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Rebecca Erbelding of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to speak 

(St. Louis, January 15, 2021) – On Jan27, the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum will commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day with a virtual talk by a historian from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The Museum is hosting Rebecca Erbelding for a lecture entitled “Rescue Board: The United States War Refugee Board and the Holocaust.” Erbelding is the author of the book Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe.” 

Her presentation will cover the creation of the United States War Refugee Board in January 1944 and the rescue and relief efforts it launched in wartime Europe. 

Dr. Rebecca Erbelding first came to the museum in March 2014, to present a powerful program co-sponsored by the USHMM,” said Dan Reich, Curator and Director of Education. “We are thrilled that historian, author, and USHMM archivist Rebecca Erbelding is returning to St. Louis to speak about the United States War Refugee Board. This important chapter in the complex story of America’s response to the Shoah is an extremely appropriate subject for our program marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day.” 

The virtual event will take place at 6:30 pm and will be streamed live on the St. Louis Holocaust Museum’s Facebook page. Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions of Erbelding following her presentation. This program is free, but registration is required. 

International Holocaust Remembrance Day, created by the United Nations in 2005, marks the anniversary of the liberations of Auschwitz-Birkenau by Soviet soldiers in 1945. Each year, individuals and organizations from around the world honor the six million Jews and millions of others murdered during the Holocaust on this important day of remembrance

“The St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum is designated in honor of the survivors and the memory of the victims,” said Don Hannon, Acting Executive Director of the Museum. “We work to honor that promise every day of the year – International Holocaust Remembrance Day is simply another important example of our efforts to teach the history and lessons of the Holocaust to reject hatred, promote understanding, and inspire change.” 

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The St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Any views, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. (