HOLOCAUST MUSEUMS AND MONUMENTS: THE NEXT GENERATION
Alice Herscovitch was the Executive Director of the Montreal Holocaust Museum for 11 years, and continues to serve as their Consulant on Donor & Government Relations. Additionally, Alice was the Director of Social Development at the Conférence régionale des élus, and the Executive Director of Project Genesis. She lectured for many years at the McGill School of Social Work, and is a member on the Executive Committee of Centraide of Greater Montreal and the Notre-Dame-de-Grace Community Council. Alice has worked for over 30 years with individuals and organizations to promote progressive change on social justice issues, and sustain non-profit organizations. On this panel, Alice will discuss how Canada's only historical Holocaust Museum strategically educates the public and maintains the relevance of the Holocaust 75 years later. She will also discuss challenges and opportunities, the importance of innovative Holocaust education, and the urgency of collection/preservation of testimonies and artifacts.
Zev Lanton is the child of Holocaust survivors, and a highly regarded educational leader and speaker with postgraduate degrees in Education and Rabbinic Ordination. Zev is passionate about continuing the faith and legacy of his Survivor parents. He is currently the Director of International Relations for the Museum of Eternal Faith and Resilience (Tel Aviv), which tells the lesser-known narrative of spiritual resistance during the Holocaust. Zev was previously the Jerusalem Great Synagogue’s Director-General, and assisted various Israeli non-profit organizations as a philanthropic advisor on health & education. Prior, Zev lived in Canada, where he was the Hebrew Foundation School in Montreal’s Head of School for 20+ years. He also served on the Bronfman Jewish Education Centre’s Canada Israel Experience Committee, was President of the Association of Education Leaders in Montreal, and mentored many educational leaders throughout North America through the Lookstein Center at Bar-Ilan University.
LORD ERIC PICKLES
Lord Eric Pickles is a British Conservative Party politician, the chairman of Conservative Friends of Israel, the United Kingdom Special Envoy for Post-Holocaust Issues, and the Co-Chair of the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre currently being built next to Parliament. His previous roles include Member of Parliament (Brentwood and Ongar), Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, United Kingdom Anti-Corruption Champion, Minister of State for Faith, and Chairman of the Conservative Party. Eric Pickles has been lauded for "nearly 40 years of public service and [being] a true champion of Holocaust and remembrance [with] Holocaust survivors who so admire him" by the Holocaust Educational Trust's Chief Executive. Similarly, the Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust has stated that Eric works "tirelessly to ensure that the lessons from the Holocaust and other genocides are taught and learned across the UK, and [he] continues to campaign passionately against Holocaust denial and antisemitism."
MODERATED BY MICHAEL BERENBAUM
Michael Berenbaum is a writer, lecturer, and teacher consulting in the conceptual development of museums and the development of historical films. He is director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust at the American Jewish University (formerly the University of Judaism) where he is also a Professor of Jewish Studies. In the past he has served as the Weinstein Gold Distinguished Visiting Professor at Chapman University, the Podlich Distinguished Visitor at Claremont-McKenna College, the Ida E. King Distinguished Professor of Holocaust Studies at Richard Stockton College for 1999–2000 and the Strassler Family Distinguished Visiting Professor of Holocaust Studies at Clark University in 2000.
For three years, Michael was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. He was the Director of the United States Holocaust Research Institute at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Hymen Goldman Adjunct Professor of Theology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. From 1988–93, Michael served as Project Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, overseeing its creation. He also served as Director of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington, Opinion‑Page Editor of the Washington Jewish Week and Deputy Director of the President's Commission on the Holocaust where he authored its Report to the President. He has previously taught at Wesleyan University and Yale University. Michael was the conceptual developer on the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Educational Center in Skokie, conceptual developer and chief curator of the Belzec Memorial, conceptual developer on the Memoria y Tolerancia in Mexico City, and historian to the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. He is currently working on the Memorial Museum to Macedonia Jewry in Skopje, the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, and others.