Recordings of several of our past events are available on our YouTube channel.
Educator of the Year Interview: Nick Haberman
Thursday, March 11, 3pm
This event is pre-recorded and will continue to be available after the premier.
The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh’s Education Outreach Associate, Emily Bernstein, is conducting a series of interviews with the winners of Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh’s “Holocaust Educator of the Year” awards to learn more about their inspiring classrooms and advice they have for other educators on teaching this difficult topic.
Nick Haberman is a 4th generation teacher from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2018, he was named the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh’s “Holocaust Educator of the Year,” the Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies “Secondary Teacher of the Year,” Incline Magazine’s “Who’s Next in Education,” “Master Teacher of the Holocaust” by the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, and was a 2019-2020 Unites States Holocaust Memorial Museum teacher fellow. In addition to creating and managing the Light Education Initiative, Nick teaches “The Holocaust: Background, Tragedy, and Aftermath” and “Multiculturalism, Genocide, and Human Rights Violations” at Shaler Area High School.
2021 Yom HaShoah Program
Thursday, April 8, 2021, 11am
The first major program under the auspices of the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, established in 1980, was a Yom HaShoah commemoration. Throughout its 40 year history, the Center has held the commemoration every year thereafter, making it the cornerstone our yearly programming. In keeping with our 2020-2021 program theme of “40 Years of the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh”, this year’s commemoration will include photographs and mementos of the many commemorations the Center has held over the past 40 years.
About Yom HaShoah
Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, is the day set aside to remember the approximately six-million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. In Israel, it is a national memorial day.
Yom HaShoah was inaugurated in 1959, anchored in a law signed by then Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion and Israeli President Yitzhak Ben-Zvi. It is held on the 27th of the Jewish month of Nisan. Because the 27th of Nisan changes each year on the secular calendar, the date of the commemoration varies year to year.
The 2021 Yom HaShoah program is underwritten by Agnes Rocher and Family, in memory of her husband George.
Conversations Series: Dr. David Rosenberg
Thursday, April 22, 2021, 3PM
Dr. David Rosenberg’s life has been one of scholarly, archival work tied fundamentally into activism. He is committed to the memory of oft-forgotten people and their circumstances, and the ongoing communal work of remembering. In this conversation, he and Dr. Lauren Bairnsfather establish an introduction to Dr. Rosenberg and his work.
This conversation kicks off a 6-part series of mini-documentaries with Dr. Rosenberg as he shares the stories of some of the subjects of his research and illustrates the Jews of Amiens as a microcosm of the French Jewish experience during the Holocaust.
About Dr. David Rosenberg: Dr. Rosenberg holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in French History from Yale University. Dr. Rosenberg taught history at the University of Mississippi and Washington and Jefferson College before serving as Labor Archivist at the University of Pittsburgh from 1988 to 2007.
Dr. Rosenberg’s lifelong relationship with Amiens, France, was forged in 1973 when he travelled there to write his dissertation on the city’s Protestant minority of the 16th-17th centuries. Starting in 2011, he began researching and documenting the history of the Jewish community of Amiens during the German occupation, an effort which has received international acclaim.
Dr. Rosenberg compiled his research into an exhibit, Jews of the Somme, and a website, www.jewsofthesomme.com, in collaboration with his daughter, Lydia Rosenberg. Thanks to his efforts, the Departmental Archives in Amiens made available in digital form a collection of more than 34,000 pages of documents on the Jews of the Somme previously available only in Archives in Paris. For his contributions to the history and archives of Amiens and its region Dr. Rosenberg was honored in 2013 as a Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.
One of his most high-profile projects took place in the 1990s and early 2000s, when he was the organizer of the Committee for Appropriate Acknowledgment (CAA). Dr. Rosenberg and the CAA, working within Pittsburgh, PA, sought to research and document Bayer AG’s corporate culpability during the Holocaust and pushed for corporate acknowledgment and atonement. Dr. Rosenberg dedicated 14 years to this project, and his research is now in the collection of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Another important piece of activism for Dr. Rosenberg began in 2004, when he heard media reports of a genocide in Western Sudan. In response, he co-founded the grassroots activist group Pittsburgh Darfur Emergency Coalition (PDEC). He served as the coalition’s Volunteer Coordinator from 2004-2018. Notably, in 2010 he organized a Sudanese Diaspora summit in Pittsburgh hosted by Carnegie Mellon University. He was later recognized by the national group Save Darfur through its “Darfur Heroes” program.
Dr. Rosenberg has also previously served as President of the Tree of Life Congregation Men’s Club and Regional President of the Tri-State Region Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs. He is currently a member of the Adult Education Committee at Temple Emanuel of South Hills.