American Jewish Historical Society
On April 1st, 2012 SHS and the American Jewish Historical Society co-hosted "Love, Loss & Legacy: Isidor and Ida Straus and the Titanic" at The Center for Jewish History in New York City. SHS brought artifacts from the collection which were on display in the Great Hall at the Center along with many, many photographs of the family and of the events in their lives. Professor Steven Biel, Executive Director of the Humanities Center and Senior Lecturer in History and Literature at Harvard University, and author of Down With The Old Canoe: A Cultural History of the Titanic Disaster, spoke about the culture of the period. Joan Adler spoke about the history of the family including the events leading up to Isidor and Ida's last winter in Europe and their final trip aboard Titanic. Then Paul Kurzman, their great grandson, gave a moving talk about their legacy and what that means to him. A brief Q&A followed the talks.
Joan Adler in Los Angeles
In February of 2012, Joan Adler spoke twice in California. First, Joan spoke to a large audience at the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles. The following day, she spoke to another large group at the Museum of Tolerance in conjunction with the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Both programs focused on her research with the Otto Frank and Nathan Straus, Jr. letters that were discovered in 2007 and her book. After each presentation, there was an extensive Q&A session with the audience. Because her book had yet to be published, Joan was unable to do a book signing. Both centers, however, invited her back in 2013 once her research was published to present and sell and sign books. Joan's book was published in early 2013 and is now available for sale. Check our Upcoming Appearances page for more information about her return to LA.