INFOTRUE Educational Experiences, 261 Broadway - 8C, NY NY 10007 --- (212) 233-7867
INFOTRUE.COM is a website that was created by Rick Landman on August 27, 1997 as one of the free Geocities Accounts. It was originally intended to assist several community groups to have a place on the internet.
Now it focuses on issues dealing with Holocaust-German-Jewish matters and LGBT History and the intersection of both as they relate to the American Civil Rights Movement. The website also shows how to find out more about Rick Landman's Walking Tours, Speaking Engagements, Show, Book, Blog and articles. Rick is also an e-essayist, (electronic essayist) which is sort of a blogger, and includes a Blog on this site.
The Tours are not your typical kind of walking tours. They are individualized for your class or group, and the "Talk" is usually from a personal perspective or from a lecture that I used to teach at NYU or New York Law School. You can visit Lower Manhattan and learn various topics in the actual location where the events occurred.
The LGBT History Tour and the World Trade Center/Urban Planning Tours are the most popular ones, because they are given from a personal perspective.
Speaking Engagements and the One Man Show combine the various aspects of his life and how they are part of America's Civil Rights Movement. There are various webpages on the Holocaust and LGBT History and their intersection.
With all this in mind, you can discuss booking some time with him for a Walking Tour (from 1.5 hours or for the entire day) or a Speaking Engagement or a Show by emailing INFOTRUE@yahoo.com.
ABOUT RICK LANDMAN
Attorney, Planner, Professor, Director
Rick Landman has lived in Lower Manhattan south of Chambers Street for over 30 years, which is around 1,000 feet from the northern end of the World Trade Center. Most of the tours will pass by the World Trade Center and he will explain what it was like to live through that period of our history.
Rick became a dual American-German citizen in 2007 and is the son of two German Holocaust Survivors. He is active in archiving his family's history in various museums and institutes and incorporates much of this background in various tours. Another part of his personal history is his long term involvement in America's LGBT movement, starting with his founding of the Gay Liberation Front in his college in Buffalo in 1970 and his participation in numerous marches and organizations over the decades.
Academically, he has 3 Masters Degrees and a J.D. in Law. He was the Executive Director of the Division of Real Property for the City of New York under the Koch Administration and was an administrator and adjunct faculty member for NYU for almost 2 decades before retiring and starting INFOTRUE Educational Experiences. He is currently using his Masters Degree in Curriculum Development to prepare experiences on teaching Social Justice and various history and civil rights programs.
He was born in New York City when Truman was president, and was a "future gay criminal" in all 48 states. By the time he retired he had obtained 3 Masters Degrees (and J.D.) and became an attorney, professor, college administrator with equal civil rights in New York State.
His parents were refugees who fled from Nazi Germany in 1939, leaving 17 members of their immediate family behind who perished in the Holocaust. In 2007, Rick became a dual German and American citizen, and marched for the 5th time in the German-American Steuben Parade as a Jew this past September. Talk about quirks of fate, his father was interned in Dachau after Kristallnacht in 1938 and later liberated Dachau as an American soldier in 1945.
Being a minority of minorities gives him a unique perspective on life. His stories explore life through the eyes of a first generation American, gay pioneer, Jewish, German-American, son of refugees, baby boomer, to promote social justice globally.
PRO BONO AWARDS
& COMMUNITY SERVICE
Below you can see some of the Awards and Community Service that I have performed in the past few years, in addition to being the Director of INFOTRUE Educational Experiences and teaching a Land Use Law class at New York Law School.
"Attorney Emeritus" Program for providing pro bono services in Housing Court for several years.
Recipient of several Pro Bono Awards from the Access to Justice Program in Housing Court over the past few years (Volunteered over 700 hours at the Pro Se Litigant Help Center at Manhattan's Housing Court).
Recipient of Special Congressional Recognition for the work performed to get the NYC Holocaust Memorial Park at Sheepshead Bay to include 5 stone markers remembering the lives of the Other Victims of the Nazi era.
Former Lead Counsel at the LGBT Bar Association Legal Walk-In Clinic for the past few years (Volunteered over 600 hours) at Manhattan's LGBT Community Center.
Served as a Guardian ad Litem for several wards at the request of various Housing Court judges.
Long Term Member of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST) (and former member of the Board of Directors), first going to the synagogue in April 1973.
Former Member of Community Board #1 Manhattan over the past decades; including being the Chair of the Planning Committee, Landmarks Committee and Tribeca Committee
Donated more than 1,500 hours at the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen in the past few years. See documentary video below on Homeless where Rick is interviewed as a volunteer.
Started a Jewish Contingent to march in the German-American Steuben Parade for the past several years.
On a personal basis, he is a Native New Yorker, born to two German Holocaust Survivors. He also started the Gay Liberation Front at SUNY Buffalo in 1970 and has been active in LGBT political advances ever since. Finally, in 2005 he returned a Torah scroll to his grandfather's hometown and became a dual American/German citizen in 2007.
Co-chair of the International Association of Lesbian and Gay Children of Holocaust Survivors since 1990. We finally succeeded in having stone Memorial markers to be inscribed in NYC's Holocaust Memorial Park in Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn for the Other Victims of the Nazi era. This project took around 18 years to accomplish.