In This Issue
A Word from our Executive Director
Dear Friends and Colleagues, 

The beginning of the academic and Jewish calendar year is full of new beginnings and a renewed hope about the future and our personal goals. At the THC, we are looking forward to hosting over 20 programs this fall in conjunction with our partners at Vanderbilt University, The Temple Ohabai Sholom, and The Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Through this programming we will examine the theme of "Moving from Indifference to Action." We continue to answer the question, "Why do the lessons of the Holocaust matter, after all these years later?" One of our featured speakers,  Father Patrick Desbois, states, "It matters because it still happens, it's not the past, unfortunately. It seems to be part of the future. " Father Desbois looks around and he knows that there's a direct line between what the Nazis did over 70 years ago and what is happening today."
In the words of Elie Wiesel who we lost earlier this year:
"Memory has become a sacred duty of all people of goodwill. I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation.  We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.  Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."
The Tennessee Holocaust Commission serves as a catalyst and resource to make the hope and dream of "Never Again" become a reality. Together, we teach about the past in hopes that those who will come after us will not allow history to repeat itself.
With appreciation for your support,
Danielle's Signature
Danielle Kahane-Kaminsky
Executive Director

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Views from the Road

Holocaust By Bullets Exhibit 
October 15th through November 2nd  
Holocaust By Bullets" will be on tour in Nashville from  October 14th through November 2nd 2016.  The exhibit will be housed at The Temple Ohabai Sholom located at 5015 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN  "  37205. We are currently taking reservations from interested school and community groups for guided tours. Without a reservation the exhibit will be open for public viewing on the following dates and times as well as an hour before Temple Lecture Series programs:
Saturday, October 15th from 3PM to 5PM
Tuesday, October 18th from 10AM to Noon
Wednesday, October 19th from 2PM to 4PM
Friday, October 28th from 10AM to Noon

This touring exhibit features the work of Father Patrick Desbois and Yahad¬≠-in Unum whose mission is to learn from the past and educate in the present working to prevent genocide and mass killings in the future. It is available both in English and Spanish and includes quotes from witnesses, as well as photographs from Soviet and German archives. The exhibit gives viewers a chance to learn about this lesser-known side of the Holocaust, through eyewitness testimonies, photographs, and maps.   If you have questions or wish to reserve a guided tour for  your class or organization please contact Mike Zimmerman at 615-854-4263 or email at 

To learn more about Father Desbois and Yahad-in Unum, click on the image below to watch a  60 Minutes segment which features his work:

Invitation To Perform 
Children's Holocaust Music
We are delighted to invite Middle and High School choirs to perform in a Holocaust Concert with  Ethnomusicologist , Dr. Tamara Freeman.  The program is scheduled for   Sunday October 30, 2016 3:00-4:30 p.m. at The Temple Congregation Ohabai Sholom, 5015 Harding Road, Nashville TN. The program provides a unique opportunity for Tennessee's talented young musicians to perform music that was composed and sung by the Jewish people in the WWII European ghettos and concentration camps.  Many of the most poignant and emblematic pieces were composed by children. Choir directors who are interested in participating in the Holocaust Concert should email or phone Danielle Kahane-Kaminsky as soon as possible for details.
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Temple Hosts Holocaust Lecture Series 
The THC is proud to announce its fall 2016 Lecture Series in conjunction with the Temple Ohabai Sholom in Nashville.  The series is titled, "Moving From Indifference to Action."  The objective of this symposium is to challenge participants to reflect upon and answer the question, "Why do the lessons of the Holocaust matter, after all these years later?" Global events continually remind us of the Nazi effort to exterminate those they considered undesirable. There  are more refugees and displaced persons in the world today than at any time since World War II. Conflict and persecution is driving millions from their homes, leaving them stateless and vulnerable. We are all responsible for ensuring genocide and human rights atrocities don't happen again. This lecture series explores our individual and joint responsibility for building and maintaining a humane society.

Vanderbilt University Announces 2016  Holocaust Lecture Series 
Registration is open for the 39 th  annual Vanderbilt Holocaust Lecture Series (HLS) the longest-running program of its kind in the United States.   This year's theme is Rituals of Memory and Oblivion.

To register and for more information, please click here.

Limor Conference 
Holocaust Investigator-Father Desbois
Survivor-Shelly Weiner

The Tennessee Holocaust Commission (THC) is proud to announce the 2016 Irvin and Elizabeth Limor Holocaust Education Conference which will take place on  Wednesday, October 26th from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (CST) at the Temple Ohabai Sholom located at 5015 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205.  This year's program will feature  Father Patrick Desbois who has devoted his life to researching the Holocaust, fighting anti-Semitism, and furthering relations between Catholics and Jews. Father Desbois will tell of his encounters with eyewitnesses to the "Holocaust By Bullets."  The conference will also feature, Shelly Weiner who was born in the bustling city of Rivne-then in Poland, now in Ukraine. In 1941,  20,000 Jews lived in Rivne, but when the German Wehrmacht and the Waffen SS stormed into town, they planned on murdering every Jew they could find. How Shelly survived the massacre is a story she tells as an eyewitness to the "Holocaust By Bullets."  

Father Desbois' organization, Yahad-In Unum, is providing an exhibit titled, "Holocaust By Bullets" which will accompany his visit and will be on display at the Temple from Friday, October 14th through Thursday, November 3rd.

To register for the conference click on the button below:


Tennessee Holocaust Commission | (615) 343-2563, 343-1171 | 
Vanderbilt University
P.O. Box 59252
Nashville, TN 37205-9252