Jewish Witnesses to a European Century: 20th Century Jewish History through Personal Stories


Thursdays, November 10, 17, and December 1, 15, 2016 from 7:30 to 9:00 pm


  • Dr. Lauren Granite


Bethesda Jewish Congregation

Program Series: 

  • FJS Courses & Bible Study Center

These are the stories of Jewish lives in pre- and post-World War II Europe: tales of how people fell in love, where they went to school and worked, how they survived the war, and how they rebuilt their lives after the war. From 2000-2010, Centropa – a Jewish historical institute based in Austria – interviewed 1,200 elderly Jews still living in the region. Centropa asked these survivors to share their life stories as they looked at their old family photographs. Centropa's goal was to preserve Jewish memory, which is why they scanned over 22,000 old family photographs and began to produce short multimedia films that recount the most compelling stories they heard. This course explores 20th century Central and Eastern European Jewry through these remarkable stories. The four classes will focus on Sephardic Jews in the Balkans, Jews from Austria and Germany, Hungarian Jewish Stories, and Jews of Poland and Russia.

Dr. Lauren Granite is the U.S. Education Director for Centropa, a non-profit Jewish historical institute dedicated to preserving 20th century Jewish family stories and photos from Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans and disseminating these stories and photos through films, books and exhibitions. Centropa's main office is in Vienna, Austria with offices in Budapest, Berlin, and Washington, DC.

This program will be held at and co-sponsored by:

Bethesda Jewish Congregation
6601 Bradley Boulevard
Bethesda, Maryland 20817

Endowed by Sheryl Silverman in memory of Dr. A. Ross Lerner.