Holocaust Memorial Center Presents “Righteous of Poland” Book Talk and Lecture, Aug. 5
Rabbi Cukierkorn and Tammeus tell the story of brothers Zygie and the late Sol Allweiss in their book "They Were Just People: Stories of Rescue in Poland During the Holocaust." In addition to the Allweiss brothers’ story, the book chronicles nearly two dozen other accounts of how Jews in Poland survived the Shoah with non-Jewish help.
Approximately 90 percent of Poland’s 3.3 million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust. Among the survivors were brothers Zygie and the late Sol Allweiss, who both eventually settled in the Detroit area. Rabbi Cukierkorn and Tammeus tell the brothers’ story in their book They Were Just People: Stories of Rescue in Poland During the Holocaust. In addition to the Allweiss brothers’ story, the book chronicles nearly two dozen other accounts of how Jews in Poland survived the Shoah with non-Jewish help.
Rabbi Cukierkorn is the spiritual leader of Temple Israel of Greater Kansas City. Bill Tammeus is a columnist for The Presbyterian Outlook and The National Catholic Reporter.
“The Allweiss brothers’ story of survival is yet another testament to the human spirit, and an example of the righteousness of others to help their fellow man,” said Holocaust Memorial Center Executive Director Stephen M. Goldman. “We are honored to have Rabbi Cukierkorn and Mr. Tammeus at our museum to share this and the other stories of survival and hope that came out of this very dark period in Poland’s history.”
Tickets are $5.00 (members are free) and docent credit is available. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Lawrence Willim at 248-553-2400, extension 124.
About the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus
The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus opened in 1984. Local Holocaust survivors, with community support, founded the museum to teach about the senseless murder of millions, and why everyone must respect and stand up for the rights of others if the world is to prevent future discrimination, hate crime and genocide. As Michigan’s only Holocaust museum, the Holocaust Memorial Center annually touches the lives of more than 85,000 individuals, who leave the museum profoundly affected with a newly acquired sense of history, social responsibility and morality. The Holocaust Memorial Center’s exhibits create a call to action, teaching visitors through the examples of those who risked their lives to save others, and asking its guests to react to contemporary challenges such as racism, intolerance, bullying and prejudice.
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.