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New Location

AHEC staff is currently working from our new location on Highland Avenue, with teacher and community programs being hosted on-site. We are currently taking limited group tours and will be open by appointment to the general public soon. For more information, contact us at info@ahecinfo.org or 205.795.4176.

Alexandra Senfft, “The Long Shadow of the Perpetrators” – The Nazi in My Family

Temple Emanu-El 2100 Highland Avenue South, Birmingham, AL, United States

This event is FREE and open to the public. More than 70 years after being executed as a war criminal, the memory of Third Reich ambassador to Slovakia, Hanns Elard Ludin, continues to weigh on his granddaughter, Alexandra Senfft. Ludin who was born in 1905 in Freiburg, Germany. He joined the Nazi party and the...
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“Violins of Hope” Survivor’s Sabbath Service

Temple Emanu-El 2100 Highland Avenue South, Birmingham, AL, United States

Program: 5:00 pm A musical event featuring the Violins of Hope, with Alan Goldspiel, Pei-Ju Wu, Jeanette Hightower, and others. 5:50 pm A special Sabbath service in honor of Holocaust survivors, featuring a message by Assi Bielski Weinstein, whose father was one of the renowned Polish partisans depicted in the Film Defiance. A reception will follow...
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Forging Ahead: Civil Rights Stories & Song

Temple Emanu-El 2100 Highland Avenue South, Birmingham, AL, United States

This is the first of a 2-part series that will share civil rights stories from Birmingham's past, with a special focus on Jewish involvement.  We will honor, through stories and song, the civil rights era, with an eye to the challenges of the future.   "The Context: Circa 1950s Civil Rights and the Jewish Community"...
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Teacher Workshop: Teaching About the Violins of Hope / Birmingham City Schools

Temple Emanu-El 2100 Highland Avenue South, Birmingham, AL, United States

Workshop Resources   The Alabama Holocaust Education Center (BHEC), in collaboration with Violins of Hope Birmingham is offering a targeted student experience for up to 10 Birmingham City Schools that will provide a unique approach to studying the Holocaust. Using the book Violins of Hope: Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour, and...
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“Violins of Hope” Book Talk and Signing, featuring award-winning author Dr. James E. Grymes

Temple Emanu-El 2100 Highland Avenue South, Birmingham, AL, United States

Musicologist James A. Grymes will discuss his book, "Violins of Hope: Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind's Darkest Hour." A stirring testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music, "Violins of Hope" tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust, and of Amnon Weinstein,...
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“Determined to Survive” Public Program & Book Signing

Temple Emanu-El 2100 Highland Avenue South, Birmingham, AL, United States

Join author, Amy McDonald, and Holocaust survivor, Max Steinmetz, as they celebrate the release of their book "Determined to Survive: A Story of Survival and One Teacher's Passion to Bring That Story to Life." Reception & Book Sale/Signing to Follow. FREE and open to the public. Event Poster Invitation