The FHM highlights the individual stories of 25 Holocaust Survivors
May 25, 2017 [St. Petersburg, FL] – The Florida Holocaust Museum (The FHM) has partnered with Eckerd College to release a 25th Anniversary oral history series titled “25 Survivors, 25 Stories… Celebrating 25 Years!”
Over the next 25 months, the Museum’s oral history series will feature a different Holocaust Survivor on the 25th of every month. Each Survivor brings to the series an individual voice that enlivens our understanding of the Holocaust; the war’s effects on individuals, families, and communities dispersed across the world; and its reverberations into the present moment.
The third story was released this morning and features Holocaust Survivor Jacqueline (Jackie) Albin. An excerpt from the piece is as follows:
When Jackie was two years old, her father was drafted into the French army. Therefore, it fell upon her grandparents and mother to provide a safe haven for the family after the German invasion of France in 1940. Living across the street from the German headquarters, Jackie remembers watching through the window of the house as guards patrolled the street.
In an effort to rejoin her husband in 1942, Jackie’s mother enlisted the help of a Christian friend to hike through the nearby mountainous region until they reached a place where she could safely remove the Star of David that Jews were required to wear. From there, she would board the train to meet her husband.
Unaware of the dangers ahead, Jackie’s grandparents felt it was unnecessary for Jackie to leave. “They didn’t realize what was going on,” Jackie recalls.
In the coming months, The FHM will present numerous 25th Anniversary celebratory programs, events, and exhibitions, along with its daily educational and outreach efforts.
June 21- In conjunction with the exhibition Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals: 1933-1945, The FHM presents a special showing of the film Paragraph 175. Between 1933 and 1945, 100,000 men were arrested for homosexuality under Paragraph 175, the sodomy provision of the German penal code dating back to 1871. Some were imprisoned, others were sent to concentration camps. Of the latter, only about 4,000 survived. Five of these men have now come forward to tell their stories for the first time in this powerful film. Please RSVP by calling 727.820.0100 ext. 301. Free and open to the public.
July 6- The FHM and the Tampa Bay Rays invite the community to come to Tropicana Field in support of The FHM on Thursday, July 6 at 7:10 p.m. when the Rays take on the Boston Red Sox! For just $25 ($36 value), your ticket includes a discounted seat in the lower level and $5 from each ticket donated back to the Museum. The FHM will be recognized preceding the game with a check presentation on the field, video showcase, and community corner. In addition, Holocaust Survivors John and Toni Rinde will throw out the first pitch! For additional information or to place your ticket order, please call 727.820.0100 ext. 301. Tickets are LIMITED.
To learn more about The FHM’s upcoming 25th Anniversary events and exhibitions, visit the Museum online at www.TheFHM.org/25th.
The Florida Holocaust Museum is located at 55 5th Street S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
About The Florida Holocaust Museum
2017 marks a monumental milestone for The Florida Holocaust Museum (The FHM) as the Museum celebrates its 25th Anniversary. One of the largest Holocaust museums in the country, and one of three nationally accredited Holocaust museums, The FHM honors the memory of millions of men, women and children who suffered of died in the Holocaust. The FHM is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides. For additional information, please visit www.TheFHM.org.