Rabbi Iwan Gruen: New Castle’s Refugee Rabbi and Holocaust Survivor

By Christina Sahovey Rabbi Gruen Born in Berlin, Germany in 1900, Rabbi Dr. Iwan Gruen received his doctorate in philosophy from Humboldt University before being ordained a rabbi in 1925. After his first assignment at a small congregation in Frankfurt am der Oder in his native Germany, Rabbi Gruen became the Chief Rabbi of the … Continue reading Rabbi Iwan Gruen: New Castle’s Refugee Rabbi and Holocaust Survivor

Behind the Scenes at the HC: Field Trips

By Christina Sahovey One of the most tangible outreach initiatives that the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh does (and sadly something that has been put on hold for now) are welcoming groups of students through our doors, as they come on field trips. This is one of the Center staff’s favorite activities, too. We have seen … Continue reading Behind the Scenes at the HC: Field Trips

From Berlin, Germany to Murrysville, Pennsylvania—With a Little Help from our Friends (The Bench Project)

by Patty Weisser Preparation began back in November of 2018 for the study of Lois Lowry’s novel Number the Stars in my 6th Grade Literature class. This was the students’ first experience in learning about the Holocaust, so prior to the reading of the novel, we spent about two weeks learning USHMM’s definition, a brief … Continue reading From Berlin, Germany to Murrysville, Pennsylvania—With a Little Help from our Friends (The Bench Project)

Reading List after Korkoro: Roma and the Holocaust

On Sunday, January 27, we marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day with a screening of the French film Korkoro, a rare cinematic tribute to the Romani victims of the Nazis. The film was well-attended and received, and afterward we received many questions. In order to help people learn more, our librarian, Ryan, put together this great … Continue reading Reading List after Korkoro: Roma and the Holocaust