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The Life of Ludovit Feld
Presented by AJC New Jersey and the Consulate General of Slovakia in New York
Featuring Silvia Fishbaum, Author of Dirty Jewess
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Join us for a fascinating look at the life of renowned artist, Ludovit Feld. Born in Kosice, Slovakia in 1904, Feld was deported to Auschwitz in 1944 where, as a person with dwarfism, he was subjected to the experiments of Dr. Josef Mengele, and forced to become Dr. Mengele’s personal artist. Having survived the Holocaust, Feld moved back to Kosice where he lived until his death in 1991.
Silvia Fishbaum, author of Dirty Jewess and a student of Ludovit Feld’s, introduced by Ladislava Begec, Consul General of Slovakia in New York, will share wiht us his incredible life story and her experience of studying under him in postwar Communist Czechoslovakia, Silvia will also speak about current efforts to keep Feld’s memory and the memory of the Holocaust alive in Kosice.
An event not to be missed
A Woman’s Courageous Journey to Religious & Political Freedom
Sunday, June 2, 7:30 pm
@ Bridgeworks, 780 Long Beach Blvd. Long Beach NY
On the 40th anniversary of her freedom, Silvia Fishbaum will share her remarkable story of her escape from Soviet occupied Czechoslovakia and anti-Semitism.
In today’s world with anti Semitism rising it’s ugly head throughout Europe and reaching its highest levels ever in the United States with attacks on Synagogues, this lecture is of paramount importance, especially for young adults and teens in the middle school and high school.
After sharing her extraordinary story, Silvia will be available for book signing opportunities.
Light refreshments. FREE Entry
Sponsor $100 includes an autographed book by Silvia Fishbaum.
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Elka Weber ● Segula Magazine
This sweet, tough, and charmingly amateurish memoir is the story of a tenacious woman. Sylvia Fishbaum grew up in Slovakia after World War II. Her parents braved anti-Semitism and maintained a traditional Jewish lifestyle in a country where Jews were nearly extinct.
After the rise of Communism, life became harder both materially and emotionally, but Fishbaum’s irrepressible confidence served her well. As a young woman, she sewed clothes and sold them on the black market in the Ukraine to finance her escape to the United States.
A chance meeting with a Jewish family on its way to Israel alerted Sylvia to the existence of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society in Rome. After careful, clandestine planning, Fishbaum left behind an apartment and a job,made her way to Rome, and eventually moved to New York. There she married a co-owner of an iconic kosher pizzeria in Manhattan, raised two sons, and lived the American dream.
After her husband’s early death from heart disease, Sylvia dedicated herself to reviving Jewish life in Slovakia. Fishbaum’s wellsprings of willpower and self-deprecating humor make for a compelling read.
Consulate General of Slovakia in New York
Society for the History of Czechoslovak Jews
cordially invite you to a book presentation
DIRTY JEWESS BY SILVIA FISHBAUM
with Andrea Coddington
Author Silvia Fishbaum translated and adapted her memoir to English language from its original version Židovka, a platinum bestseller in Slovakia. Both authors, Silvia and Andrea, will be happy to answer all your questions and sign your copies.
When: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 5:30 pm
Where: 6 E 67 st, New York
RSVP by Friday, August 24 at firstname.lastname@example.org
Special gratitude to the Permanent Representative of Slovakia to the UN
H.E. Ambassador Michal Mlynár for providing his Residence
Debbie Weissman • Times of Israel
In the mid-20th century, the great American Jewish theologian Abraham Joshua Heschel credibly wrote “Judaism today is the least known religion.” But recent decades have seen Christians making impressive efforts to fill in the knowledge gap. For many years, I have had the privilege of teaching groups of Christians who come to Jerusalem from throughout the world. Many of them are priests, pastors and nuns on sabbatical; some are lay people. They come from anywhere from a week to a year and my involvement varies, depending on the length and depth of the program. The programs are held at Christian institutions in and around Jerusalem.
I teach them about Judaism and about Israel. I give introductions to the Christians who visit our synagogue on Friday nights for prayers, and we sometimes also provide them with home hospitality for Shabbat dinners. It is fascinating to note what questions they ask. In one case, a young woman was surprised that our sanctuary was not decorated with pictures of Moses. Once, I told a group of seminarians that they were imposing Christian questions on Judaism; what interested them almost exclusively were Continue reading “Memoirs of a Hopeful Pessimist”
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