Virtual Program Recordings

Past Programming

If you missed our past programs, please enjoy the opportunity to see them below!

June 2020

A Story of Survival: Eva Schloss

Original Program Date: June 28, 2020

Eva Schloss will share her experiences and discuss the miraculous way in which she and her mother were able to survive during the Holocaust. She will talk about how attitudes impact hate and discrimination today.

Please also see Eva’s books:

  • Eva’s Story
  • The Promisee
  • Afteer Auschwitz

White Myths Black Lives: The Roots of Racial Oppression in America

Original Program Date: June 26, 2020

This presentation, explores the roots of antiblack social, political, and economic practices in the United States. Far from the accidental consequences of a radical few, white supremacy is rooted in a systemic embrace of oppression adopted after the Civil War. Black people and white allies have fought against these practices for more than a century. This presentation will build our understanding of the myths that fuel antiblack racism and empower us to reject their crippling legacy.

May 2020

ReThink:  Be A Change Maker

Original Program Date: May 8, 2020

Hear 19-year-old Trisha Prabhu, the Founder and CEO of ReThink, a social enterprise that’s working to tackle online hate, discuss how you can become a change-maker. A Harvard sophomore, Trisha’s work has reached over 5 million globally, and been featured on stages that include ABC’s Shark Tank, and The White House. In her talk, Trisha will take you through her journey, her obstacles, and her success – and provide tangible tips on how you can engineer solutions to the social justice issues you care about.

Digital Positivity – Keeping Kids Safe Online

Original Program Date: May 5, 2020

Amidst the many challenges COVID-19 has presented, it has also threatened the digital positivity and safety that we strive to create for our children. With young people increasingly living their lives online (taking classes, connecting with the world, etc.), the result, we fear, may be online hate. Hear ReThink Founder and CEO Trisha Prabhu discuss cyberbullying, and empowering young people to be the best they can online. This program includes a discussion of cyberbullying – what it is (in its many forms), who it most impacts, and why science says it happens, as well as a comprehensive introduction to the ReThink tool, an app that encourages tweens and teens to make positive decisions online. Parents/educators will learn the most recent, important facts about cyberbullying, as well as gain exposure to an up-and-coming tool to address it.

April 2020

A Conversation With My Mom – A Holocaust Survivor

Original Program Date: April 21, 2020

On Yom HaShoah – or Holocaust Remembrance Day, we honor Survivors and Victims, and we remember.

Listen in to the recording of this live event where Holocaust Survivor Suzanne Schneider was interviewed by her daughter, Lisa Early. They discussed Suzanne’s life in Poland before the war, and how Suzanne and her family were hidden by non-Jewish Rescuers who were later deemed Righteous Among Nations by Yad Vashem – the Holocaust Museum in Israel. You will hear how their resiliency helped them survive amid horrifying loss.


Unsilence Injustice: A Secret At Auschwitz

Original Program Date: April 23, 2020

Very special heartfelt thanks to our sponsors for making this program a reality: Matt & Shane Broffman and Andrew Snyder.

Led by Dr. Danny Cohen, from Northwestern University and founder of Unsilence, along with Sammi Oberman, you will be immersed in a true story.  Danny transports you to his first trip to Auschwitz where he suddenly realizes the stories of gay men and others were silenced. Together, we explored alternative narratives impacting the outcome and how you can apply, or unsilence, your voice today.

Hiding in the Spotlight – an Event with Greg Dawson

Original event date: April 26, 2020

The Holocaust Center featured local writer Greg Dawson, author of Hiding in the Spotlight: A Musical Prodigy’s Story of Survival 1941-1946. Greg shared the harrowing story of how his mother survived the Holocaust.  Zhanna Arshanskaya, Greg’s mom, was a gifted child musician who had been offered a scholarship to the Moscow State Conservatory. Her life changed dramatically in 1941 when Germany invaded the Soviet Union and began rounding up Jewish families. Thanks to her father’s cunning, Zhanna and her sister Frina escaped and fled to the countryside, hiding and surviving as best they could until they eventually found shelter in an orphanage.

The sisters’ musical talent was discovered by the occupying forces. With new names and non-Jewish identities, they ended up performing for the unsuspecting Nazis. After the war, without family or resources, the girls were sent to a displaced persons camp. At the urging of the camp’s director, in 1946 they emigrated to New York and enrolled at Juilliard on scholarships.


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