Holocaust Memorial Center Hosts Dr. Mimis Cohen for Presentation on the Holocaust and Greek Jews, Mar. 17
University of Illinois at Chicago professor Dr. Mimis Cohen will present on “Heroism & Humanity: A Reminder Once More About The Holocaust and The Greek Jews.” The event, co-sponsored by the Daughters of Penelope Dares Chapter #252, is free to the general public.
Beginning at 3 p.m., at the Holocaust Memorial Center located at 28123 Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills, Cohen will speak on the heroism of the amazing clergy, officials and lay people of Greece who risked their lives to save Greek Jews in spite of the tragic events related to the German occupation, which resulted in the loss of 87 percent of the Jewish population of Greece and the destruction of most historic communities.
Cohen’s lecture also will discuss the largely unknown history of the Jews of Greece over the centuries, their rich tradition and culture, achievements and interactions with their fellow Greek citizens.
Cohen is professor and chief of the division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Born and raised in Athens, Greece after World War II, he is the child of parents who survived the Holocaust by hiding in Christian homes. He has presented to a variety of groups, including the Holocaust Remembrance Project group at the Hellenic Museum of Chicago, the Greek-American Chamber of Commerce in New York, Columbia University, University of Michigan, St. Louis University and Hillel of Illinois.
The Daughters of Penelope, a national Greek fraternal organization with chapters worldwide, seeks to promote Hellenism, education, philanthropy, civic responsibility, family and individual excellence.
It is the mission of the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus to remember those who perished and those who survived the Holocaust and, in a world increasingly faced with sectarian strife and intolerance, to set forth the lessons of Holocaust as a model for teaching ethical conduct and responsible decision-making. By highlighting those individuals who, in the midst of evil, stood for the best, rather than the worst of human nature, the Holocaust Memorial Center seeks to contribute to maintaining an open and free society.
The facility is wheelchair accessible and free parking is available at both the North and South entrances.
For more information on the Holocaust Memorial Center, visit www.holocaustcenter.org, or call 248-553-2400.