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San Antonio Public Library’s The Holocaust: Learn & Remember Annual Observance to be Commemorated with Virtual Programs Throughout January

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Published on Wednesday, January 6, 2021

San Antonio Public Library’s The Holocaust: Learn & Remember Annual Observance to be Commemorated with Virtual Programs Throughout January

CONTACT: Victoria Villarreal, 210-207-2577 


SAN ANTONIO (January 6, 2021) – The San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) and the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio (HMMSA) will host a variety of online programs throughout January as part of the ninth annual, The Holocaust: Learn & Remember program series. The Holocaust: Learn & Remember is an annual initiative created to enlighten and educate the community on the importance of promoting tolerance and inspiring acceptance while remembering those who were lost in this horrific moment in history. 
This year’s Learn & Remember series theme, “Isolation in the Holocaust”, will feature an online exhibit, online programs including presentations by  Holocaust survivors, a Take-and-Make kit available through Contact-Free Pickup at all library locations, and more. 
Visit for more information on the series and to view the online exhibit. Additionally, here is a promotional video with further details on this year’s programs
Schedule of Events 
All events and registration links can be found at
“Discrimination and Isolation During the Holocaust” - Online Exhibit 
Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio 
January 4-31, 2021  
Holocaust Remembrance Walk
Semmes Branch Library - 15060 Judson Rd., 78247
Through January 31st

As a part of The Holocaust: Learn & Remember series this year, we invite you to visit Semmes Branch Library to view a Holocaust Remembrance Walk. This Walk features images and text from this year’s online The Holocaust: Learn & Remember exhibit. As you view the images and read the text, we hope that you learn more about the trauma, isolation, and discrimination that victims of the Holocaust experienced. The Holocaust Remembrance Walk will be available at Semmes Branch Library through January 31st. Please practice social distancing as you share the grounds with other visitors.
Public Speaking Programs (presented online) 
Isolation at Wobbelin Concentration Camp 
Dr. Roger Barnes - University of the Incarnate Word  

  • Wednesday, January 6 | 7PM  
  • Wednesday, January 13 | 7PM  
  • Wednesday, January 20 | 7PM  

Life in the Secret Annex:  Challenges for survival for Anne Frank  
Gene Festa - Docent from Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio Presentation 

  • Thursday, January 7 | 7PM 
  • Sunday, January 10 | 3PM 
  • Thursday, January 14 | 3PM 

Hiding: In the Attic and in Plain Sight 
Liz Reichman - Docent from Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio  

  • Wednesday, January 6 | 3PM 
  • Tuesday, January 12 | 6PM 
  • Thursday, January 21 | 10AM  

Isolation and Social Death in Nazi Germany 
Dr. Edward B. Westermann - Texas A&M University-San Antonio (Professor of History) 

  • Monday, January 11 | 2PM & 7PM  

Jews Hiding in Plain Sight 
Reyna Stovall - Docent from Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio 

  • Thursday, January 14 | 7PM 
  • Thursday, January 21 | 7PM 

Holocaust Survivor’s Story of Isolation (to be translated into Spanish) 
Pieter Kohnstam - Holocaust Survivor from Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect 

  • Tuesday, January 19 | 6PM 
  • This program will be presented in Spanish 

Mr. Kohnstam, a Holocaust Survivor, lived in the same apartment complex as Anne Frank and later escaped to Buenos Aires. 
Closing Event  
Evi Blaikie - Organization: Holocaust Survivor from Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect 

  • Wednesday, January 27 | 6PM (International Holocaust Remembrance Day) 


Evi Blaikie was born just a year before the outbreak of WWII in Paris, France, to Hungarian Jewish parents. When the Germans invaded, her parents were deported and she was smuggled to Hungary to live with her mother's relatives. In 1944, when the Germans invaded Hungary, Evi, her mother, who had escaped from deportation, went into hiding for a harrowing year until they were liberated by the Soviet Army. Following liberation, and the disappearance of her father and most of her family, Evi and her mother returned to France, where she was placed in the Anna Szenes orphanage. Two years later they immigrated to England where Evi was sent to the Norwood Jewish orphanage, but managed to get a scholarship to the prestigious Saint Martin-in-the Field Hight School for girls. In 1991, Evi was instrumental in founding a group called the Hungarian Hidden Children of NY, Inc.  In 2003, she published her memoir, Magda's Daughter, followed in 2010 by, Remember Us, an anthology of short stories by Hidden Children. Her wartime experiences are shown in the just released documentary of the same name. 

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