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Unforgettable Stories from the Holocaust: Bearing Witness featuring Ben Hirsch z"l

Unforgettable Stories from the Holocaust: Bearing Witness featuring Ben Hirsch z"l

As a child, Benjamin Hirsch was an eyewitness to the Kristallnacht pogroms. He escaped Germany on a Kindertransport, along with his four older brothers and sisters, ultimately arriving in Atlanta in 1941 when he was nine years old.

Here in Atlanta, Ben Hirsch and his siblings were taken in and raised by Jewish families. He was educated at Hoke Smith High School and the Georgia Institute of Technology, and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. An award-winning architect, for nearly five decades, Mr. Hirsch had a practice specializing in religious architecture, while also designing many residential, commercial, and municipal buildings. He is the eminent architect of the Memorial to the Six Million, before which the Atlanta Jewish community has held our annual Yom HaShoah Service of Remembrance. The Memorial won for Mr. Hirsch the first of many national design awards and in 2008 became listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Mr. Hirsch is also the design architect for the Breman Museum’s renowned signature gallery, Absence of Humanity: the Holocaust Years.

Mr. Hirsch passed away in February 2018.

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Historic Jewish Atlanta Video Tour

Aaron created a series of videos touring the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill here in Atlanta. 

Check out the full video tour on our youtube channel here.


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Take a look at more of our videos at the Moments in Time Vimeo page here


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Find more of our stories from the archives here

Take a look at our Facebook for stories from our archives or view past stories here. 


African Americans, American Jews & American Popular Music: A Conversation with Ben Sidran & Rev. Dwight Andrews

Earlier in the year, The Breman Museum sponsored an interview about the relationship between American Jews and Jazz.

Watch the full interview on youtube here.

This interview is sponsored by the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival, The Breman Museum, and The Common at First Congregational Church 

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