Thanks to the Hornstein Family’s 18 year sponsorship of their Holocaust Lecture Series, Rabbi Barbara was invited to Cincinnati, OH as the guest lecturer for 2018. Her visit included a “Hard Hat” tour of the soon-to-open Holocaust and Humanities Center, located in the beautifully restored Art Deco Cincinnati train station – the final stop for many Holocaust survivors as they arrived by train to make Cincinnati their new home.
Tour guests included the Hornstein brothers, Frank and Mark and Mark’s daughter Shira and was hosted by CEO Sarah Weiss who explained the fascinating exhibits such as the re-creation of a Polish ghetto wall, complete with small holes where young children smuggled food and other necessities to their families inside. The museum will open on January 27, 2019, which marks the same date in 1945 when the Auschwitz death was liberated.
On Sunday Dec. 2 Rabbi Barbara spoke to a near capacity audience of Jewish and Italian Americans who attended her lecture on Italian Jews and WW II, a speech that focused not only on Italy’s infamous alignment with Hitler, but the little known story of the Ferramonti Camp, located near to Rabbi Barbara’s home and synagogue, where 4,000 Jews were saved from deportation by Italian soldiers and Calabrian villagers.
I enjoyed meeting you so much. Your talk was very engaging and informative and I hope I can visit you in Italy later this year. Thank you so much for coming to Cincinnati!
JF.H., Minneapolis, MN
I want to thank you on behalf of myself and the Holocaust and Humanity Center of Cincinnati for your visit and lecture today. Your lecture was wonderful and tremendously engaging both because of the fascinating topic and your excellent presentation. As we were leaving the Temple, many volunteered how interesting and meaningful your lecture was to them. There was even talk about a trip to visit the Jewish sites of Southern Italy; so you may see us again, John, C. MD
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