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Holocaust Awareness Institute

Promoting Holocaust awareness and education in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region

The Holocaust Awareness Institute (HAI) promotes Holocaust awareness and education in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region.

The Institute works within the Jewish community, the University of Denver and with people of all faiths and cultures to explore the meaning of the Shoah and its lessons for future generations.

The Holocaust Awareness Institute is a campus and community resource for coursework, teacher trainings, education materials and programming and is a leading agent in the region for promoting education about the Holocaust and related ethical and social justice issues.

The 2017 fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture

Chasing PortraitsChasing Portraits: A Holocaust Survivor's Daughter Searches for Her Family's Lost Art Legacy
Join us to learn more about the Holocaust from the perspective of looted art as Elizabeth Rynecki shares her compelling story (soon to be released as a documentary film) about hunting for lost pieces of her great-grandfather's legacy for over two decades, setting upon a journey to seek out what had been lost but never forgotten.

Elizabeth is the author of the acclaimed book Chasing Portraits (2016), the memoir of one woman's emotional quest to find the art of her Polish-Jewish great-grandfather lost during World War II. Moshe Rynecki's body of work reached close to eight hundred paintings and sculptures before he was moved into the Warsaw Ghetto, deported and murdered in the Majdanek concentration camp.

"In recent years, there has been an increase in the awareness of the problem of
looted and stolen art, and Chasing Portraits makes an important contribution to the field. But it's much more than just a tale of detective work. Elizabeth Rynecki's story is transcendent, presenting the reader with an elevated level of passion and duty. For this reason, it sets itself apart from the rest of the field."

—Anthony M. Amore, Author of Stealing Rembrandts and The Art of the Con

Learn more at:

Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
Elaine Wolf Theatre, MACC at the JCC
350 S. Dahlia St. Denver, CO 80246

Kosher dessert reception to follow
In partnership with the 10th Annual Neustadt JAAMM Festival

Tickets are now on sale! Click here to reserve your seats today. $18 for adults; Free tickets available for students, educators & Holocaust survivors by calling 303-316-6360

Email the Holocaust Awareness Institute at for more information.

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