On Wednesday, November 18th at 7:00 pm, there will be a program on The Lost Society of Polish Jewry. The program centers on The Tailors of Tomaszow: A Memoir of Polish Jews. The book was researched and written by Allan Chernoff and his mother, Rena Margulies Chernoff. Mr. Chernoff will be the presenter. His mother, Rena Chernoff, is among the youngest survivors of the holocaust. The work is a communal memoir and history that begins by describing the prewar life of Tomaszow and its vibrant Jewish community. It then goes on to describe the mounting terror that was part of the systematic destruction of this same community during World War II. How did a small remnant of Tomaszow Jews survive first the Nazi occupation and then the concentration camps? In the lecture, Mr. Chernoff will examine myths of the Holocaust and explore difficult questions such as: Why were most Jews poorly prepared to resist the Nazis? How did some survive? Heidi Urich, president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston, will speak about the programs and resources available at the JGSGB. Reference librarian Ginny Audet, will briefly discuss Holocaust-related books owned by the Newton Free Library. A book signing will follow with books provided by New England Mobile Book Fair.
If you come into the library during the month of November, be sure to check the display that was put together about the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston in conjunction with the Chernoff lecture . It will be in the display windows as you walk into the Reference area of the Atrium just off the front lobby of the library. The JGSGB has put together an impressive display.
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