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Rescued Evidence & Pieces of the Past: Exploring Antisemitism through Artifacts & Memorabilia

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Calendar   General
Location Georgetown Public Library
Date Sun, May 5, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration   2h

– In recognition of Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Gregg Philipson along with Congregation Havurah Shalom of Sun City, Texas and in partnership with the Georgetown Public Library have created a thought-provoking program titled "Rescued Evidence and Pieces of the Past: Exploring Antisemitism through Artifacts and Memorabilia.". This program will take place at The Georgetown Public Library’s Hewlett Room, located at 402 West 8th Street in Georgetown, Texas on Sunday, May 5, 2024 at 2:00pm. The event is FREE and all are welcome.

Presented by Gregg Philipson, this program promises a unique insight into the collection and narratives contained within the Gregg and Michelle Philipson Collection and Archive. These artifacts, painstakingly preserved, offer a poignant glimpse into the harrowing realities of antisemitism throughout history.

Attendees will see genuine artifacts including Jewish-related military items, Holocaust-era materials, and WWII propaganda while hearing compelling stories of bravery and sacrifice from specific American families and servicemen during WWII. Gregg Philipson will share poignant narratives, including Michelle's family's escape from Poland, his father's experiences as a US soldier and concentration camp liberator, and accounts of other US servicemen who played pivotal roles in liberating Europe. 

Gregg Philipson, a dedicated curator and custodian of history, will lead attendees on a captivating journey through these artifacts, elucidating their historical context and significance. Through this exploration, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the impact of antisemitism and the importance of preserving these pieces as testaments to the past. "The artifacts and memorabilia showcased in this collection serve as tangible reminders of a history we must never forget," remarked Gregg Philipson. "It's crucial to understand the depth and breadth of antisemitism through these preserved pieces, fostering a dialogue that educates and enlightens."

This presentation, tailored for all ages, prompts reflection on the historical context of the 1930s and 1940’s and its relevance in today’s world. It highlights the resurgence of global anti-Jewish behavior, urging attendees to speak out against oppression and advocate for kindness as a vital principle

Gregg Philipson, originally from Utica, NY, holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in both Finance and Marketing from the University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. He and his wife Michelle have been residents of Austin, TX for over 30 years. They have collected and assembled a very large and impressive collection of artifacts including Jewish related military artifacts, Holocaust-era material, WWII propaganda and much more. The “Gregg and Michelle Philipson Collection and Archive” is regularly exhibited at major museums, universities, colleges, schools as well as U.S. military installations. Mr. Philipson lectures internationally on Jewish related subjects including the Holocaust, propaganda art and Jewish military history. His commitment to community service extends further, evidenced by his advisory role at the Holocaust Museum Houston and his lifelong membership in the Jewish War Veterans. In recognition of his outstanding community relations, Mr. Philipson received the prestigious Jewish War Veterans Wolfson Award in 2019.

Congregation Havurah Shalom of Sun City, Texas, a non-profit 501C3 organization was founded in 1996 when the first Jewish residents of Sun City came together to share their religious and cultural heritage. Congregation Havurah Shalom is dedicated to serving the spiritual, educational, cultural, civic and social needs of its members in an egalitarian environment framed by Jewish tradition and in an atmosphere of joy and mutual caring

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