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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 23, 2018 PAGE 3A anle Central Floridians will have the opportunity to hear a compelling Holocaust sur- vival story f?om local author Joanie Schirm. On April 3, she will speak on her incred- ible global research of her father's letters from nearly 80 years ago, which detail his flight from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, taking ref- uge in China, and moving to the USA. This special event is sponsored by Holocaust Memorial Research and Education Center of Florida, and The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando. The presentation will be at 7 p.m at the Holocaust Center, 851 N, Maitland Ave Maitland. It is free and open to the public. Rabbi Jeffrey Solomon of the Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora is starting a Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop that will meet once a week at the synagogue (the day of the week has not been decided yet). All boys and girls of all faiths, ages 10 to 17, are welcome to join Cub Scout Pack 18 and Boy Scout Troop 18. (Rabbi Solomon wanted the number to be 613, but it was taken.) Rabbi Solomon explained that there are scouting packs and troops in the area, how- ever most of the activities are held on Saturdays, which Schirm's father, Oswald "Valdik" Holzer, M.D was a young Jewish physician in Prague, as the persecution of Jews intensified during the approach to World War II. In May 1939, he fled Czechoslovakia, and trav- eled more than 8,000 miles to China. His first location was Shanghai, which was then-a rare refuge for many European Jews. During the next 21 months he cor- responded with 78 other people during his time in China. Fortunately, he saved the approximately 400 letters, which provided the riveting narratives of his life and the lives of his friends and family. However, Dr. Holzer kept these let- BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA presented a challenge to some scouts. Pack/Troop 18 will hold activities on Sundays, allowing for Shabbat to be observed. Registration of adult lead- ers and children is underway, and a two-night backpacking ters locked in a box, which Schirm found after his death in 2000. Recalling her father's stories about WWII and the Holocaust, she knew these letters had great historical significance. Schirm had the correspondence translated that were not in English. And she began the detective work of finding the people in these letters, and their relatives. Her years of ge- nealogy work, and research for publication resulted in two highly-acclaimed books: "Adventurers Against Their Will" in 2013, and "My Dear Boy," which will be published in early 2019 by Potomac Books. These sobering, yet fas- trip to the Ocala National Forest was already planned during Spring Break (this past week) for those registered. "They will learn how to pack 'smellables' (items that have an odor, such as toothpaste) in bear proof bags and store them in trees," Solomon said of the adventure, in which he hoped they would return safe and sound. For more information about the scouting pack and troop, contact Rabbi Solomon at 352-735-4774. Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora is located at 848 N. Donnelly St Mount Dora. cinating books have led to scores of public appearances, news articles, and interviews for Schirm. The years of hard work and focus on the stories of Dr. Holzer have enabled Schirm to educate thousands of people on the horrors of tyranny and anti- Semitism. Her book also won the 2013 Global EbookAward for nonfiction biography. Schirm is now working on a permanent exhibit at the Holocaust Memorial Re- source and Education Center of Florida that is expected to open in the fall. The Holocaust Memo- rial Resource and Educa- tion Center of Florida, and The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando are committed to helping us learn about our heritage, and to share it with oth- ers. The HMREC conducts educational events and programs to promote peace and understanding, and to oppose hatred and prejudice. The JGSGO. founded in 1990, meets monthly from September through June, and has additional presenta- tions streamed on the web to help you research your family history. Additional details about Schirm and her books, including links to buy the books, are on her website, www.joanieschirm,com. For more information on The "Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida, visit http://www.holocaustedu. org/, or its Facebook page, HMREC. The website for the JGSGO is www.jgsgo. org, and its Facebook page is JGSGreaterOrlando/, and its Twitter page is https:// Contact the JGSGO at info@ Joanie Schirm, or leave message at 407-494-4230. Maitland Tire Company Robert A. Lesperance 233 North Orlando Avenue Maitland, Florida 32751 407-539-o8oo - Fax 4o7~39-o6o8 C Secretary of State Ken Detzner and the Florida De- partment of State announced the second annual "March of Museums" celebrating the variety and versatility of mu- seums in Florida's communi- ties. In 2017, the department piloted March of Museums with partner museums in Tallahassee. Building on this successful launch, the 2018 March of Museums has ex- panded statewide to include the vast and diverse array of museums that populate the Sunshine State. "As Florida's chief cultural officer, I am proud of the suc- cess of last year's 'March of Museums' and I am excited to expand this initiative state- wide," said Detzner. "From art to animals, from sports to science, and from history to horticulture, Florida has an incredible array of museums that encourage exploration and learning. March of Muse- ums celebrates the important services museums provide to our communities." The department is host- ing, which offers a listing of muse- ums by region, including the HolocaustMemorial Resource & Education Center of Florida and other statewide partner museums. The website also highlights the mission, col- lections, and/or events of each institution during the month of March. The depart- ment encourages visitors and Floridians to take advantage of this initiative to visit one of the partner museums for a new experience, to spend some time at one of their fa- vorite museums and to share their pictures on their favorite social media platform using #MarchOfMuseums. Pam Kancher, executive director for the Holocaust Me- morial Resource & Education Center of Florida said, "March of Museums is an exciting op- portunity to experience muse- ums in our community. At this To learn more about the Holocaust Center's mission to create a more inclusive and caring community, visit time we are proud to offer two Assist Uvir j RehabUitation and Ski!led Nursing Care temporary exhibits inaddition Variety of th Lake V ews to our permanent collection: Parallel Journeys and In Fit- A SeniOr Living communi where Hospitali is a Way of Life. Weekly H py H ur hosted by the Jewish Pavilion Monthly Shabbat Se ice : Monthly Bag,s Gx luncheon Special Celebrations and Meals during High Holy Holidays Call us today, stop by for a visit, Din us for lunch, or ting Memory. Parallel Journeys tells the stories of six teenagers who were witnesses, perpetra- tors, and victims of World War II and the Holocaust. While In Fitting Memory photographs the art and politics of Holo- caust Memorials. If you haven't visited the Holocaust Center recently, this is a wonderful opportunity." 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