MacArthur Memorial to mark 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II with Holocaust Documentary
NORFOLK, Va. – This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and the liberation of the remaining Nazi concentration camps. To mark these anniversaries, the MacArthur Memorial, the Tidewater Jewish Federation, and the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater have partnered to sponsor a free public screening of the documentary Who Will Write Our History (2018).
In November 1940, the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, with the intention of transporting them to concentration camps. Who Will Write Our History tells the story of a secretive group of journalists, scholars, and community leaders within the Warsaw Ghetto who decided to fight back. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, the group vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists, but with pen and paper. They defied the Nazis by documenting what they witnessed – and risked everything so that these records would survive the war to “scream the truth to the world” – even if they themselves did not.
The screening will be held on January 30, 2020 at 7:00 PM in the MacArthur Memorial Visitors Center in downtown Norfolk. For additional details, please visit: www.macarthurmemorial.org.
About the MacArthur Memorial: The MacArthur Memorial was founded in 1964 as a museum and library dedicated to the life and times of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, who is buried in the Memorial’s rotunda with his wife Jean. The City of Norfolk operates the Memorial in close partnership with the nonprofit General Douglas MacArthur Foundation. It averages over 50,000 visitors per year and is open free of charge. For more information, please visit www.macarthurmemorial.org.
About the Tidewater Jewish Foundation and the UJFT Holocaust Commission: The mission of the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater is to foster an understanding of the uniqueness and magnitude of the Holocaust, while inspiring students, teachers, and our community to champion human dignity in our constantly changing world. We do this through community partnerships and time-tested educational programs in schools, on military bases and throughout the community, that imprint the lessons of the Holocaust and urge people to consider those lessons as they make moral decisions in their own lives. For more information, please visit www.holocaustcommission.org. The Tidewater Jewish Foundation works to ensure the future of the Jewish community through philanthropic fund development, grant distribution, and professional management of local foundations and endowment assets.