NEXT MEETING: June 2, 2013 - 1:00 PM
Against the Odds: American Jews & the Rescue of Europe's Refugees, 1933-1941, Researching the Mayer Lehman Charity Fund.
Speaker: Karen Franklin
Location: The Museum of Jewish Heritage- 36 Battery Place in Manhattan
Karen S. Franklin will explore the activities of the well-known Lehman family and, in particular, the efforts of New York Governor Herbert H. Lehman, who – through the Mayer Lehman Charity Fund -- worked tirelessly, both politically and personally, to support the rescue of hundreds of families, mostly cousins, from Europe prior to 1942. Established by the Lehman family, the Mayer Lehman Charity Fund was named for one of the three German immigrant brothers, Mayer Lehman (1830-1897) who founded the investment bank that would later become Lehman Brothers.
Karen will share stories about those who were aided, and the use of genealogical research to identify how they were related and what happened to their descendants. The stories are included in the exhibition currently on display at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.
A distinguished museum educator, curator, and genealogist, Karen has served as President of the IAJGS; Director of the Family Research Department of the Leo Baeck Institute; Director of the Judaica Museum in Riverdale; and member of the Executive Council of the Jewish Genealogical Society. She has been Co-Chair of the Board of Governors of JewishGen since its inception.
Currently Vice-Chair of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) Memorial Museums Committee and member of the Advisory Board of the European Shoah Legacy Institute, Karen was awarded the 2012 ICOM-US Service Citation for her work on behalf of the restitution of Holocaust-era property.
The talk and the subsequent tour of the exhibition are offered at no charge to members and $5 for non-members, including museum admission.
Please note the 1 pm starting time.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage is located at 36 Battery Place in Manhattan. It is easily accessible from the 4, 5, R, and 1 Trains and the M5, M15, and M20 buses.
Consider attending the JewishGen Spring Brunch at 11:00, preceding the lecture.