What does a twenty-something woman from Cincinnati, an eighty-something African American man from Philadelphia, & a fifty-something Columbus film maker have in common?
Leon Bass Buchenwald Liberator
Sarah Weiss Executive Director, Center for Holocaust & Humanity Research
Sam Nahem Holocaust Film Maker
All three will be at Ohev Tzedek, Sunday evening November 7th to talk about the Holocaust and more importantly to talk about the rest of the story after the Shoa. Leon Bass was a nineteen-year-old African-American sergeant serving in a segregated army unit when he encountered the “walking dead” of Buchenwald. Like many others, he tried to repress his memories of the horrors that he saw there and “never talked about it all.” But in the 1960s, while involved in the Civil Rights movement and teaching, he met a Holocaust survivor and felt moved to declare to his students that “I was there, I saw.” Hear the rest of his story. Sam Nahem is an award-winning filmmaker with a passion for Holocaust education. His work has been screened internationally and recognized by over 45 festival organizations. His Holocaust filmography includes the Emmy-award winning 2008 documentary Beyond the Fence: Memories of Buchenwald which examines the liberation of Buchenwald through the eyes of Jewish survivors and those soldiers who helped to liberate them. Leon Bass was one of those soldiers whose story is captured in Sam Nahem’s documentary, Beyond the Fence. Sarah Weiss has passionately and diligently endeavored to establish a highly respected reputation and long-lasting community presence for the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Research in Cincinnati Ohio. Over the past six years, Weiss has implemented educational initiatives for students and teachers, innovative community programs, as well as attended and participated in numerous conferences and workshops on the Holocaust. Weiss, a native of
Youngstown, holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati, is a graduate of the Teaching the Holocaust and Anti-Semitism course at the Yad Vashem International School for Holocaust Studies, and recently became a Lerner Fellow through a course sponsored by the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous at Columbia University. Sarah is a member of the Ohio Holocaust Council and a Commissioner for the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission. Furthermore, Sarah brings a personal connection to this work as the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors.