LGBT History, Holocaust Studies, American Civil Rights Movement
Speaking Engagements are based on the life experiences of Rick Landman. Rick discusses LGBT History starting with his stories of coming out at the age of 12 in 1965, and being involved ever since. He was at the first "Pride March" in NYC in 1970, the First March on Albany for Gay Rights in 1971, and was an organizer of the First March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in 1979. All this in addition to just relating what it was like to be opening gay for over 50 years. So many don't even realize the difficulties of trying to become a teacher or lawyer as an openly gay activist.
Rick was born in NYC after World War II to two German Jewish refugees. He can relate many stories of what it was like growing up with a pre-war German Jewish culture that was almost totally destroyed. His childhood included spending weekends in Washington Heights with his Oma and Opa, and summers in the German Jewish side of the Catskills Mountains. His father remained active with the people of Augsburg Germany, the town of his birth, and Rick assisted in many Holocaust Survivor events. Since he was gay and Jewish and of German parents, Rick focused on the intersection of these topics over the past decades.
Finally, being a Baby Boomer born before Brown vs. Board of Education, Rick's early childhood education happened during the period of when the City of New York tried to move from legal segregation to integration in both public schools and housing.
Rick is available as a speaker year-round and especially for Pride Month, LGBT History Month, LGBT Pride Shabbat Services, Yom HaShoah and Kristallnacht Programs.
Rick's programs can be more academic for high school and college settings, teaching LGBT History or Holocaust Studies; or emphasize the affective domain for middle-high school students and Gay-Straight Alliances to engage them. One popular program tells LGBT History from Napoleon to Trump in 60 minutes. There is also a more informal One Man Show Performance described below.
In addition, Rick also goes to colleges to discuss Urban Planning and Land-Use Law topics since he is a long term lawyer/planner/professor. The most popular talk (and walking tour) concerns America's Housing history from Urban Renewal programs to current practices. It covers the era of segregation and legal discrimination.
Most of the topics are taught from a personal perspective.
Below is a photo of a LGBT History Field Trip to NYC by Washington College, where a group of early LGBT activists spoke. The program was developed by David Carter who wrote the book "Stonewall".
You can read about the life of Rick's parents by clicking on this photo. Henry Landman died on December 29, 2014 at the age of 94, and his mother is still living. This webpage includes a link to "An Evening With My Dad" where Rick told stories about Henry Landman. The talks are on two YouTube videos; each about 30 minutes long. Further down this webpage are photos from Henry's life, and links to Rick's mother's side of the family.
Henry was born in Germany and on Kristallnacht was sent to Dachau, then fled to London as an unaccompanied teenager, and then came to NYC in 1939. He joined the US Army and went across North Africa to Sicily up through France to liberated both his hometown and Dachau. He kept in touch with his friends from Augsburg throughout his life. Rick can still relate many of these stories from either being told them or accompanying Henry back to Germany.
The stories come from various eras: First, what life was life in pre-War II Germany for Jews. Second, what is was like when the refugees came to America and started families. Thirdly, what it was like growing up in NYC as a child of refugees and grandchild of Holocaust Survivors still living in Washington Heights up until 1968.
This One Man Storytelling Show explores Social Justice and the History of the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes and life of a gay son of two Holocaust Survivors who becomes a German citizen. Growing up with a German Jewish Washington Heights background, while being opening gay in the 1960's gives one a unique perspective. The performance has been performed in a College theater setting, but can also be conducted in Synagogues, Churches, High Schools, or at your organization's space. Rick combines the lessons that he learned from the Holocaust with the the struggle for LGBT Rights to explain how far America has come. People can laugh while tackling difficult subjects. For more information, click on Show photo.
While some Walks are academic in nature, they are all entertaining where you learn and laugh at the same time. The maximum size of a Tour is 25 people, but some walks have been for just individuals, families or small parties. Every Walking Tour is full of Rick's personal stories to explore the specific subject. Rick is not only a Native New Yorker and licensed tour guide, but has been a law professor and Certified AICP Urban Planner for decades.
The LGBT History Tour in Greenwich Village, is led by one of the early pioneers of the Movement who marched with the GLF in the first Pride March in 1970. It incorporates the entire post WW II American Civil Rights Movement. The historical perspective is from a Law Professor who grew up in the segregated North as a gay son of two German Holocaust Survivors who has been active in the LGBT (Gay) Rights Movement since starting the GLF in his college in early 1970. This can be turned into a "Walking Show" for small groups of friends, co-workers, or for families with LGBT members. It has also been tailored for professional groups, such as for lawyers, urban planners, and doctors.
The New Amsterdam Tour, delves into the lives of the settlers including the enslaved, Jews, Homosexuals, Native Americans, and Europeans who lived in New Amsterdam and New Orange.
The Urban Planning Tour, is in Greenwich Village or in the Wall Street area. The Village Tour focuses on the Urban Renewal Area around NYU and talks include stories about Robert Moses, Jane Jacobs, and America's housing policies. The Tour downtown focuses more on the physical form and the former Lower Manhattan Plan around the World Trade Center area.
The World Trade Center Area, is led by a long time resident of Tribeca, former chair of various Community Board #1 Committees, who lived through 9/11. The Tour includes the former Lower Manhattan Plan and stories about 9/11 and the aftermath.
Individualized programs have been made for colleges, such at the tour for St. John's University's Discover New York program. The "Talk" is just as important as the "Walk" and includes many first hand recollections. All Tours can also be transformed into indoor lectures.
Click below for various webpages (mostly by Rick Landman)that give a look back to either LGBT Historical Events or Holocaust Historical Events; especially if they overlap, such as the inscription of the Other Victim Markers at the NYC Holocaust Memorial Museum in Sheepshead Bay or what it was like for Homosexuals during the Nazi era.
This webpage also contents various Organizations. It includes the International Association of Lesbian and Gay Children of Holocaust Survivors and several other second generation sites. Some are still listed for historical purposes, but they no longer exist.
The webpage also focuses on several historical events in LGBT History where either Rick Landman was involved directly or had a relationship with CBST, New York City's Synagogue serving people of all orientations and gender identities. This includes early marches for LGBT Rights, and our struggle to obtain full equality.
Exhibits, NYC Memorial Park and United Nations Briefing
You can watch the briefing at the United Nations on January 29, 2015, where Rick Landman tells the Saga of the Other Victim Markers at the NYC Holocaust Memorial Park in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn and the request for an official City Unveiling ceremony; and you can scroll down to read about the whole history as to why it took around 20 years to get the stone markers inscribed to remember the lives of the Homosexual Community, Jehovah Witnesses, Disabled Community, Roma-Sinti (Gypsy) Community, A-socials, Homeless, and Political Prisoners. You can also see a link to the USHMM Traveling Exhibit on the topic.
Take a while to read some short stories, articles, essays through the eyes of a gay son of 2 German Jewish refugees
Check out Articles Family Stories and Webpages that deal with the life of Rick Landman, and subjects exploring LGBT (gay) History, German, Jewish, Holocaust-related subjects. You will also find Series of blog pieces to explore the Lessons from the Holocaust or LGBT Rights Movement in greater detail. There is even a link to follow"The Memoir of a Gay Jewish German-American Pioneer - Riding the Arc of History" which is Rick Landman's book. There are also webpages relating Rick's family background, including how his father was both an inmate in Dachau and an American Soldier who liberated Dachau. For more information, click on the icon.
If you would like to watch some videos featuring talks by Rick Landman, click on the above heading. They tend to be on topics dealing with the Holocaust, or LGBT History, or the interconnection of both.