The Comsewogue Public Library has been an active participant in the Long Island Reads Program since its inception in 2002. In April, during National Library Week, readers from Nassau and Suffolk Counties will, once again, come together and read the same book. This year’s choice is The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman which is the story of a newly married, Jewish couple, in Prague during the Nazi invasion. At Comsewogue Public Library on April 12, from 7:00-8:30 pm we will be having a book discussion which is open to Comsewogue cardholders. Registration is required. Click here to register.
Another program offered in conjunction with Long Island Reads is The Relevance of the Holocaust. Werner Reich will present a true story of his survival from the Nazi camp system to Tito’s Communist Regime to his immigration to the United States. This program is open to Comsewogue cardholders and their guests. Registration is required. Click here to register.
Our April display in the Adult Department and in our Video Room will be Holocaust: a Month of Remembrance and will contain books, audiobooks and DVDs related to this important topic.
There will also be an author event at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library on Sunday, April 22, at 2:00 pm. This program is open to all Suffolk and Nassau county residents. Alyson Richman will be discussing her book. Seating is limited. First come, first served.
This year the National Days of Remembrance of the Holocaust will be observed from April 15th through the 22nd. Our April display in the Adult department and in our video room will be Holocaust a Month of Remembrance and will contain books, audiobooks and DVD’s related to this important topic.
For those of you who would like to learn more about the Holocaust you may want to visit the Museum of Jewish Heritage located in Battery Park City, Manhattan. They have many exhibits going on and they are always changing so make sure you check their website for the scheduled time periods for these events. “The Mission of the Museum is to educate people of all ages and backgrounds about the broad tapestry of Jewish life in the 20th and 21st centuries – before, during, and after the Holocaust.” 30, Mar. 2012<http://www.mjhnyc.org/findex.html>
If you find yourself traveling to the Washington D.C. area you might want to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Located on the National Mall, the museum contains many exhibits including the permanent exhibit titled simply The Holocaust. Visitors go on a self-guided tour of over 900 artifacts in three floors of the museum building. There are also Online Exhibits for those who cannot visit the museum. Select Museum Exhibitions from the homepage and then select Online Exhibitions.
Another great source for Holocaust information is the Yad Vashem website.The site contains a photo archive, the largest in the world, containing 200,000 photographs related to the Holocaust. The website also contains a multimedia section that includes videos, slideshows, audio and virtual tours.
In 2005 the United Nations designated January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This day is important because it’s the day when the Auschwitz-Birkenau liberation took place. Each year a theme is selected, the theme for 2012 is Children and the Holocaust.