“How wonderful it is that nobody need to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~ Anne Frank
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. That poignant statement explains half of our program’s name “Learn AND Remember.” Hi blog readers, I’m Howie Nestel and I’m proud to be Public Library Director Ramiro Salazar’s co-founder of The Holocaust: Learn & Remember. This year, marks our 4th annual program of month long Holocaust learning opportunities (visit www.LearnAndRemember.org). Which leads me to the other half of our program name “learn” and we have learned a lot over the past 4 years. Through videos, audio, photographs, postcards, posters, guest speakers and partnerships with organizations like the Mazal Holocaust Library and the Holocaust Memorial Museum. Over the past 4 years we’ve learned about Holocaust survivors and liberators, about not only Jewish victims, but other Nazi targeted groups like Roma (Gypsies), the disabled, and some of the Slavic peoples (Poles, Russians), Jehovahs Witness, homosexuals, and others. We even conducted a program called Think & Act about racism and bullying. It’s been a busy 4 years bringing all of these free and informational programs to the San Antonio community.
I invite all of you to the 2016 closing program and keynote speaker Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger. His incredible talk “Against All Odds Change Is Possible” is free and open to the public. He will describe the struggle of growing up in Germany in the shadow of his father, a Nazi war hero and highly decorated World War II German tank commander. His father was personally presented with the Iron Cross by Adolf Hitler. Dr. Wollschlaeger left his family, converted to Judaism, emigrated to Israel and served in the Israel Defense Forces as a Medical Officer. He will speak at the Central Library Auditorium at 6:00pm on May 26, 2016. This event is not to be missed.
Learn & Remember – Co-Chair
Sharkmatic Advertising – President