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Holocaust Hero, Parenting

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Jan 27, 2018
  • 1:40:49

The Legacy of a Portuguese Diplomat Who Saved Thousands in WWII Guests: Gerald Mendes, grandson of Aristides de Sousa Mendes; Dan Mattis, visa recipient whose life was saved by de Sousa Mendes during WWII A remarkable story of heroism is Top of Mind this hour as we mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In the spring of 1940, as Germany invaded France, thousands of people lined up at the Portuguese embassy in Bordeaux, hoping to secure a visa to travel to Portugal and from there to some place safe from Hitler’s grasp. A Portuguese diplomat named Aristides de Sousa Mendes saved their lives in what one historian has called “the largest rescue action by a single individual during the Holocaust.” The Number of Great-Grandpa’s Arm Guest: Amy Schatz, Director, “The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm” Earlier we heard about a Portuguese diplomat who helped tens of thousands of people flee Nazi occupied France, and paid a great personal price for his heroism. Now we’re going to hear the story of Elliott and his 90-year-old great-grandpa Jack who are the central figures in a short film debuting Saturday, Jan. 27 on HBO called, “The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm.” We watch an intimate conversation between the two of them, interspersed with hand-painted animation to tell the story of Jewish life in Eastern Europe before and during the Holocaust.  What Would You Have Done? Guests: Jessica Hammer, PhD, Co-Designer, Rosenstrasse, Assistant Professor, HCI Institute, Entertainment Technology Center, Carnegie Mellon University; Moyra Turkington, Co-Designer, Rosenstrasse  If you’ve been listening to these stories of heroism during the Holocaust and found yourself thinking,  “I would have resisted. I’d have stood up to injustice, no matter the cost,” how can you know for sure? That question intrigued game designers Jessica Hammer and Moyra Turkington enough for them to design a role-playing board game called Rosenstrasse. Players take on the perspective of people living in 1943 Berlin when a large protest took place on Rosenstrasse Street. Day after day, hundreds of non-Jewish women came out to protest the incarceration of their Jewish husbands by the Nazis. The Yes Brain Guest: Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, Author, “The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Children” Parents of school-aged children can exhaust themselves trying to provide all the opportunities a well-rounded child needs to succeed: challenging schoolwork, music and art lessons, sports teams, field trips to museums and parks. All good things. But sometimes, in our quest to give our kids the best opportunities we neglect their emotional growth, which also takes time, energy and expertise to cultivate. But investing in kids’ emotional health continues to pay dividends long after kids have forgotten about dusty soccer trophies and academic gold stars. Parenting as Partners Guest: Vicki Hoefle, parenting coach, Author, “Parenting as Partners: How to Launch Your Kids Without Ejecting Your Spouse” While parents might agree on the goals of helping their kids feel safe, seen, secure and soothed, as we just heard, they may have very different ideas about how to accomplish them. Do kids feel soothed, for example, when they know they can fall asleep on their own? Or are they best soothed when a parent stays by their bedside until they fall asleep? Parenting Educator Vicki Hoefle noticed there aren’t many resources out there to help parents settle these differences. So she’s written one.