Nazi ideal of what art should be. The purpose of this exhibition was to educate the public on how the Nazis saw modern art to be the result of genetic inferiority and society’s moral decline.”

    Patrice Weaver is an educator and historian. She holds degrees and Specialist Certifications in World History, Historic Demographics (the study of statistical data relating to populations and their movements), and Integrated Educational Technology. During her thirty plus year career she has been a classroom teacher, Adjunct Professor of History, and Professional Development Teacher Education Specialist in the states of Washington and Georgia.

    In 2000 she left the classroom to become the Division Director of Education and New Media at Georgia Public Broadcasting (the nine station PBS network in Georgia).  After retiring from GPB she became the Director of Education Programs with the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust where she creates and conducts training classes for educators and programs for the public.

    For more information regarding the Third Thursday Series, or to register, please contact Scott Littky at slittky@ihene.org.