United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Presents Facebook Live Series ‘Rescued Recipes: Heroic Actions that Saved Family Treasures’

WHAT:           In celebration of the holidays, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum will be presenting a Facebook Live virtual event on family recipes rescued during the Holocaust and the heroic actions that saved those family treasures.The discussion is part of the Museum’s innovative Stay Connected series, which last month won a Shorty Social Good Award.


Rescued Recipes: Heroic Actions that Saved Family Treasures


In 1944, 12-year-old Steven Fenves and his family were forced from their home in Subotica, Yugoslavia, into a Jewish ghetto. While neighbors turned against them and looted their home, their former cook, Maris, rescued their treasured family artwork and recipes. These cherished items offer a glimpse into one family’s life before it was shattered by the Holocaust. Join Steven, a Holocaust survivor and Museum volunteer, and James Beard Award–winning Chef Alon Shaya for a conversation about family recipes and their connections to childhood memories and Holocaust history.


Topics that will be discussed:

Chef Alon Shaya, James Beard Award–winner, owner of Saba restaurant in New Orleans and Safta in Denver, will be joining us, as well as Holocaust survivor Steven Fenves, who will talk about how the family cook heroically saved the recipe book and other treasured items he thought were lost until they were returned after the war.

These recipes were not accessible to the general public before Chef Shaya discovered the book in the Museum’s collection. “As a chef … I want to cook food that has meaning and stories to it. I think that adds to what I love so much about food,” he said. When Shaya discovered that Fenves volunteers at the Museum, he reached out to him. Fenves translated 13 out of more than 140 recipes, including one for a walnut cream cake, so the chef could adapt them for today’s cooks.

Fenves will also describe how the Holocaust affected him and his family from the time Hungary occupied Yugoslavia in 1941, when he was ten years old, to surviving imprisonment at Auschwitz-Birkenau and Buchenwald before liberation in 1945.


For additional information: https://www.ushmm.org/online-calendar/event/VEFBSTAYCONRECIPES1220



WHO:             Featured panelists include:



Steven Fenves, Holocaust survivor and Museum volunteer.


Chef Alon Shaya, James Beard Award–winner, owner of Saba restaurant in New Orleans and Safta in Denver.



– Dr. Edna Friedberg, Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.



WHEN:           Wednesday, December 16, 6:30 a.m. PST



WHERE:        Facebook Live Series:


Watch live at facebook.com/holocaustmuseum.


A Facebook account is not required to view the program. After the live broadcast, the recording will be available to watch on demand on the Museum’s Facebook page.



COST:           Free.