The Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust offers “18 Voices: A Liberation Day Reading of Young Writers’ Diaries From The Holocaust” on Wednesday, January 27, at 8 p.m. The virtual commemoration marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the subject of the museum’s award-winning exhibition “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.” The exhibit will remain on display at the museum through May 2.
The museum’s presentation, narrated by Ray Donovan and Tony Award-winner Liev Schreiber, will feature young actors and public figures reading from the diaries of young Jewish children, written during the Holocaust, where they confided their experiences, hopes, and fears.
Readers include Skylar Astin (“Pitch Perfect”); Andréa Burns (“On Your Feet!,” “In the Heights,” “Beauty and the Beast”); Mandy Gonzalez (“Hamilton,” “Wicked,” “In the Heights”); klezmer musician Daniel Kahn; Adam Kantor (“Rent,” “Fiddler on the Roof”); actor Telly Leung (“Aladdin,” “Rent”); Stephanie Lynne Mason (“Fiddler on the Roof,” “Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish”); Zalmen Mlotek, artistic director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene; Amit Rahav (“Unorthodox”); Eleanor Reissa (“Indecent,” “Those Were the Days,” “The Plot Against America”); Alexandra Silber (“Fiddler on the Roof,” “Carousel”); author and social activist Abby Stein; Danny Strong (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Gilmore Girls”); Yelena Shmulenson (“A Serious Man,” “The Good Shepherd,” “Orange Is the New Black”); and Michael Zegen (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”).
“18 Voices: A Liberation Day Reading of Young Writers’ Diaries From The Holocaust” is curated by Alexandra Zapruder and based on her book “Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust.”
The museum will present the event online along with its JTube distribution partners around the globe. To register, go to mjhnyc.org/events. Tickets are free; a donation is suggested.