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Holocaust Remembrance

Yom HaShoah (יום השואה), known in English as Holocaust Remembrance Day or Holocaust Day, is observed as Israel's day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews and five million others who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its accessories, and for the Jewish resistance in that period.*


Previous events:

April 20, 2020: "Jewish Prisoner-Physicians in Nazi Camps" 

New York Medical College observed Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, on April 20 with an evening talk, presented by guest speaker Sari J. Siegel, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow in the History of Medicine Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and visiting assistant professor at University of California, Los Angeles.  Read more...

Sari Siegel, Ph.D.    

Sari J. Siegel, Ph.D.
Keynote speaker, Sari J. Siegel, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow in the History of Medicine Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and a visiting assistant professor at University of California, Los Angeles. She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Southern California and was the 2018-2019 Geoffrey H. Hartman Postdoctoral Fellow at the Yale University Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies. She has presented her research on “Jewish Prisoner-Physicians in Nazi Camps” in seven countries and has recently undertaken a new project on Jewish doctors' provision of medical care to fellow Holocaust survivors in displaced persons camps.

Introduction: Marie T. Ascher, M.S., M.P.H., The Lillian Hetrick Huber Endowed Director, Health Sciences Library

Candle Lighting Prayer: Anne Bayefsky, M.A., L.L.B., Director, Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust

Candle Lighting: Vilma Bordonaro, M.B.A., Chief of Staff

Remarks: Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer

Closing Prayer: Rabbi Moshe D. Krupka, M.S., Executive Vice President, Touro College and University System


April 29, 2019: "One Man's Quest: Remembering the Holocaust, Restoring Jewish Heritage and Making Sure That "Never Again" is Given Meaning" 

New York Medical College observed Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, on April 29 with an evening talk, presented by guest speaker Michael Lozman, D.D.S., an orthodontics practitioner in Latham, NY.  Read more... 

Michael Lozman, D.D.S.    

Michael Lozman, D.D.S.
Keynote speaker, Michael Lozman, D.D.S., an orthodontics practitioner in Latham, New York, was born in Brooklyn, the son of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. He graduated from Wilkes College and Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Dentistry and completed his orthodontic specialty training at New York University. In 2001, Dr. Lozman decided to undertake the preservation of Jewish cemeteries in Eastern Europe that were destroyed during the Holocaust by the Nazi invasion. To date, he has restored 15 cemeteries, ten in Belarus and five in Lithuania, with more planned in the future. His objectives are to protect the cemeteries from obliteration, safeguard the names and resting places for the families of those Jews murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators and preserve Jewish heritage.

Introduction: Marie T. Ascher, M.S., M.P.H., The Lillian Hetrick Huber Endowed Director, Health Sciences Library

Candle Lighting: Anne Bayefsky, M.A., L.L.B., Director, Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust

Remarks: Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer

Closing Prayer: Rabbi Moshe D. Krupka, M.S., Executive Vice President, Touro College and University System


April 17, 2018: "The Origins of Pernkopf's Anatomy Atlas and The Role of Nazi Medicine in the Holocaust." 

New York Medical College observed Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, on April 17 with an evening talk, presented by guest speaker Howard Israel, D.D.S., who is internationally known for his work as a clinical researcher and expert in the field of temporomandibular joint disorders, surgery and arthroscopy.  Read more... 

Howard Israel    

Howard Israel, D.D.S.
Keynote speaker, Howard Israel, D.D.S. played a major role in the discovery and recognition of the Nazi origins of the famous classic anatomy book, Pernkopf's Anatomy, leading to many other discoveries and issues surrounding biomedical ethics.

Candle Lighting: Anne Bayefsky, M.A., L.L.B., Director, Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust

Remarks: Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer

Closing Prayer: Rabbi Moshe D. Krupka, M.S., Executive Vice President, Touro College and University System


April 24, 2017: "The Central Role of Neuroscientists under National Socialism: Links to the Holocaust and Medical Ethics"

New York Medical College observed Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, on April 24 with an evening talk, presented by guest speaker Lawrence A. Zeidman, M.D., who has a keen interest in the history and ethics of neurology, especially during World War II, and has published numerous articles on the ethical issues involved in that era that have an impact on modern-day neurology. Read more...

    

Lawrence A. Zeidman, M.D.
Keynote speaker, Howard Israel, D.D.S. played a major role in the discovery and recognition of the Nazi origins of the famous classic anatomy book, Pernkopf's Anatomy, leading to many other discoveries and issues surrounding biomedical ethics.

Candle Lighting: Anne Bayefsky, M.A., L.L.B., Director, Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust

Remarks: Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer

Closing Prayer: Rabbi Moshe D. Krupka, M.S., Executive Vice President, Touro College and University System


May 5, 2016: "Recovering Nazi Looted Art: The Last Prisoners of the Shoah"

New York Medical College observed Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, on May 5 with an evening talk, presented by guest speaker Mel Urbach, Esq., who is known for devoting his legal practice to helping Holocaust victims recover artifacts stolen during the years of Nazi terror. Read more... 

Mel Urbach     Mel Urbach, Esq.
Mel Urbach devotes his legal practice to helping Holocaust victims recover artifacts stolen during the years of Nazi terror. He uses a combination of international law, arbitration, mediation and dispute resolution techniques. He has assisted in the recovery of such artwork and artifacts as porcelain collections and Judaica. Mr. Urbach has actively participated in recovering several billion dollars for WWII victims during the last two decades.

May 4, 2015: "Holocaust Remembrance Day"

An evening of discourse and reflection as we observe Yom HaShoah with a thought-provoking program led by renowned psychiatrist, author, and NYMC alumnus, Robert Jay Lifton, M.D., ’48. Psychiatrist, Author and Lecturer. Read more...

    

Robert Jay Lifton, M.D., '48
Keynote speaker, Robert Jay Lifton, M.D., '48, known for his studies on the psychological causes and effects of war and the themes of holocaust and transformation, will be joined by several other speakers, including Dr. Mark Hasten, chairman of the NYMC Board of Trustees, who endured the Holocaust firsthand, as a member of a Polish-speaking brigade of the Red Army. Read more...

Candle Lighting: Anne Bayefsky, M.A., L.L.B., Director, Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust

Remarks: Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer

Remarks: Dr. Mark Hasten, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, New York Medical College and Touro College and University System

Closing Prayer: Rabbi Moshe D. Krupka, M.S., Executive Vice President, Touro College and University System 


August 3, 2014: "Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race"

A provocative exhibition exploring the Nazi regime’s “science of race” and its implications for medical ethics and social responsibility today. Read more...

Edward Halperin, M.D.   Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A.
Chancellor and CEO, New York Medical College
     
Alan Kadish, M.D.   Alan Kadish, M.D.
President, Touro College and University System and New York Medical College
     
Sharon Halperin   Sharon Halperin
Director, Holocaust Speakers Bureau
     
Dr. Mark Hasten     Dr. Mark Hasten
Holocaust Survivor and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Touro College and University System and New York Medical College
     
Harry Reicher  

Harry Reicher
Professor, Touro Law School, expert on the holocaust and human rights



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