Marking the 65th Anniversary of the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Jean Bloch Rosensaft, Director of the HUC-JIR Museum in New York, has been invited by the government of Lower Saxony in Germany to attend the memorial ceremonies marking the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen on Sunday, April 18, 2010.  British troops liberated the concentration camp on April 15, 1945.  Today, the Gedenkstatte Bergen-Belsen maintains the memorial site of the camp, including the mass graves in which thousands of victims were buried, among them Anne Frank and her sister Margot.  Rosensaft is an advisor to the director and curators of the Bergen-Belsen Memorial Museum and Archive.  The Museum, which depicts the tragic history of Bergen-Belsen during the Holocaust, also includes a wing permanently installed with Rosensaft’s exhibition on the return to life of the survivors after their liberation in the Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons Camp.  The traveling photo-documentary exhibition "Rebirth After the Holocaust: The Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons Camp, 1945-1950" that is the basis for the Museum's permanent installation continues to travel to museums throughout North America under the auspices of the HUC-JIR Museum.  It is currently on view at the Jewish History Museum in Tucson, Arizona, through June 6: http://www.jewishhistorymuseum.org/


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu