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Virtual program: Hidden Children and their Rescuers

August 23, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

| free program
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This program will explore the history and psychology of hidden children and their rescuers during the Holocaust. Meet three formerly hidden children: renowned Jewish advocate Abraham H. Foxman (hidden in Poland), psychologist Dr. Noémi Perelman Mattis (hidden in Belgium) and Holocaust educator Ruth Kapp Hartz.(hidden in France).



⇒ August 21-23, any time, watch the film Hidden (Project Witness, dir. Gi Orman, 2017, 75 minutes) on your home device.  This film focuses on hidden children from Orthodox Jewish homes, particularly in Eastern Europe, and includes the story of Abraham H. Foxman. A link has been provided to all who registered.

⇒ August 23 at 4:00 p.m. US Eastern Time, tune into the discussion with our distinguished panelists.  A link has been provided to all who registered.



Abe Foxman

After serving 28 years as National Director and a total of fifty years with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Abraham H. Foxman retired in 2015 and became National Director Emeritus. He is world-renowned as a leader in the fight against anti-semitism, bigotry and discrimination and speaks out on issues of global anti-semitism, the war on terrorism, church/state issues, religious intolerance and issues relating to the Holocaust. During his long and distinguished career, Foxman has had consultations with world leaders on every continent including the three most recent popes. Abraham Foxman was a hidden child in Poland during the Holocaust, and his story is featured in the film Hidden produced by Project Witness.

Ruth HartzRuth Kapp Hartz (right) is a retired teacher who was a hidden child in France during the Holocaust. She is the author of A Legacy of Goodness, the story of her French rescuers during World War II, and the subject of the book Your Name is Renée by Stacy Cretzmeyer.  A graduate of the University of Paris, Sorbonne, she taught French for over thirty years in Pennsylvania. She is an active Board member of the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center in Philadelphia. Hartz was the recipient of the Legion of Honor from the Chapel of Four Chaplains of Philadelphia in recognition of her outstanding service to Bryn Mawr College as well as other awards for her contributions to Holocaust education. Hear a bit of her story at this link.

Mom and Esther Landa (1)Dr. Noémi Perelman Mattis (left) is a psychologist in private practice in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was a hidden child in Brussels during the Holocaust, while her parents Chaim and Fela Perelman founded and led the Jewish Resistance there. She earned a JD from the University of Brussels, graduating first in her class, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University.  She specializes in the treatment of adult survivors of childhood trauma. She has been a member of the Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women and a Co-Chair of the Utah State Task Force on Ritual Abuse. Dr. Mattis lectures widely and gave an invited address at the international gathering in Jerusalem of the hidden children of Belgium.  Hear a bit of her story at this link.


PLEASE NOTE: This program is full, and registration is closed.


This program is co-sponsored by Descendants of Holocaust Survivors (2G Greater New York) and the Hidden Child Foundation.

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August 23, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
free program
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