This section explores the Holocaust from the eyes of a gay son of two refugee Holocaust Survivors. It also includes video clips from Kristallnacht, Yom Hashoah, and Second Generation programs, etc.
It includes a Series of videos with a Powerpoint background where I narrate stories about my family history and the cities of Munich, Augsburg, Uffenheim, Nurnberg, Friedberg, and Hellstein. They are currently under construction. It will also include videos about LGBTQ History including the history of how the Gay Liberation Front started at UB in 1970 and stories from Rick Landman's life experiences.
FAMILY SERIES OF GERMAN CITIES
FRIEDBERG- The Kramer Family Story.
Click below to watch a 40 minute video by Rick Landman in English. This video contains stories, photos and documents about Rick Landman's maternal side of the family. The Kramer family includes Rick's grandmother Else (Elsie) and her aunt Helene Kramer who was a close friend of Bertha Pappenheim. It includes his great grandfather Max and Max's brother Harry. It was Harry who was in America and signed the affidavit to save the rest of the family. The video narrates stories about life in Friedberg around 1900 and how Else moved to Nurnberg and then fled to Strasbourg and then to NYC.
UFFENHEIM- The Life of Martin Oettinger.
Click below to watch a 44 minute video by Rick Landman in English with photos in the background and Rick Landman narrating stories about Martin Oettinger, who was born in Uffenheim, Germany. It includes his pre-World War I life, and the war years, and then the rise of Nazism in Uffenheim and his new residence of Nurnberg. He then fled to Strasbourg with his wife and daughter following him in the summer of 1933. Finally, he fled France to go to NYC in February 1939.
AUGSBURG- The Stories of Henry Landman (Heinz Landmann) and his connections to Augsburg, Germany.
Click below to watch a 57 minute video by Rick Landman in English with photos in the background and Rick Landman narrating stories about Henry Landman (Heinz Landmann) and his connection to the City of Augsburg in Germany. It includes his time in Dachau as an inmate after Kristallnacht, his time in London as an unaccompanied teenager, his time in the US Army when he was the first American soldier to enter Augsburg and when he was at the liberation of Dachau. It includes stories about the rededication of the Synagogue and the 2 Reunions that Henry conducted in the Catskills for the Jewish refugees.
AUGSBURG- The Reunions of 1988 and 1993 in the Catskill Mountains in New York.
Click below to watch a 39 minute video depicting the surviving Jewish refugee Holocaust Survivors from Augsburg German held two Reunions after 50 and 55 years since they fled. Rick Landman narrates the stories and shows the documents and photos from the reunions.
MUNICH- The Torah Returns to Congregation Beth Shalom in 2004
Click below to watch a 37 minute video by Rick Landman (first minute is in German and the rest is in English) as he explains the history of how the Torah that one of his grandfathers brought to America from Germany was returned to Germany in 2004 to go to a synagogue in the city of where his other grandfather grew up. It shows photos and a narration of his family's history in Germany and how Congregation Beth Shalom received the Torah.
LGBTQ HISTORY ISSUES
THE GAY LIBERATION FRONT (GLF) STARTS AT UB IN 1970- Stories of how the GLF started at UB and how the College of Urban Studies was formed.
Click below to watch a 54 minute video by Rick Landman which shows documents and photos while Rick narrates how the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) started at SUNY at Buffalo in 1970, and how the College of Urban Studies started in 1974 at UB through the eyes of one who was involved.
BABY BOOMER TO NEXT GENERATION TALK - 2022- On Being LGBT, Jewish and the son of Refugees
Click below to watch a 37 minute video by Rick Landman which was used for several Pride Talks for 2022 using his life experiences of a gay son of 2 German Jewish refugee Holocaust Survivors. He is a Baby Boomer who was born in NYC and started to come out at the age of 12 in 1965. His Bar Mitzvah was even on the last Shabbat in June, 4 years ahead of the Stonewall Riots. The talk is meant to encourage the future generations to continue the struggle for Civil Rights.
SHORT VIDEOS FROM CBST etc. DEALING WITH HOLOCAUST ISSUES
Click below to watch a 5 minute video by Rick Landman as he explains how Rick first learned that his father was one of the German Jews arrested on the day after Kristallnacht and was sent to Dachau. The video was part of the Congregation Beit Simchat Torah - CBST Kristallnacht Service on November 4, 2022.
Click below to watch a 3 minute video by Rick Landman as he explains the history of the German Hagaddah that his father shipped to America in a lift in 1939. The video was part of the Congregation Beit Simchat Torah - CBST Passover Seder on April15, 2022.
Click below to watch a 3 minute video by Rick Landman as he explains the history of the 200+ year old Megillah that his grandfather brought to America at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah - CBST Purim service on March 16, 2022.
Click below to hear about the first time that I learned that my dad was in Dachau and the first time I even heard the word Kristallnacht (sometime in the later 1960's, probably 1967. This is the second video that I made while isolating during the pandemic. I am not sure what will become of these, but the first step is to make them.
Click below to see Rick Landman's 3 minute presentation taped on November 9, 2018 at CBST - Congregation Beit Simchat Torah's Kristallnacht Shabbat service . This is the service where CBST remembers not only the tragic events of Kristallnacht, but also the culture and lives of the German (and Austrian) people from before the Holocaust. This year Rick channeled his father's lessons and shared them with the congregation.
The following clip is from the Congregation Beit Simchat Torah's 2017 Kristallnacht Shabbat service.
In November 2016, Rick Landman spoke at the annual Kristallnacht Service at CBST for 5 minutes about the Jewish Refugee Internment Camp at Oswego New York, which was created towards the end of World War II for about 900 displaced European Jews, who were interned in NY under the threat of being returned back to Germany after the war's conclusion.
Ruth Gruber's book called "Haven" is an excellent account of the lives and struggles of the story of how America did take in refugees in 1944 outside of the Quota system, and how America reacted to having these mostly Jews in our midst. It is a must read to understand refugees, displaced persons, and why America didn't take in more survivors of the Holocaust. Below is the video clip of Rick's talk at CBST.
Click below to see Rick Landman's 7 minute presentation taped on February 26, 2015 @ Museum of Jewish Heritage. In it he gives a glimpse into what it was like growing up as a gay son of Holocaust Survivors. It was taped shortly after the death of his father.
To see the entire 1.5 hour program by at the Museum of Jewish heritage of 9 children of Holocaust Survivors: click below:
Here is the event at CBST - Congregation Beith Sinchat Torah where I gave a Memorial talk about my father, Henry Landman, in two 30 minutes parts.
On January 29, 2015, Rick Landman was a panelist at a briefing at the United Nations on the Holocaust, Homosexuals and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Today. It was in partnership with the Holocaust and United Nations Outreach Programme. He told the approximately 20 year saga of why the stone markers for the Other Victims of the Nazi era were not inscribed in the New York City Holocaust Memorial Park in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.
A short award winning documentary made by high school juniors Jesse Berliner-Sachs, Sophie Whisnant, Meredith Criner, and Elizabeth Pasquerello. Won first place in district National History Day Competition 2014.
Jeff Dupre, Mia Ettinger, Ray Hill, Jim Hubbard, Richard Landman, Gretta Schiller, and Marc Stein.
You can read more about the First March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights and their project by Clicking here
A short award winning documentary made by Natasha Pagel-Aprill, about Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, featuring Rick Landman and Robert Beachy.