Cor Suijk, CEO Emeritus of the Anne Frank House, Amsterdam and President of the Contemporary Holocaust Education Foundation, New York.

Date: Saturday March 20
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Anne Frank Exhibit, Coronado Center (Enter from Louisiana Blvd, outside entrance - Exhibit is next to Fuddrucker’s Restaurant)
Free and open to the public 

Cor Suijk is renowned for his efforts to bring the internationally acclaimed Anne Frank in The World: 1929-1945 exhibit to over 100 cities in the United States (twice to New Mexico collaborating with New Mexico Human Rights Projects) and also to many other places throughout the world. In his late teens, Cor helped his family hide Jews from the Nazis and was captured and placed in a concentration camp. He was a close friend and personal assistant to Otto Frank. Otto Frank gave Cor, for safe keeping, the 5 pages of Anne’s diary and asked Cor not to publish them until both he and his second wife had died.
Cor traveled throughout the U.S. with Miep Gies, the Frank family protector and keeper of Anne's diary, for many years, including a trip to Albuquerque in 1995 where she spoke to a crowd of 2000 at the Convention Center.  Until Miep's death at the age of 100 on January 11, 2009, Cor personally assisted her with her correspondence answering more than 5000 letters from people all over the world.  

Sexual Violence, Oppression and The Community: Why Sexual Violence is everyone’s issue,  Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico

Date: Saturday February 6, 2009
3:00 pm
Exhibit site at Coronado Center (south of Barnes & Noble)
Andrea J. Serrano – 505-266-7711
Free and open to the public

The session will cover the basic dynamics of sexual violence as a form of oppression as well as the need for the community to be a part of the solution toward ending sexual violence.  The Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico (RCCCNM) believes the basic reason for sexual violence is the need for power and control. This is oppression in its simplest form.  Ending violence means ending all forms of oppression. 

Lisa Lenard-Cook, author of Dissonance
Sponsored by the Esther Bone Memorial Library, Rio Rancho, NM

Date: Tuesday February 9, 2010
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Esther Bone Memorial Library
950 Pinetree Rd. SE, Rio Rancho, NM
Free and open to the public

Ms. Lenard-Cook will focus on her 2003 published book Dissonance, about Anna, a piano teacher who inherits the journals and scores of a composer she does not know. The composer was a survivor of Theresienstadt concentration camp and her music and journals have a profound effect on Anna. Ms Lenard-Cook will be available to answer questions and sign her book.

In 1879 Carlisle Indian School opened and was patterned after a military model.

The Roots of Violence in Indian Country: A Historical Journey
Beverly Wilkins
Executive Director, Blue Corn Mothers Alliance/ Peaceful Nations; Domestic Violence Prevention Advocate
Lemyra DeBruyn, Board President/ Adjunct Professor Blue Corn Mothers Alliance/ School of Public Health, University of Nevada/ Las Vegas

Date: Sunday February 14, 2010
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Exhibit site at Coronado Center (south of Barnes & Noble)
Free and open to the public

Ms. Wilkins (Creek/Cherokee) and Dr. DeBruyn (French Canadian) will describe the roots of violence in Indian Country from a historical perspective leading to the present. They will outline the genocide and disease that took place in the Americas following European contact and provide specific examples from different parts of the country. The impact of the Boarding School Era on family and community, which tore thousands of children away from their cultures and languages, will be highlighted as a historical ‘foundation’ setting the stage for violence in American Indian communities. Present day issues, such as social determinants of health, environmental conditions, suicide, domestic violence, child abuse and diabetes, will be addressed as symptoms of this history across generations. Ms. Wilkins and Dr. DeBruyn will also describe the indigenous grass roots movements formed to heal this devastating legacy focusing on survival and resilience through traditional ways, traditional foods, respect, humor, and hope.

Helene Silverblatt, professor of psychiatry and family and community medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, co-edited with her sister, Irene Silverblatt,  the first English translation of the collected works of Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger entitled Harvest of Blossoms: Poems from a Life Cut Short

Date: Saturday February 20, 2010
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Exhibit Site at Coronado Center (south of Barnes & Noble)
Free and open to the public

Dr. Silverblatt will speak about her cousin Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger, a young Jewish poet who died in a Ukrainian forced-labor camp in 1942. Selma started writing poems at the tender age of 15 and compiled it in a book she called Bluetenlese or Harvest of Blossoms.The poetry miraculously survived the Holocaust and reveals an artist of remarkable talent and enduring hope. It has been said that her collection of poetry will join Anne Frank's diary as a touching reminder of what the world lost by a life cut short.  In addition to reading some of Selma's poems, Dr. Silverblatt will also talk about the effect that Selma's poetry has had on present day Germans, Austrians and Ukrainians as they search for the meanings of her words today in relationship to their pasts. Dr. Silverblatt will sign copies of the book available for purchase.

Honor and Endurance – a lecture by Davis Begay, Honorary Consul of Japan at Albuquerque

Date: Saturday March 6, 2010
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Exhibit Site at Coronado Center (south of Barnes & Noble)
Free and open to the public

Honorary Consul General Begay’s presentation will try to answer why the American-born Japanese American men and women endured cruel inequities and racism, particularly during WWII and how they came through with honor.

Painting of the Engineers Barracks in Terezin By Sonja Fischerova

Sonja’s Legacy, presented by Tom Lerner

Saturday March 13, 2010
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Exhibit site at Coronado Mall (south of Barnes & Noble)
Free and open to the public

Sonja Fischerova was 13 years old in 1944 when she was killed in the gas chambers in Auschwitz. She was Albuquerque Holocaust survivor Julianna Lerner’s cousin. Tom Lerner, Julianna’s son, will speak about Sonja’s short life before the Nazis, the deportation of Sonja and her family to Terezin, and the efforts of the Terezin community to restore some sense of humanity in that environment. In Terezin, Sonja was a student of Bauhaus artist Friedl Dicker-Brandeis who used art as a way for concentration camp children to understand their emotions and their difficult environment. Sonja’s art work was discovered unexpectedly in 2000 by family members while touring a Prague synagogue displaying the artwork from the children of Terezin