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Passages to Safety: Untold Stories of Jewish Refugees in Latin America

March 12 @ 6:00 pm

While Latin America only permitted about 84,000 Jewish refugees during the Holocaust, pockets of hope emerged. Tens of thousands of Spanish and Jewish refugees escaped Nazi-occupied Europe with the help of diplomats like Gilberto Bosques Saldívar of México. Jews were also offered crucial passage away from Nazi persecution by governments in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, and Ecuador. Join Irvin Moreno-Rodriguez, interim director of the Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center and member of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, for a discussion about Jewish refuge in Latin America during the Holocaust.

This program is free, but the suggested donation is $10. We always appreciate your support of our efforts in Holocaust and antisemitism education!

This event is part of our “Elizabeth Sylvian Memorial Lectures,” which address issues related to the Holocaust, including lessons still to be learned and implications for the 21st century.

Sponsored by: Drs. Ricardo & Blima Mitre, Todd Rosenfeld & Delilah Picard, Anonymous, Chatham University Social Sciences Department, and the Center for Latin American Studies at University of Pittsburgh.

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Irvin is a first-generation Mexican-American who’s dedicated his life to education, community organizing, and leadership for Latinos.

Irvin earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Stockton University in 2015 and went on to complete his Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from the same institution in 2022. His impressive academic qualifications are matched by his impressive track record of community involvement.

Currently, he serves as the Board President of El Pueblo Unido of Atlantic City. This advocacy organization works tirelessly for immigrant rights in Atlantic County, New Jersey. Irvin has held various other high-profile positions in the past, including member of the Fund Development Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Atlantic & Cape May Counties, Executive Member of the Hispanic Advocacy Committee for Equity (H.A.C.E), Secretary and Advocacy Chair of the Hispanic Association of Atlantic County (HAAC), and Co-Chair of the Education Committee of the NAACP’s Atlantic City Branch.

In recognition of his tireless work and dedication to promoting Holocaust education in the state of New Jersey, Irvin was appointed by Governor Phil Murphy as a member of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education in 2021.

Irvin is the current interim director of the Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center at Stockton University.


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