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Date: April 3, 2004 (04-41)

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Montgomery College to Hold Holocaust Commemoration
Event to Feature Music, Book Lecture, Multimedia Presentation April 21  

            The Paul Peck Humanities Institute at Montgomery College will hold its annual Holocaust Commemoration and Celebration of Life on Wednesday, April 21, in the Music Recital Hall, room 126, of the Music Building on the Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street.  This year, the Holocaust Commemoration features a lecture by noted Holocaust scholar Myrna Goldenberg and an interactive multimedia presentation by Bernice Steinhardt, president and chairperson of Art & Remembrance.  The evening will begin at 6:45 p.m. with a name reading ceremony and musical accompaniment by harpist Leah Fleisher.  The formal program will begin at 7 p.m. with opening remarks and a candle lighting ceremony.   

Montgomery College Professor Emerita Dr. Myrna Goldenberg will follow in the program with a lecture about her book, Experience and Expression: Women, the Nazis, and the Holocaust (co-edited with Elizabeth Baer), a collection that explores many topics, such as rescue and resistance; the fate of female forced laborers; nurses at so-called euthanasia centers; women’s experiences of food and hunger in the camps; and the uses and abuses of Anne Frank.  Dr. Goldenberg’s talk, entitled “Gentle Heroism: Women and the Holocaust,” is part of the College’s Books and Ideas literary series.

Dr. Goldenberg began the Holocaust Commemoration at Montgomery College in 1994. A noted lecturer and researcher, Dr. Goldenberg has received national and international recognition as both a Holocaust and feminist scholar. In addition to establishing the women’s studies program at the College, she also founded and served as director of the Paul Peck Humanities Institute.

            After Dr. Goldenberg’s talk, the program will continue with a multimedia presentation by Bernice Steinhardt, a Bethesda resident.  Steinhardt and her sister founded Art and Remembrance, a non-profit organization which aims to “illuminate the effects of war, intolerance, and other forms of social injustice on its victims.”  Art and Remembrance achieves its mission by showing the artwork of those victims, including Steinhardt’s mother Esther Nisenthal Krinitz. 

A survivor of the Holocaust in Poland, Krinitz began creating three-dimensional tapestries of her life at age 50.  Krinitz, a dressmaker by trade, had no formal artist training.  Krinitz passed away in 2001, but her artwork continues to reach audiences through the work of her daughters.  Krinitz’s tapestries are currently on display at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. 

Steinhardt, Krinitz’s daughter, will present slides of her mother’s work and share the stories behind the stitches.  She will also present a 13-minute documentary film about Krinitz, which was produced and directed by Lawrence Kasdan, the acclaimed director of “Body Heat,” “The Big Chill,” and “The Accidental Tourist.” 

A sign language interpreter will be present at the event, which is free and open to the public.  The Holocaust Commemoration received support from the Maryland Humanities Council.

For more information about the Holocaust Commemoration, please call the Paul Peck Humanities Institute at 240-567-7417, log on to or visit and click on Calendar.  

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