NO LONGER UNIMAGINABLE: A Conversation with Holocaust Survivors

Brian Tate | September 9, 2022

Livestreaming on Wednesday, September 21, 6:00-7:30 pm ET. Click below to register for this event. 

How do Holocaust survivors view the causes and consequences of that historic trauma? How have the hateful policies and sentiments of Nazi Germany found new life in the world today – and what can be done about it? What can people who confronted and survived inhumanity teach us about imagining the unimaginable – so that we might identify its evolving sound and march, and act now to stop it from fully taking shape?

Join us online for NO LONGER UNIMAGINABLE: A Conversation with Holocaust Survivors. With Michael Bornstein, Rabbinic Pastor Dr. Aliza Levy Erber, Sonja Geismar, and Ilse Melamid. Moderated by Rabbi Shai Held. Opening performance by Morley.


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Rabbi Shai Held, President and Dean, Hadar 


Michael Bornstein
Rabbinic Pastor Dr. Aliza Erber
Sonja Geismar
Ilse Melamid 

Opening Performance
Morley, singer, producer, composer, and educator




Michael Bornstein: Holocaust Survivor Michael Bornstein was sent to Auschwitz when he was just 4 – KWWL
Rabbinic Pastor Dr. Aliza Erber: Most Powerful Moments From the Families Belong Together Marches – Teen Vogue
Sonja Geismar: One Family’s Voyage on the St. Louis – B’nai Jeshurun
Ilse Melamid: Kindertransport Holocaust Survivors Make Impassioned Plea Against Trump’s Muslim Ban – Forward
Morley: Borderless Lullabies – Bandcamp 


SOMETIMES WE MUST INTERFERE: Conversations on Confronting Inhumanity  (September 20-22, 2022) is a three-part series of events that will explore America’s response to the Holocaust and other historic traumas; the reckoning we must face when wholesale bigotry and violence are unmet; and what can be done today to stand against those who would injure entire populations in the name of extremism, greed, and hate.  

Presented by The WNET Group, home of America’s flagship PBS station.
Curated by Brian Tate and Mary Burke.
Project management by Jasmine Wilson and LaToya Semple.
Presented in partnership with The WNET Group’s Exploring Hate initiative.

Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.” – Elie Wiesel

Series Schedule

September 20: WE MUST TAKE SIDES: A Conversation about the U.S. and the Holocaust†
September 21: NO LONGER UNIMAGINABLE: A Conversation with Holocaust Survivors*
September 22: THE BORDER BETWEEN THEN AND NOW: A Conversation with People Threatened with Deportation* 

† A hybrid event presented in partnership with Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan.

* Livestreaming at

All programs held 6:00-7:30 pm ET.   

Promotional Partners

Facing History and Ourselves
Selfhelp Community Services

Held in support of The U.S. and the Holocaust, a film by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick & Sarah Botstein. 

FUNDING FOR THE U.S AND THE HOLOCAUST WAS PROVIDED BY: Bank of America; David M. Rubenstein; the Park Foundation; the Judy and Peter Blum Kovler Foundation; Gilbert S. Omenn and Martha A. Darling; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; and by the following members of The Better Angels Society: Jeannie and Jonathan Lavine; Jan and Rick Cohen; Allan and Shelley Holt; the Koret Foundation; David and Susan Kreisman; Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder; Blavatnik Family Foundation; Crown Family Philanthropies, honoring the Crown and Goodman Families; the Fullerton Family Charitable Fund; Dr. Georgette Bennett and Dr. Leonard Polonsky; The Russell Berrie Foundation; Diane and Hal Brierley; John and Catherine Debs; and Leah Joy Zell and the Joy Foundation. Funding was also provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.