How it’s New York: Readers in the marathon include New York politicians, artists, human rights/social justice activists and more; all nationalities. Readings take place at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.
How it’s (Irish) Jirish: The Holocaust is arguably the defining event for Jews in the 2oth century. For those who think it was a long time ago: this writer would have dual citizenship today if my extended family hadn’t been slaughtered. Also for Irishness: David Hyde Pierce, one of the readers, is indeed part Irish. And then there’s NYPD Police Commissioner James O’Neill.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day was Friday, Jan. 27th. In these times it’s e urgent to “remember never to forget.”
“unite voices from around the world in a chorus against prejudice and hatred.”
The readings will take place in several languages, including French and Yiddish.
“Since Wiesel wrote “Night” in Yiddish, then published it in French and then English, the readings will be primarily in English, as well as in a number of other languages, including its original French and Yiddish.”
Some of the readers, according to the release,
“have had first-hand experience reporting on, fighting and overcoming racial, ethnic, and religious hatred. Elisha Wiesel, Wiesel’s son, will also participate.”
Prior to the reading, from 12pm to 2pm, a number of distinguished Holocaust survivors will share their testimonies in the Museum’s Core Exhibition. The continuous reading is expected to last to 8 p.m.
Elisha Wiesel, Elie Weisel’s son, said in a release:
“At a time when this country is feeling so divided, when so much negativity is circulating about those who are different from ourselves – those who have different ethnicities, religions or even different political leanings – my father’s words are an important reminder of the dangers of the ‘us versus them’ mentality. My family and I are grateful to the Museum of Jewish Heritage for hosting this community reading of ‘Night’ at this very important moment in our history.”
The event is free, but completely sold-out with reservations. However, it will be live-streamed. Check www.mjhnyc.org for details.
Participants include: Tovah Feldshuh; Joel Grey; David Hyde Pierce; Itzhak Perlman;
Rwandan anti-genocide activists Jean-Baptists Rudatsikira, Jaqueline Murekatete and Consolee Nishimwe; Geraldo Rivera; Dr. Ruth Westheimer and many more, including Consul General of Germany Brita Wagener.
I’m particularly eager to hear Aaron Lansky, founder of the Yiddish Book Center and author of the terrific book “Outwitting History,” about the resecue of Yiddish books about to be thrown out by immigrants.
I think speakers of Irish will be able to relate.
See the full schedule after the jump.