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Exhibition Opening Reception | Neighbors 1938 “We were all Ladenburgers”

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Location Holocaust Museum Houston 5401 Caroline St. Houston, TX 77004
Date Thu, Feb 23, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Duration   1h 30m

November 9, 1938, marked the start of the November Pogroms, when violent antisemitic demonstrations broke out across Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia. This exhibition will shed light on the events as exemplified within several Jewish families in Ladenburg, Germany. It gives a picture of the city’s residents and their relations to one another.

This exhibition was conceived by teachers and students at the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien (Center for Jewish Studies, Heidelberg) and the University of Heidelberg in cooperation with the Lobdengau Museum. The project was based on the information compiled by the working group “Jüdische Geschichte” (‘Jewish History’) established in 1983 in Ladenburg. This exhibit discusses the fate of several Ladenburg families within the broader historical context. Neighbors 1938 “We were all Ladenburgers” is a special exhibit for Holocaust Museum Houston because Ladenburg was the childhood home of survivors Lea Krell Weems and Ruth Steinfeld. Lea and Ruth survived by being smuggled out of Gurs by the French resistance group Œuvre de Secours aux Enfants (Children’s Aid Society) at the age of 8 and 7.

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