Simon Preisler Fall Learning Series

A program of the JFCS Preisler Shorenstein Institute for Holocaust Education


Join us as we continue our special virtual community programs with the Simon Preisler Learning Series this Fall featuring stories of the Holocaust and genocide. These free, educational events are open to anyone aged 13 and over. They are designed to bring us closer to the history that defines our present and to inspire social responsibility.


October 29th at 11 am PDT
Salvaged Pages: A Conversation with Alexandra Zapruder

Author Alexandra Zapruder discusses the importance of Rywka’s Diary and her National Jewish Book Award winning Salvaged Pages, a collection of diaries written by young people, aged 12-22 during the Holocaust. “…Salvaged Pages enriches our understanding of how life was lived and lives were destroyed, day by day, year after year.” – Deborah Dwork, Founding Director of the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity at the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, The Graduate Center—CUNY

Presented by the JFCS Institute for Polish Jewish Studies 


The JFCS Preisler Shorenstein Institute for Holocaust Education was established in memory of Simon Preisler, z”l, father of Lydia Shorenstein and Renee Barasch, who was born in Fancsicovo, Czechoslovakia in 1925.  A survivor of Auschwitz, he settled in Germany, where he had a successful career in business after the Holocaust. Preisler’s courage and wisdom serve as a reminder of the strength of the human spirit in the face of hatred and indifference.

Please contact Leslie White, Director of Education, at with any questions.

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