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ACE Presents: The Wannsee Conference: 90 Minutes that Changed the World 

On January 20, 1942, in a grand villa on the shore of Berlin’s Lake Wannsee, a conference of 15 Nazi officers got together to discuss the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question”. The meeting produced the “Wannsee Protocol” which has mystified us ever since it was discovered in 1947 in Berlin. Hundreds of thousands of Jews had already been shot in Russia or gassed in the camp at Chelmno. Holocaust deniers sometimes
contend that, because Hitler was not present at this meeting and because the genocidal nature of the Final Solution was not spelled out explicitly, somehow this means that there was no deliberate policy from the top ordering the destruction of the Jews of Europe. This lecture seeks to unravel the reasons behind the Wannsee Conference, what happened there and explain how it was that on a snowy day, fifteen well-educated
young men met to talk murder. 

Instructor Dr. Claudia Dunlea is a Senior Instructor of History at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). She received her doctorate in European Integration History from the University of Hamburg, Germany, in 2003. Dr. Dunlea is the author of a book that investigates the origins of a supranational European foreign policy in the 1950s. Her recent research on the diplomatic relations of the European Union was published in two articles.

Sunday; December 4 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Free & Open to the community (Brunch included )
Registration is required by November 28.

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Inverting Truth: Recognizing Media Bias Against Israel 

An alien studying the news to learn about our planet would probably draw the conclusion that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the worst war on earth. Yet the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not even in the top ten of the world's deadliest conflicts. Such is the power of media bias. Join Sarit Catz, the International

Letter-writing Director for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), to learn how to identify media bias about Israel and to recognize how and why the media continually get the news backwards — inverting who did what to whom.

Instructor Sarit Catz monitors and writes about the media and facilitates letter-writing campaigns in her role at CAMERA. During her career in radio and television, Sarit won three Writers Guild of America awards and, more recently, numerous awards for the short films she has written and produced. Sarit earned a degree in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and in International Business from their Wharton School.

CAMERA pioneered the monitoring of Middle East media coverage and has been "setting the record straight about Israel and the Middle East" since 1982.

Tuesday, December 6 | 7:00-8:30 pm 
Refreshments served at 6:30 pm 
Free & open to the public 

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A Chanukah Celebration: Jewish People Who Made A Difference

Join us for a wonderful new program of education and entertainment, or as our speaker calls it, “edutainment.” For each light on the Chanukah menorah, Myrna Goldberger will use her special story telling talent to share little known facts and new anecdotes she has discovered about a Jewish person who has made a difference to their local, national, or global community.

Sunday, December 25 | 3:00-5:00 pm
$12 Member ● $17 Guest

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Adult Education Open House: American Diplomacy and the Holocaust

Learn about our adult education program and sample one of our special events at our Adult Education Open House. As the Nazis took power in Germany, the United States also had a new leader, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In this lecture, Arthur Berger will focus on key events of the 1930s and 40s and American reactions to them. What were the opportunities that the United States had to confront Nazi Germany and its persecution and mass murder of Europe's Jews? Key Speaker: Arthur Berger, until his recent retirement, was the Senior Advisor International Programs at the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Wednesday, January 11 | 12:30-2:30 pm
Free & Open to the Community
Reservations Requested, Refreshments Included

ACE PRESENTS: From Necessity to Glamour

The Evolution of North Atlantic Travel Containing beautiful pictures and film clips, this presentation will illustrate the evolution of transatlantic liners through the years starting with a comprehensive account of North Atlantic travel in 1837 with the 178 foot, side-wheel, wooden SS Sirius, and through the decades as they competed in size, speed and luxury helped by rapidly improving technology. Mr. Silvin also discusses the advent of the “thousand footers,” the Normandie, the Queen Mary, and the Queen Elizabeth. He includes in the lecture some dramatic stories of the grand liners and the passengers that sailed on them. Silvin concludes this lecture recounting how, with the advent of jet airliners, most of the great pre-Second World War liners were scrapped and replaced by what he calls “Hyatts on a barge” as the lucrative cruise industry took hold.

Richard René Silvin earned his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in 1970 and two MBAs from Cornell University in 1972 and he spent 25 years in the investor-owned hospital industry. Since retiring, René has published five books, including a memoir about his friendship with the late Duchess of Windsor as well as a history of Palm Beach, Florida seen through the eyes of the famous society architect, Addison Mizner. His latest book, Normandie: The Tragic Story of the Most Majestic Ocean Liner is a historical novel that brings to life the history of North Atlantic luxury liner travel. 

Wednesday, February 15 | 6:30-8:00 pm
$12 Member ● $17 Guest

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ACE PRESENTS: FDR and the Jews: A New Perspective

Was President Franklin Roosevelt a friend of the Jews? Since WWII, the Roosevelt administration’s policy in regard to the Nazi death camps has been questioned. Did it do or attempt to do anything? Could it have done more? Historian Laurence Stern did extensive research on President Roosevelt, the Jewish leadership and the military. In the process, he uncovered new information on microfilm and diaries that has been accepted as “important Holocaust era documents” by the archives division at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem. What was discovered gives a new perspective on FDR. Mr. Stern will point out what can be learned and why it is relevant today. This presentation is not a criticism or a defense of Roosevelt’s policies. It lays out historical facts and encourages you to form your own conclusions. Laurence Stern has had a love of history since childhood. He turned this into a second career by doing original research, specifically on the Roosevelt and Truman presidencies. He has lectured on his findings to various adult education groups and charitable and religious organizations.

Tuesday, February 21 | 6:30-8:00 pm
$12 Member ● $17 Guest

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Let’s Make-Up: A One Act Presentation

From a squalid neighborhood in Brooklyn to Palm Beach, Paris, London, and the society of Europe, Estee Lauder used determination, perseverance, creativity, opportunity and a “gimmick” to build the largest family-owned cosmetic
business. With Youth Dew, White Rain, Clinique, male fragrances such as Aramis and numerous other products she surpassed her competition and convinced shoppers that the proper creams, lotions and oils “can make beauty a reality.”

Thursday, February 23 | 7:00-8:00 pm
$12 Member ● $17 Guest

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ACE PRESENTS A Daughter’s Discovery: Her Father’s Role in History’s Greatest Treasure Hunt

Susan Fisher Sullam knew very little about her father, Joel Fisher’s war experiences. For 15 years after his death in 1997, boxes of her father’s files sat unopened in her basement until a couple of phone calls prompted her to open them. In them she found hundreds of pages of top secret and classified documents which provided an almost day-by-day diary chronicling his leading role in the recovery of billions of dollars of gold bullion, silver, foreign currency, artwork, and the possessions of Holocaust victims stolen by the Nazis and hidden in the closing days of WWII. Ms. Sullam shares with us the story she discovered of a man who faced enormous odds in his quest to make sure the Nazis would never profit from their crimes. Susan Fisher Sullam is the former communications director for U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin and now a freelance writer in Baltimore.

Tuesday, March 21 | 7:00-8:00 pm
$12 Member ● $17 Guest

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