Holocaust Survivor Bertie Lubinsky spoke at the opening reception. Photo by Azusa Tarn.
Bertie Lubinsky was a little girl of eight years old in 1940 when German tanks rolled through her hometown of Amsterdam and the occupation began. Her family was forced into hiding two years later. Her parents became separated from each other and then from her. She was whisked off to live with a pastor’s family in the Dutch countryside, and hid in their house and then in their attic for three years. Both of Bertie’s parents died in Nazi concentration camps before she was 13. By the time the Netherlands was liberated, she had lost all the family she had ever known.
Ms. Lubinsky shared her moving story on Monday, March 11 at Irvine Valley College’s opening reception for the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s traveling Holocaust exhibit, The Courage to Remember, sponsored by the Foundation for California.
“What you learn is the most important thing in life,” shared Ms. Lubinsky, who fought for a college education in South Africa, where she moved after the war. “Get all the education you can.”
In addition to hearing Ms. Lubinsky’s story, guests and attendees heard remarks from Irvine Valley College and South Orange County Community College District representatives, elected officials from City of Irvine and California State Assembly, the director of the Foundation for California, and religious officials regarding the importance of remembering the Holocaust. Hundreds of guests and visitors viewed the exhibit that evening and the following days. The exhibit was free and open to the public from March 12 to 14.
The world-renowned Courage to Remember educational exhibit has been displayed in more than 16 countries, including a tour throughout California. It features more than 200 exclusive photographs and video interviews that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world. This powerful learning tool offers compelling insight into the Holocaust through four distinct themes: Nazi Germany, 1933-1938; Moving Toward the “Final Solution,” 1939-1941; Annihilation in Nazi-occupied Europe, 1941-1945; and Liberation, Building New Lives.
Visitors view the exhibit. Photo by Azusa Tarn.
“We appreciated the opportunity to host this exhibit,” shared IVC President Glenn Roquemore, PhD. “Having the courage to remember allows us to stand in solidarity, speaking out in one voice against ideologies used to justify the Holocaust as well as those used to incite violence in today’s society.”
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For more information on the traveling exhibition, visit couragetoremember.com.