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Holy Silence

Reconsidering the Catholic Church and the Holocaust

Special screening and discussion presented by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Monday, March 2, 2020 | 7:00pm
Tickets $10 per person
In the Morstein Performa, please enter through the Gordon Center for Performing Arts.

In 1933, the vast majority of Germans belonged to a Christian church. A third of the population (around 21 million) were Roman Catholic, whereas the Jewish community represented less than 1% of the population. As the Nazi Party’s power and antisemitism spread across Europe, how did one of the world’s most influential institutions — the Catholic Church — address and confront the Nazi regime and its laws, particularly the persecution of Jews? 

This thought provoking new documentary examines this question and the individuals who played a crucial role in shaping the Vatican's response to the rising Nazi threat. Learn about the actions of a humble Jesuit priest from New England, a leading American industrialist dispatched on a mission by President Franklin Roosevelt, and high-ranking officials within the Vatican determined to carry out their own objectives.

Guest Speakers: Steven Pressman, documentary film director and producer, Holy Silence and Emmy-nominated 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus; Peter Eisner, author, The Pope’s Last Crusade: How an American Jesuit Helped Pope Pius XI’s Campaign to Stop Hitler; moderated by Dr. Suzanne Brown-Fleming, Director of International Academic Programs, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and author, The Holocaust and Catholic Conscience: Cardinal Aloisius Muench and the Guilt Question in Germany

Co-presented with the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies, Baltimore Jewish Council, and The Jewish Museum of Maryland

Image Credit: Film still from a 1939 Universal Newsreel showing Pope Pius XI on the balcony at the Basilica of Saint John Lateran in Rome. US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration, College Park, MD


Jews in Cinema

Adult Enrichment Class

Thursdays, March 5-26, 2020 (4 classes) | 10:30am-12:00pm
JCC Members $50 | Guests $55
At the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC

Delve into the history of the film industry and discover how Jews were instrumental in its development. Learn about important moguls and prominent actors. Examine how Jews have been depicted in film and the influence of Hollywood blacklists. In partnership with CCBC, instructor Harry Ezratty, Esq.




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J Arts Enrichment

The Gordon and the JCC bring arts enrichment & cultural events to the community. We offer high-quality arts classes, trips, films and other creative opportunities for adults as well as dance, music and performing arts programs for youth. You can find them at the Gordon Center or in the classrooms and studios of the Rosenbloom Owings Mills and Weinberg Park Heights JCCs. 

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