Vizhnitzer Rebbe visits Amud Aish Holocaust exhibit

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The Vizhnitzer Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Hager, visited the Amud Aish Memorial Museum (Amud Aish) and Kleinman Holocaust Education Center Wednesday, as part of his two-day trip to New York.

During his visit, the Rebbe delivered speeches and toured the Amud Aish Memorial Museum’s new exhibit, Hidden Children and the Holocaust, which features newly discovered artifacts from rescuers and Holocaust survivors. The exhibit is part of Amud Aish’s educational program for this year and has been visited by school groups to learn about the faith and self-sacrifice of the Jewish people in the face of the Holocaust.

“I wish the museum – staff and board members – continued success as you educate future generations about emunah, Kiddush Hashem, and the eternal resilience of Klal Yisroel,” the Rebbe said in an address. “Your work here is crucial. People think we don’t need to remember, but the Torah commands us to remember. The youth must learn from the mesiras nefesh of those Yidden. I came here because I wanted to show my support of the museum which is unique in the entire world. I want our chassidim to come here.”

Rabbi Sholom Friedmann, the Director of Amud Aish, said it was a “great honor” to show the Rebbe the work the museum has been doing for years.

“We welcome donations of documents and artifacts from families around the world to help us learn about what happened and how our people survived,” Friedman said. “When the museum opens next year in Boro Park, the full story of the Holocaust will finally be told.”

Originally posted here.

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Rabbi Sholom Friedmann

Rabbi Sholom Friedmann is a Talmid of Rabbi Leib Bakst זצ"ל, of Yeshivas Ateres Mordechai, Detroit, Michigan. After learning in the yeshivah and kollel, Rabbi Friedmann moved to the British colony of Gibraltar and studied in the Gateshead Kollel for three more years, at which time he received rabbinical ordination. From there, Rabbi Friedmann moved to London, England. In London, Rabbi Friedmann taught in the Menorah Grammar School, and was appointed the communal Rov of Kehilas Kol Yaakov, Edgware, London. Rabbi Friedmann was awarded Qualified Teaching Status by the British Board of Education in 2002, and a diploma in educational psychology by the Tavistock clinic (London) in 2006. In 2005, Rabbi Friedmann was accepted as a Fellow in Holocaust Education by the prestigious Imperial War Museum, London. Rabbi Friedmann relocated to New York in 2008 to become the Director of Zechor Yemos Olam, the Holocaust education division of Torah Umesorah. While occupying that position, Rabbi Friedmann created teaching materials, videos, and teacher training programs, including the ZYO Holocaust education fellowship program. In April 2012, Rabbi Friedmann was appointed as the director of the Amud Aish Memorial Museum. The museum founded by Elly Kleinman will carry on the legacy of holocaust history. For more info about when it is expected to open read this article.

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