Hosted by Vizhier CORPUS Mooney ’85 in Pacific Palisades, CA in collaboration with the HCHSAA. Space is limited to first 50 people.
Tuesday, May 23rd
12:00 p.m. - 2 p.m.
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Sunday, May 21st
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Hosted by Jonathan Plotzker-Kelly ’82 in collaboration with the HCHSAA.
Thursday, May 18th
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The in-person event is sold out, but the Zoom link is still available for anyone who wishes to attend virtually. Tickets are only $20, register for what is sure to be a fascinating event today!On Friday, June 2nd, the HCHSAA will host an exclusive event featuring MSNBC host Chris Hayes. The well-known host of MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes will take part in an in-depth conversation with HCHS Social Studies faculty Irving Kagan ’82 and our Hunter audience. Registration for this special talk is open to alums from all class years! Tickets for the event will be issued in the order of registration received through the HCHSAA website. Hayes became an MSNBC contributor in 2010 and previously hosted the weekend program "Up w/ Chris Hayes," which premiered in 2011. He is Editor-at-Large of “The Nation,” also produced by MSNBC. His 2018 book, A Colony in a Nation (W.W. Norton & Company), is a New York Times best-seller. Hayes' first book, Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy (Crown), which is about the crisis of authority in American life, was published in June 2012 and also became a New York Times best-seller. Writing on a wide variety of political and social issues since 2002, Hayes is a former Fellow at Harvard University's Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics. From 2008-2010, he was a Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation. From 2005 to 2006, he was a Schumann Center Writing Fellow at In These Times. His essays, articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Time, The Nation, The American Prospect, The New Republic, The Washington Monthly, The Guardian, and The Chicago Reader. A Fireside Chat with Chris Hayes will be held at the Asia Society Penthouse Suite, 725 Park Avenue at East 70th Street, from 4:30pm-7:00pm . A reception will follow the discussion.
Program4:00pm: Doors Open 4:30-5:30pm: Discussion with Chris Hayes ’97 and Irving Kagan ’82, including 15 minutes of Q&A 5:30-7:00pm: Reception This event will be held in a hybrid format. The in-person event is sold out, but the Zoom link is still available for anyone who wishes to attend virtually. Tickets are only $20, register for what is sure to be a fascinating event today!
Come, hear Lindsay Starr, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley, Prospect Management and Client Coverage Suzanne Matthews, Director, Center for Financial & Economic Education and Adjunct Professor – Business Department, Westchester Community College Pat Addeo, Senior Associate, Wealth Management, Veris Wealth Partners
To participate in the event, please sign up for our Zoom meeting here, or view the discussion on Facebook Live by going here.
Moderator: Lisa GOLDIN Rabinowicz '59
Lisa has an Honors Degree in Linguistics and Anthropology, Univ of London, work on masters of Mass Communications. Bachelor of Science, University of Florida. She worked in TV news, and now performs and participates in playreading.
She was born in Uzbekistan after her parents escaped from a shtetyl in Bela Rus Poland. After World War II, she was taken to DP-Displaced Persons- in Germany.
She arrived in America on the last passenger voyage of USN ship, Ernie Pyle, a wonderful future and voyage for her small surviving family. She is a very grateful immigrant to the USA.
Susanne KLEJMAN Bennet '55
I was born in 1938 in Warsaw, the year before the Germans invaded Poland. In 1940 my family was forced into the Warsaw Ghetto. Three generations of my family, from a baby of 4 months through grandparents in their 60s were murdered in the Ghetto and in the gas chambers of the Treblinka extermination camp. I and my parents, separated during part of the war, survived to eventually come to the United States in 1950 and begin a new life.
Joan L. KENT Finkelstein '54, Ph.D.
I arrived in NYC as a four-year-old in February 1941 completing an epic ten-month journey from Warsaw, Poland, with a 40-day voyage aboard an American ship from India.
With a close family of storytellers and a large treasure trove of letters, photographs, and documents (including false papers) retrieved by my parents from their nine steamer trunks, I reconstructed and discovered how they decided and then were actually able to leave Nazi-occupied Poland. Traveling through Italy and the Middle East, we obtained immigration visas for America, and finally reached American soil before their rapid expiration. Beyond the narrative of events, my story also underlines those elements of luck, luck again, resilience, and determination that underlie the survival of all of us who can now tell them.
strong>Eve KANNER Kugler Jan. '49
I was born in Halle an der Saale, [East] Germany. If you have trouble locating it, look for Magdeburg or Leipzig.
My family, parents, older sister Ruth, younger sister Lea and I went on waiting list for visas to Palestine in 1935 and were still waiting on Kristallnacht, Nov. 9-10, 1938 when Nazis created havoc in our apartment, arrested my father and sent him to Buchenwald. The windows of his department store were smashed and our synagogue was torched. Based on a forged visa for France my father was released from Buchenwald after six weeks. Mother and children escaped to France in June 1939.
With outbreak of World War II, France interned my father; my mother placed us in a Jewish children’s home near Paris where she became a cook. When France surrendered, we were evacuated to a children’s home near Limoges controlled by Vichi France. In 1941 Ruth and I joined a small Kindertransport to NY where we became foster children. With the roundup of Jews in 1942 the Resistance hid Lea. My parents survived in French concentration camps. The family was reunited in New York in 1947 after I became a Hunter student.
Edith TENNENBAUM Shapiro '52, M.D.
I was born in Zloczow in the province Galicja in Poland. Since the end of WWII, the city has been renamed Zolochev and is now in the Ukraine.
In 1939, eighty years ago, when I was 4 years old, Germany and the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression pact that led to their invading Poland from East and West simultaneously. We were invaded by the Russians. My family was on the enemy list because my grandfather owned a factory and both my parents were lawyers. We lost our home and many possessions, grandfather lost the factory, and we lived under the threat of deportation to Siberia that lead to my grandparents escaping to another city, separating the family. Father was allowed to work in the factory which played a significant role in our survival under the subsequent German occupation. The pact unravelled in two years, Germans drove out the Russians and invaded Zloczow. The German occupation was marked by successive akzions, pogroms when Jews were hunted, allegedly for deportation to work camps but it became clear that these were death camps. A ghetto was formed. Eventually Zloczow was declared Judenrein, free from Jews.
We had hidden in the factory and in bunkers and cellars during the pogroms. At some point it became known that while some adults did work in the camps, children were murdered. People began to try to hide the children. A young couple agreed to take me but not my sister who they said looked more Jewish. I ran away to my parents. I was around 7-8 years old at the time.
After that the family, except for my paternal grandparents, succeeded in staying together. After more episodes, more plans that went awry we ended up in hiding with Polish and Ukrainian acquaintances.
My paternal grandparents perished, grandmother from typhus. Grandfather committed suicide on the way to a camp. I learned after the war that my parents were supplied with cyanide for use if we were "caught".
Ending on a happier note, the young couple who offered to shelter me turned out to be Jews who were "passing".
|Moderator: Steve Hofstetter '97
Hofstetter, who has a whopping 150 million views on YouTube, is also the host of Finding Babe Ruth on FS1. His book (Ginger Kid) is a top 5 pick on Amazon and debuted at number one in its category. Hofstetter was the host and executive producer of season one of Laughs (FOX) and he has been on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and E! True Hollywood Story, Comics Unleashed, Comedy All-Stars, Quite Frankly, White Boyz in the Hood, Countdown, and more. He just filmed his 4th movie, and he has had two top 20 comedy albums (including one that hit number 1 on iTunes comedy charts). He is a former columnist for Sports Illustrated and the NHL, and has also written for Maxim and the New York Times, among others.
|Charlie Bardey '13
Charlie Bardey is a writer, comedian, and educator born and based in New York City. A graduate of Hunter College High School and Yale University, Charlie currently works as an educator, writer, and comedian. As a stand-up, Charlie has performed in venues like Caroline's, Union Hall, and the Bell House, and at colleges like Wesleyan University and American University. He has been profiled by Vulture Magazine, and his tweets (@chunkbardey) have been featured in BuzzFeed, Playboy, a local newspaper called The Patch. He can be seen on the BuzzFeed series "Did You See This?" on the Comedy Central webseries "Ayo And Rachel Are Single", and in AMC's upcoming satirical video game "Airplane Mode."
|Sachi Ezura '04
Sachi Ezura currently works as Senior Producer at The Greene Space, a live event space for NY Public Radio. She also consults in development for Irony Point, the production company behind I Think You Should Leave, Astronomy Club and The Break with Michelle Wolf. She has produced on Refinery29’s After After Party, BET’s The Rundown w/ Robin Thede, and MTV’s Girl Code. She was Executive Producer of Development and Talent at Seriously.TV, a digital comedy channel specializing in the intersection of comedy, politics, and social justice. She worked as Director of Original Programming at IFC, where, in addition to working on Documentary Now!, Portlandia, and Comedy Bang! Bang!, she oversaw IFC's digital platform, Comedy Crib. As Manager of Development at MTV2, she oversaw casting for MTV’s hit comedy series Guy Code and Girl Code. She also co-wrote the Girl Code book and has been published in The New Yorker’s Daily Shouts and The New York Post. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, daughter and two cats, one of which she likes.
|Claire Friedman '03
Claire Friedman is an Emmy-nominated writer who won a Peabody award for her work on Saturday Night Live. She most recently served as a writer on Showtime’s Desus & Mero and frequently writes comedy pieces for the New Yorker. Before becoming a television writer, Claire worked in development at FX Networks and served as the Executive-in-Charge of the Lip Sync Battle franchise for Paramount Network. From 2007-2012, she worked as an Investment Banker at Goldman Sachs, where she helped to fund entertainment and media companies. Claire was born and raised in New York City. She attended Harvard Business School and Harvard College, where she was an editor on the Harvard Lampoon.
|Sophie Zucker '11
Sophie Zucker is a comedian. She stars as Abby on Apple TV's Dickinson, opposite Hailee Steinfeld. She is also a writer on the show. Sophie has performed original work at Joe's Pub, Union Hall, The Duplex, Littlefield, Brooklyn Comedy Collective, Second City, UCB, Lyric Hyperion, and Annoyance NY and trained at most of those places, too. Other favorite TV/Film credits include The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel; the Mindy Kaling feature Late Night, and Comedy Central's The Other Two. She performs monthly with her all-female comedy collective Ladies Who Ranch at Union Hall. This year, she wrote and starred in Mistressbate, a pop musical about a masturbation scandal set at an all-girls private school. Right now, she's shooting Season 3 of Dickinson, on which she also served as an Executive Story Editor, and developing two shows with Phoebe Robinson's production company Tiny Reparations and Cowboy Bear Ninja, respectively. Sophie grew up in New York and attended Hunter College High School (2011). She went on to graduate from Oberlin College in 2015 with a BA in Religion and Creative Writing. She is down to hang out.