To Life Annual Benefit

February 3 – Virtual Program
7:00 PM

To Life 2022 will mark 30 years for The Florida Holocaust Museum and our mission has never been more important. Along with a sharp increase in antisemitic incidents, Holocaust denial and distortion continue to rise at alarming rates. In May 2021 the Museum itself was targeted by acts of hatred, as were many in our community and around the world.

This is why Holocaust Education is so important. This is why you are so important.

Your support is essential as the demand for The Florida Holocaust Museum’s educational
resources is higher than ever and the need to share our mission is critical. The annual To Life Benefit provides the necessary dollars to continue our mission to prevent future genocides through our multifaceted educational and outreach programs.

Although we would love to gather and celebrate our 30th anniversary in person, the uncertainty that still surrounds the transmission of COVID-19, led to us making a difficult choice to hold the event virtually again this year. This one-hour online program will offer the opportunity to strengthen our mission and remember the lessons of the Holocaust. Join us in honoring those who continue this legacy.

Thank you to our 30th Anniversary Presenting Sponsor: Xiaohong Sunny Zhong and Robert M. Cohen, Platinum Sponsor: John Picciano and Visionary Sponsor: Sandy Mermelstein and Kent “Scooter” Bontly, and all our other event sponsors.

Event Honorees:

The 2022 Loebenberg Humanitarian Award recipient is Jason Schwartz for his work on Fragments: Portraits of Survivors. Jason is a freelance photographer from Toronto, Canada who captured the expressions of memories of Holocaust Survivors. A sliver of time encapsulated in a photograph and a short, personal handwritten statement of triumph accompany each. “I survived… I beat Hitler” is just one of the testimonies that speak of the indomitable human spirit. This series of portraits represents a legacy for these survivors, their families, and our community.  Fragments: Portraits of Survivors is part of the permanent collection of The Florida Holocaust Museum.

The 2022 Legacy Award honorees are Ruth Bielski Ehrreich and Brendon Rennert, daughter and grandson of Tuvia and Lillian Bielski of the Bielski partisans. Tuvia Bielski, with the help of his brothers Asael and Zus Bielski, saved more than 1,200 people while living in the forest during World War II.   The Bielski brothers took refuge from the Nazis in the forests surrounding Novogrudok, Belarus, and there formed a community of men, women, and children. The Bielski brothers’ Jewish partisan unit, or otriad as known in Russian, was unique. While the great majority of partisan groups in World War II sought to fight the Germans in their midst, the Bielski brothers cared more about preserving the lives of as many Jews as possible than they did about attacking the German forces that occupied Western Belorussia.

In 2017, The Florida Holocaust Museum created the award-winning, original exhibition Courage and Compassion: The Legacy of the Bielski Brothers with the help of Ruth and Brendon along with the rest of the Bielski family. The Bielski brothers’ story was also depicted in the 2008 film “Defiance.” Since then, the family has remained engaged with The FHM, sharing their story as well as original objects with the Museum, its visitors, and students throughout the state of Florida and across the country.

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Thank you so much for your support.