Transfer of Memory Reception: Justice Delayed
November 17 @ 2:00 pm
A presentation by Ben Cohen, grandson of survivor Judy Meisel.
Meet and greet with Judy Meisel to follow.
In November 2018, Ben Cohen went to Germany to witness the opening of the trial of Dr. Johann Rehbogen, a former Nazi guard from Stutthof Concentration Camp accused of accessory to murder. To his surprise, Ben was the only family member of any survivor to be there. He will tell the story of his grandmother, Judy Meisel, retracing her harrowing survival of Stutthof, her life-long commitment to equal rights and justice, and how, at age 90, she became the star witness in what may be the last trial of a former Nazi guard in Germany.
Ben Cohen grew up in St. Louis Park, MN and is now a documentary filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. He is the editor of a website dedicated to telling Judy’s story at judymeisel.com and is currently producing a new documentary film about Judy’s participation as an eye-witness in the last Nazi trials in Germany.
This reception is part of the St. Paul JCC Gallery exhibit, Transfer of Memory: A photo exhibition of Holocaust survivors living in Minnesota, at home, and in full color.
November 7 – December 31, 2019.
Each Holocaust survivor in Transfer of Memory shares a story of survival during exceedingly difficult circumstances, yet as a collection, these images focus on life and hope. From Europe to Minnesota, it was here they fashioned their dreams, their futures, and their families – their lives are a constant reminder of the value of freedom and the enduring human spirit.
This exhibition is curated by JCRC staff members, Laura Zelle and Susie Greenberg, and is a collaboration between photographer David Sherman, writer Lili Chester, and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.