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‘Evening of Hope’ in West Hartford will Feature Holocaust History Scholar

Voices of Hope will honor Lisa and Peter Fishman at an ‘Evening of Hope’ at The Emanuel Synagogue in West Hartford.


Voices of Hope invites you to an Evening of Hope with keynote speaker Deborah Dwork on Wednesday, May 3, at The Emanuel Synagogue located at 160 Mohegan Dr., West Hartford, CT.

Deborah Dwork. Clark University photo

Deborah Dwork, Ph.D., Rose Professor of Holocaust History and Founding Director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, will share with us her thoughts on the following subject matter: For You, Too, Were Strangers in a Strange Land: Refugees Then and Now.

Prof. Dwork is counted as a leading authority on university education in this field, as well as in her area of scholarship: Holocaust history. Dwork’s books include her now classic Children With A Star, translated into many languages, and Auschwitz, co-authored with Robert Jan van Pelt. The BBC and PBS produced the Horizon/Nova television documentary “Blueprints of Genocide” (BBC) / “Nazi Designers of Death” (PBS) based upon Auschwitz. The book received the National Jewish Book Award and the Spiro Kostof Award.the subject of a BBC and PBS documentary.

Join us in recognizing Lisa and Peter Fishman, who will receive the L’Dor V’Dor (i.e., from generation to generation) honor. Lisa and Peter are both children of Holocaust survivors and have been invaluable in offering hours of their time and passion in the creation, growth and nonprofit independence of Voices of Hope, which has the mission to foster a culture of courage and social action against hate, bigotry, intolerance and indifference.

The Fishmans are devoted to make certain the legacy of survivors is used to connect the past with the present and create positive change for future generations. Lisa and Peter, married 32 years, have called both West Hartford and Farmington home, and are the proud parents of Garrett and Ari Fishman.

The 2017 Simon Konover Recognition for Excellence in Holocaust Teaching Award will go to Beth Krasemann of Suffield Academy and Lorie Zackin of Hebrew High School of New England.

The event will include:

  • 6 p.m. cocktails & dinner
  • 8 p.m. Keynote speaker followed by dessert reception

The cost is $180.00 per person for dinner, keynote speaker, and dessert reception, or $72.00 per person for just the keynote speaker and dessert reception. Admission is free to students with I.D.

RSVP is required by Monday, April 25. For additional information please call 860-470-5591 or email Anna at [email protected]. Tickets can be purchased by check, credit card, Paypal or via Eventbrite. For more information visit the website at www.ctvoicesofhope.org.

The program is sponsored by Voices of Hope, a nonprofit organization created by descendants of Holocaust survivors from across Connecticut. Voices of Hope’s Bold Mission is to fulfill our family’s legacy by honoring them and keeping their stories alive for future generations. We accomplish this by categorizing and sharing the experiences of Holocaust survivors for the benefit of all generations. Voices of Hope teaches the horrors of the Holocaust and other genocides and provides resources for survivors and their invaluable messages to humanity. Voices of Hope maintains historical accuracy about the evils of prejudice and intolerance, and to foster a culture of courage against hate, bigotry, indifference and inhumanity. We cannot change the past, we can only hope these stories and life lessons will positively affect the future.

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