Local group presents events leading up to International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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DOTHAN, Ala. (PR) -- Ruth Remnant Ministry, Inc. is honored to welcome the community to participate in a month of meaningful programs to remember the lives lost during the Holocaust and to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

First, there will be two nights of Holocaust short films followed by panel discussions. On January 9th, we will screen Whose Child Are You?, the story of Tswi Josef Herschel, a Jewish baby who was raised by a Protestant Dutch family who cared for him as their own child until the end of World War II. On January 16th, we will screen All My Mothers, the story of Yehudith Kleinman, a Jewish child who was born in Italy and, during World War II, was taken to a convent for safety where she was hidden and raised as a Christian. Discussion panelists will be social worker, Suzanne Geiger; Anthony Barajas; Grace Geisler of the Child Advocacy Center; and Pam Miles, Director of the Exchange Center for Child Abuse Prevention. The discussion will focus on the impact of childhood trauma and the strength of the human spirit. Both films will be presented at 6:30pm in the Fine Arts Building at Northside Methodist Academy.

On January 23rd, Temple Emanu-El’s Cantor Neil Schwartz will present Music of the Holocaust, 1939-1946. Cantor Neil has served Temple Emanu-El as clergy since July of 2019. He is a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary and is a member of the American Conference of Cantors and the Cantors Assembly. This musical performance will be presented at 6:30pm in the Fine Arts Building at Northside Methodist Academy.

The final special presentation is The Suitcase, by visiting artist and musician Tim Lorsch. Lorsch created The Suitcase after he came into possession of a suitcase from the Czech Republic that had once belonged to his Uncle Julius – a victim of the Nazi concentration camps. The Suitcase is a one man, one hour multimedia show featuring eight musical instruments, with stories that accompany each piece, as well as archival documentary footage. This event will take place on Sunday, January 26th at 3:00pm at the Depot off Main.

Lorsch, who began playing the violin at age seven, is a Nashville based producer and musician. Over his 40-year career, Lorsch has produced critically acclaimed records, played on thousands of recordings, and made contributions to Grammy and Emmy award winning projects.

All events are free and open to the public. Tax-deductible donations may be made to Ruth Remnant Ministry, Inc., 1000 Adkinson Road, Newton, AL 36352. For more information, please contact Danise Peters at ruthremnantministry@gmail.com.

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