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2024 New York Next Generation Event

At the Museum, we believe education is a powerful antidote to antisemitic hate. Join a dedicated group of emerging philanthropists and leaders in supporting the Museum’s urgent work to ensure new generations understand the truth of the Holocaust and its relevance to their lives today.

The program will feature Tony and Emmy nominee Moisés Kaufman and Emmy nominee Amanda Gronich—co-creators of the new off-Broadway play Here There Are Blueberries—in conversation with Holocaust survivor and Museum volunteer Ruth Cohen. The play tells the true story of the Museum’s work to unravel the mystery of a photograph album that captures how the Nazis at Auschwitz spent their leisure time in the summer of 1944. The album, now in the Museum’s collection, gives new insight into the role of perpetrators during the Holocaust and prompts reflection about our own humanity. Ruth Cohen will recount her experience as a young girl imprisoned at Auschwitz during the same period in which the photographs in the album were taken. Learn more about the photographs that inspired the play Here There Are Blueberries. For questions or information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Amy Kardon in the Museum's Northeast Regional Office at akardon@ushmm.org or 212.983.0825.

Featured Guests

Speakers

  • Ruth Cohen

    Holocaust survivor and Museum volunteer

    Ruth Cohen had a childhood filled with family, friends, Hebrew school, and swimming in the Latorica River near her home. Then, in March 1944, at the age of 13, everything changed.

    Nazi Germany invaded Hungary, and within a month, authorities forced Ruth and her family to move into a crowded ghetto. By mid-May, the Nazis and their Hungarian collaborators began sending Jews from Hungary by train to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Soon after arriving at the killing center, Ruth learned the SS had already murdered her mother, brother, and little cousins. Ruth and her sister, Teresa, managed to survive, and reunited with their father after the war. Ruth’s time imprisoned at Auschwitz coincides with the period in which the photographs that inspired the play Here There Are Blueberries were taken. Ruth has been a volunteer at the Museum since 2003. Photo: Ruth Cohen. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

  • Amanda Gronich

    Playwright

    Amanda Gronich is a prime-time, Emmy-nominated scriptwriter devoted to bringing true stories to the stage and screen. Over a ten-year career in television, she became a lead series writer for National Geographic Television and the supervising senior writer at Hoff Productions.

    There, she created top-rated programming for diverse broadcast networks, including NatGeo, Discovery Channel, TLC, WeTV, Animal Planet, and Science Channel. A charter member of Tectonic Theater Project, Amanda directed the company’s Toronto production of Gross Indecency and was one of the group of artists who co-created The Laramie Project, later made into an HBO film. Amanda works as a script development consultant and teaches interview-based storytelling, using techniques she developed as an adjunct lecturer in the graduate program of educational theatre at the City College of New York. She is at work founding a non-fiction play development institute. A book about her original play-devising methods will be released by SIU Press. Photo: Amanda Gronich. Jenny Anderson

  • Moisés Kaufman

    Director and playwright

    Moisés Kaufman is the founder and artistic director of Tectonic Theater Project, an award-winning director and playwright, and an activist-in-art. His Broadway credits include Paradise Square (ten Tony Award nominations); Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song; Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo with Robin Williams; The Heiress with Jessica Chastain; 33 Variations with Jane Fonda; and I Am My Own Wife (Obie Award).

    His West End productions include Gross Indecency and This Is How It Goes. His off-Broadway/regional work includes Here There Are Blueberries (writer/director); Las Aventuras de Juan Planchard (writer/director); Seven Deadly Sins (Drama Desk Award); One Arm by Tennessee Williams; The Laramie Project; The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later; Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Callaway Award); Macbeth with Liev Schreiber; and Master Class with Rita Moreno. His opera credits include El Gato Con Botas. His film and TV credits include HBO’s The Laramie Project (two Emmy nominations, Sundance Film Festival, National Board of Review Award, Humanitas Prize) and The L Word. Photo: Moisés Kaufman. Jenny Anderson

Moderator

  • Zachary Paul Levine

    Director, Archival and Curatorial Affairs, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

    Zachary orchestrates the work of the teams responsible for acquiring original artifacts, media, and documents, as well as copies from archives around the world, for the Museum’s unparalleled collection of Holocaust evidence.

    He also oversees teams of archivists who arrange and describe those materials, so they can be used by researchers. Zachary trained as a historian of modern east and central European Jewish history and has developed numerous exhibitions and programs for museums across the United States.

Event Leadership

Event Chairs

Jessie Davis Jesse Lazowski Jonah Lazowski

Event Committee

(in formation)  Danielle and Jon Auerbach Benjamin and Kylie Bass Adam Friedland Ben and Melissa Gottesman Ali Unger Grabiner Julie and Jack Heller Hayley Jaffe Julie and Reuben Kopel Blake Lasky Esther Lifshitz Kacey and Alec Ofsevit Alexandra and Michael Rishty Rebecca and Robert Rutkoff Stacey and Marc Saiontz Jordan Sheff Donald Silberman Emily and Scott Stackman Brian Tobin Samantha Weinberg Rachel and Ronnie Wexler

Event Sponsors

Gifts as of April 16, 2024 Gifts of $50,000 or more Stacey and Marc Saiontz 

Gifts of $10,000–$24,999 Jessie and Doug Davis Jones Lang LaSalle Celine and Jonah Lazowski Marlo Laz Publicis Media

Gifts of $5,000–$9,999 Kylie and Benjamin Bass Adam Friedland Melissa and Ben Gottesman Julie and Jack Heller Jaime and Eliot Horowitz Julie and Reuben Kopel Blake Lasky Kacey and Alec Ofsevit Alexandra and Michael Rishty  Emily and Scott Stackman Anna And David Tykocinski Rachel and Ronnie Wexler

Gifts of $2,500–$4,999 Danielle and Jon Auerbach Dana Septimus and Joseph Feldman Esther Lifshitz Donald S. Silberman Samantha Weinberg Gifts of $1,800–$2,499 Eva Cooper

Corporate Event Sponsors

Northeast Regional Office

The Northeast regional office serves Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, metropolitan New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Find out more about past programs and how to contact us.

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