Monday, April 11, 2011

Bill Tammeus, Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn to discuss 'They Were Just People' at annual Holocaust remembrance concert

Former Kansas City Star Faith section columnist Bill Tammeus and Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn, spiritual leader of the New Reform Temple, will be the guest speakers at this year's Story of the Arts of the Holocaust concert at MCC-Maple Woods. The multidimensional program will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 3 in the Campus Center Arbor Room. This event is free and open to the public, but due to content, is encouraged only for those aged 13 and up.

Tammeus and Cukierkorn will be discussing their recent collaborative book "They Were Just People: Stories of Rescue in Poland During the Holocaust," a collection of narratives from Holocaust survivors and non-Jews who risked immediate execution by aiding them. The authors travelled extensively throughout the United States and Poland to interview the remaining survivors to share their stories, many of which have never been told.

Bill Tammeus began his work for the Kansas City Star in 1970, and though he formally retired from the Star staff in 2006, he still submits columns and freelance articles to the newspaper's Faith section.

Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn, a native Brazilian who emigrated and was ordained in the US, is the leader of the Temple Israel of Greater Kansas City. His ancestry includes Polish Hasidic rabbis who emigrated to Brazil in 1929, and he is dedicated to reuniting offshoots of Judaism, mainly in Latin America.

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