Friday Jan 26, 2018

Dee Simon

Executive Director Holocaust Center for Humanity

“History and Tragedy – the Holocaust”

Introduced by: Adam Mihlstin

Saturday, January 27 is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Our speaker today, Dee Simon, will discuss the Holocaust and genocide throughout history – to educate, inspire, take action – to make sure we do not forget. While the Center’s main focus is on the Holocaust, the Center also addresses genocide throughout history (Somalia, Rwandan and Bosnia).  Joining Dee will be Holocaust survivor Ingrid Kanis Steppic who will tell her family’s story and what they sadly had to experience.

The Holocaust Center, located in Seattle,  provides the following resources to educators, students, academics, authors, and public and private organizations:

  • Educational programs and curricula
  • Community programs
  • Artifacts
  • Teacher Training
  • Teaching Trunks
  • Classroom sets of books
  • Speakers Bureau of survivors, witnesses, liberators, second generation, and WWII veterans
  • Online resources including curricula and teaching activities
  • Exhibits
  • Library collection of books, videos/dvds, video testimonies
  • Writing, art and film contest
  • Support and consultation for educators

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Holocaust Remembrance Day - 2018

By Adam Mihlstin

Dee Simon and Adam Mihlstin – reminding us of the terrible cost of the Holocaust on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day

BBRC was very honored to have Dee Simon, Arik Cohen and Ingrid Steppic from the Holocaust Center for Humanity with us today.  The program was organized in advance of Holocaust Remembrance Day – Saturday, January 27th.

Dee is the Executive Director and spoke about the Center’s mission to inspire students of all ages to confront bigotry and indifference, promote human dignity and take action.  The Center provides educational materials, curriculum and interaction with Holocaust survivors – who tell their stories to 20,000 students annually.  The Center provides teaching trucks (loaded with books, artifacts, videos and other resource materials) that are provided free to schools throughout the Pacific NW and Alaska.

Ingrid Kanis Steppic was a child in Holland during the Holocaust. Ingrid’s parents, Jan and Nel Kanis and their family hid Jews from the Nazis and were instrumental in disrupting the Nazis’ plans throughout Holland.  In 1971, Ingrid’s parents were recognized by Yad Vashem (The World Holocaust Remembrance Center) as “The Righteous”.  {link to Kanis Family Story}

Ingrid Kanis Steppic was a child in Holland during the Holocaust.

The Righteous, honored by Yad Vashem, are non-Jews who took great risks to save Jews during the Holocaust. Rescue took many forms and the Righteous came from many different nations, religions and walks of life. What they had in common was that they protected their Jewish neighbors at a time when hostility and indifference prevailed.  The Righteous and their family members could have been killed for sheltering Jews.

In a world of total moral collapse there was a small minority who mustered extraordinary courage to uphold human values. These were – “The Righteous”. They stand in stark contrast to the mainstream of indifference and hostility that prevailed during the Holocaust. Contrary to the general trend, these rescuers regarded the Jews as fellow human beings.

“It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.” — Anne Frank


Community Svc: Service Projects Committee

Got Fruits & Veggies? . . . . Rotary First Harvest

By Adam Mihlstin

David Bobanick receives BBRC’s donation from Adam Mihlstin

This past Friday BBRC donated $6,751 to Rotary First Harvest in honor of Michel Carter’s many contributions.  David Bobanick was our guest speaker this past Friday and received the donation.

David’s presentation highlighted some of the numbers associated with RFH.  Most impressive is the 200,000,000 pounds of healthy fruits and vegetables distributed to food banks since 1982.  This accomplishment is even more impressive as nearly half the food grown in the US goes to waste.  David’s presentation also included a short slide show highlighting Michel.  {Link to Slide Show}

David also presented the Golden Donut Award to BBRC.  The Golden Donut Award recognizes that (per capita) BBRC clocked the most work-party volunteer hours for 2017.

The donation to RFH was a direct result of BBRC members donating to the 2017 annual Turkey Drive which enabled the Community Service Committee to purchase 60 frozen turkeys.  The turkeys were delivered to Hopelink, Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank and the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank.  We had a surplus of funds and the amount above is what was donated to RFH.

Specific to our Turkey Drive fund raising efforts, a few members stepped-up and generously donated above our expectations. They included, Steven Goldfarb, Matt DiJulio, Alan Bohling, Tom Leonidas and Morris Kremen.  Thank you, gentlemen!  Your support is greatly appreciated.