About Women of the Shoah

Holocaust Education

It is important that the history of the Holocaust is taught, experienced, and remembered for future generations who will not be able to meet survivors first-hand. The actual photo of these women was used as the basis of the sculpture. The Monument will include a witness viewing station with a camera aimed at the women, enabling the public to peer through it as the Nazi photographer did. Instead of seeing the women as “Jews-less than” as the Nazi’s did, we invite viewers to honor their memory by looking through the camera at the women, moments before they were killed, and see their humanity. In this way we can defy evil and death by becoming living witnesses to the atrocity of antisemitism, and showing that we all have a way to stand up and resist that which is insufferable, intolerable and inhumane.

Our educational initiatives may be used to support compliance with North Carolina’s Federal and State Holocaust Education Acts.

For information on Jewish placemaking and Holocaust education workshops built around the Liepāja Massacre and North Carolina’s first women’s Monument contact Elizabeth Alberti at 631-897-8300 or e-mail her liz@womenoftheshoahjp.org.

What We Do

Organize and catalyze community, business leaders, and Holocaust survivors and their families to build public Monuments honoring the spirit of humanity in the women and children of the Holocaust

Create public art that provides for social engagement and encourages reflection, understanding and compassion in our diverse communities

Educate, inform, and transform the viewers perspective on the Holocaust, antisemitism, racism and all genocide of women and children

Recognize the timely need to memorialize and teach the history of the Holocaust for the next generation as eyewitness survivors age, and allow our communities to become witnesses themselves to the horrors of the Shoah

Board of Directors

Our board is comprised of world-renowned supporters of Holocaust education and scholarship.

Sue Simmons

Founder/Board President, Development Professional, Community Volunteer

Sue Simmons

Sue Simmons has been working in the nonprofit sector for over 25 years, as a professional and volunteer. Sue was the Director of the Advancement Group at the Center for Creative Leadership and is currently a Managing Director of S&G Consulting, working in the nonprofit sector. In March of 2015, Sue presented on nonprofit leadership at the International Jewish Funders Network conference in Tel Aviv. In her volunteer capacity, she served as board chairs of Family Service of the Piedmont Greensboro Foundation, Jewish Family Services of Greensboro, and B’nai Shalom Day School. Sue is immediate Past President of the Greensboro Jewish Federation, a past campaign chair, and currently serves as the Chair of the Jewish Community Relations Committee at the Federation. Sue holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Communications from the University of Cincinnati and lives in Greensboro, NC with her husband Gary. Sue enjoys travel, reading, engaging in philanthropy and community service using her voice and time to work toward a more equal and just society.

Sue Simmons

Founder/Board President, Development Professional, Community Volunteer

Sue Simmons

Sue Simmons has been working in the nonprofit sector for over 25 years, as a professional and volunteer. Sue was the Director of the Advancement Group at the Center for Creative Leadership and is currently a Managing Director of S&G Consulting, working in the nonprofit sector. In March of 2015, Sue presented on nonprofit leadership at the International Jewish Funders Network conference in Tel Aviv. In her volunteer capacity, she served as board chairs of Family Service of the Piedmont Greensboro Foundation, Jewish Family Services of Greensboro, and B’nai Shalom Day School. Sue is immediate Past President of the Greensboro Jewish Federation, a past campaign chair, and currently serves as the Chair of the Jewish Community Relations Committee at the Federation. Sue holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Communications from the University of Cincinnati and lives in Greensboro, NC with her husband Gary. Sue enjoys travel, reading, engaging in philanthropy and community service using her voice and time to work toward a more equal and just society.

Elizabeth Alberti

Elizabeth Alberti

Co-Founder

Elizabeth Alberti, MA is a seasoned philanthropy professional with broad experience in government affairs, communications, advocacy and Jewish education. With a dynamic career in institutional advancement spanning over 20 years, she has led institutional advancement and external affairs management for the country’s most prestigious Jewish communal and higher education institutions such as, New York Federation (UJA), The Simon Wiesenthal Center, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Elizabeth has recently moved from her role as the Senior Director of Institutional Advancement at Touro College to work full time at her firm TRIConsultants a full-service advancement, external affairs, and community engagement firm. Liz is fluent in Dutch and Hebrew and loves to spend her free time visiting her four children who live in Manhattan, Vermont, and Colorado.

Elizabeth Alberti

Co-Founder

Elizabeth Alberti

Elizabeth Alberti, MA is a seasoned philanthropy professional with broad experience in government affairs, communications, advocacy and Jewish education. With a dynamic career in institutional advancement spanning over 20 years, she has led institutional advancement and external affairs management for the country’s most prestigious Jewish communal and higher education institutions such as, New York Federation (UJA), The Simon Wiesenthal Center, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Elizabeth has recently moved from her role as the Senior Director of Institutional Advancement at Touro College to work full time at her firm TRIConsultants a full-service advancement, external affairs, and community engagement firm. Liz is fluent in Dutch and Hebrew and loves to spend her free time visiting her four children who live in Manhattan, Vermont, and Colorado.

Shelly Weiner

Holocaust Survivor, Chair Holocaust Education

Shelly Weiner

Watch the story of Shelly’s story and her escape from Nazi Germany in this Centropa video.

Shelly Weiner

Holocaust Survivor, Chair Holocaust Education

Shelly Weiner

Watch the story of Shelly’s story and her escape from Nazi Germany in this Centropa video.

Marlyn Forman Chandler

Marilyn Forman Chandler

Chair of Community Outreach

Marilyn is the Executive Director of the Greensboro Jewish Federation and has directed the highly respected and engaged organization since 1988. She credits the success of the “small and mighty” Federation to the outstanding partnership between volunteer and professional leadership. She led the community through annual and special campaigns resulting in over $50 million in total donations to the local Jewish community annual campaign, Jews in Israel and in global Jewish communities. She holds an MSW from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work of Yeshiva University and was a Mandel/Council of Jewish Federations Executive Development Program Fellow. Marilyn is married to Robert. Together, they are proud parents of three daughters, Dori, Hallie and Shira; two sons-in-law, Scott Fox and Daniel Sternberg, and one grandchild, Adi Tsamah.

Marilyn Forman Chandler

Chair of Community Outreach

Marlyn Forman Chandler

Marilyn is the Executive Director of the Greensboro Jewish Federation and has directed the highly respected and engaged organization since 1988. She credits the success of the “small and mighty” Federation to the outstanding partnership between volunteer and professional leadership. She led the community through annual and special campaigns resulting in over $50 million in total donations to the local Jewish community annual campaign, Jews in Israel and in global Jewish communities. She holds an MSW from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work of Yeshiva University and was a Mandel/Council of Jewish Federations Executive Development Program Fellow. Marilyn is married to Robert. Together, they are proud parents of three daughters, Dori, Hallie and Shira; two sons-in-law, Scott Fox and Daniel Sternberg, and one grandchild, Adi Tsamah.

Monument Artist

Victoria Milstein

Founder & Monument Artist, Painter, Teacher, Social Practice Artist

Victoria Milstein

Originally from New York, Victoria Carlin Milstein has lived and traveled around the world and now resides in Greensboro, NC. Victoria studied at The School of Visual Arts in New York City and The Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem. Victoria’s portraits hang in private and public collections globally. She is currently in the process of creating North Carolina’s first women’s Holocaust Monument, “She Wouldn’t Take off Her Boots,” as founder of Women of the Shoah.

She serves on numerous community boards and organizations including Downtown Greensboro Inc, Weatherspoon Museum, North Carolina Folk Festival, Visitors Boards of UNCG and Greensboro Community College, and North Carolina’s Holocaust Council. She is a recent recipient of the Anne Hummel YWCA Mission Award for her work in establishing Victoria’s House, an art center for children experiencing homelessness.

Victoria was a 2018 TedX Greensboro Speaker and operates VCM Art Studio, a place of mentorship and fellowship, with model drawings, workshops and community events for all demographics. Visit: TEDXGreensboro

Victoria Carlin Milstein

Founder & Monument Artist, Painter, Teacher, Social Practice Artist

Victoria Milstein

Originally from New York, Victoria Carlin Milstein has lived and traveled around the world and now resides in Greensboro, NC. Victoria studied at The School of Visual Arts in New York City and The Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem. Victoria’s portraits hang in private and public collections globally. She is currently in the process of creating North Carolina’s first women’s Holocaust Monument, “She Wouldn’t Take off Her Boots,” as founder of Women of the Shoah.

She serves on numerous community boards and organizations including Downtown Greensboro Inc, Weatherspoon Museum, North Carolina Folk Festival, Visitors Boards of UNCG and Greensboro Community College, and North Carolina’s Holocaust Council. She is a recent recipient of the Anne Hummel YWCA Mission Award for her work in establishing Victoria’s House, an art center for children experiencing homelessness.

Victoria was a 2018 TedX Greensboro Speaker and operates VCM Art Studio, a place of mentorship and fellowship, with model drawings, workshops and community events for all demographics. Visit: TEDXGreensboro

Historical Advisor

David Crowe

David M. Crowe, PhD

Holocaust Scholar/Co-Chair Holocaust Education, Presidential Fellow at Chapman University, Professor Emeritus of History & Law at Elon University

David is a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University and Professor Emeritus of History & Law at Elon University. He was a member of the Education Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC from 1990-2004, and served on the North Carolina Council on the Holocaust from 1991-1999 (4 years as chair). He is President Emeritus of the Association for the Study of Nationalities at Columbia University, and was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute from 1998-2001. He was also a Fellow at the University of North Carolina’s Center for East European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies from 1997-2006 and a Visiting Professor at Central European University in Budapest in 1998. His principal publications include The Holocaust: Root, History, and Aftermath, 2nd edition; Stalin’s Soviet Justice: ‘Show’ Trials, War Crimes Trials, and Nuremberg; War Crimes, Genocide, and Justice; A History of the Gypsies of Eastern Europe and Russia, 2nd edition; and the definitive biography of Oskar Schindler – Oskar Schindler: The Untold Account of His Life, Wartime Activities, and the True Story Behind the ‘List.’ He is currently writing Raphael Lemkin: The Life of a Visionary, which looks deeply at the life and thought of this remarkable Russian-Jewish lawyer who coined and defined the term ‘genocide’ in 1944 and later became the driving force behind the UN’s adoption of the Genocide Convention in 1948.

David M. Crowe, PhD

Holocaust Scholar/Co-Chair Holocaust Education, Presidential Fellow at Chapman University, Professor Emeritus of History & Law at Elon University

David Crowe

David is a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University and Professor Emeritus of History & Law at Elon University. He was a member of the Education Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC from 1990-2004, and served on the North Carolina Council on the Holocaust from 1991-1999 (4 years as chair). He is President Emeritus of the Association for the Study of Nationalities at Columbia University, and was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute from 1998-2001. He was also a Fellow at the University of North Carolina’s Center for East European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies from 1997-2006 and a Visiting Professor at Central European University in Budapest in 1998. His principal publications include The Holocaust: Root, History, and Aftermath, 2nd edition; Stalin’s Soviet Justice: ‘Show’ Trials, War Crimes Trials, and Nuremberg; War Crimes, Genocide, and Justice; A History of the Gypsies of Eastern Europe and Russia, 2nd edition; and the definitive biography of Oskar Schindler – Oskar Schindler: The Untold Account of His Life, Wartime Activities, and the True Story Behind the ‘List.’ He is currently writing Raphael Lemkin: The Life of a Visionary, which looks deeply at the life and thought of this remarkable Russian-Jewish lawyer who coined and defined the term ‘genocide’ in 1944 and later became the driving force behind the UN’s adoption of the Genocide Convention in 1948.

Advisory Board

Julie Emmons
Jenny Kaiser
Anne Parsons
Rob Overman
Ron Milstein
Gail LeBauer
Judi Magier
Rodney Dawson
Debra Cohen
Amanda Loflin
Sylvia Samet
Irene Cohen

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Letters of Support

We have tremendous community support from state, federal and community leadership.

NC Council on the Holocaust

Michael Abramson

I believe the Holocaust Monument, “She Wouldn’t Take Off Her Boots” is critical to further racial and ethnic understanding in North Carolina. I feel the monument will prompt North Carolinians to study the impact of bigotry and intolerance on society similar to the Woolworth’s lunch counter at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum.

The Holocaust occurred because good people did not take action against hate. This monument will prompt individuals to consider how their behavior affects others and will motivate individuals to work together with the goal to eliminate the negative misconceptions we have of each other…

The monument will serve as a focal point where individuals and classes can initiate frank and honest dialogue about pluralism, tolerance and acceptance. A key lesson of the Holocaust is that hate will thrive when ignorance and indifference exist in a community.

 

International Civil Rights Center & Museum

John L. Swaine, CEO

…Greensboro has a widely respected reputation as a place with a long history of social justice activities on behalf of recognizing the dignity of every human being. It is the most fitting place that I can imagine for expanding the civil and human rights dialog that might be focused on such a powerful monument. The opportunity for a prominent placement of the sensitively conceived sculpture adds to the potentially enlightening character of internationally recognized conversations, enriched with reminders of Greensboro’s lesson to the rest of the world and its status as a “Civil Rights City.”

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Greensboro Downtown Parks
Brooks Pierce

Address

WSJP
517 S Elm St.
Greensboro, NC 27406

Phone

631-897-7236

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