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FIT Hosts Talk by Rabbi Isidoro Aizenberg and Exhibition of Paintings: Genocide Among the Flowers

The Fashion Institute of Technology will host a talk with Rabbi Isidoro Aizenberg who will discuss Lithuanian city of Vilna, a center of Jewish learning for centuries, on Thursday, April 11, from
1 pm to 2 pm at the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center.

During the Holocaust, Vilna was invaded, and the nearby Ponary woods became the massacre site of thousands of Jews, Poles, and Russians. Seymour Kaftan, a Holocaust survivor who was 15 years old when the Nazis invaded his hometown, later documented his personal ordeal in a series of oil paintings that depict the horrors of Nazi brutality, the loss of his entire family, and his own survival. Twelve of the original paintings by Kaftan will be on exhibit.

In addition, members of the FIT community will be reading the names of holocaust victims from 9 am to 4 pm in the student dining hall in the David Dubinsky Student Center.

Rabbi Isidoro Aizenberg is the scholar-in-residence of the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center and Archives at the Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York.

For general information, contact Dr. Roberta Paley at 212 217.4930 or roberta_paley@fitnyc.edu.

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