Holocaust; Cumberland Heights; Chagall

Dru Smith | GCA News

Holocaust: History Professor Robert Evins Pickard noted many students in his Nashville Community College class had little knowledge of the Holocaust. Six million Jews perished 72 years ago in that massacre resulting from actions in WWII sanctioned and carried out in and around Nazi Germany.

Pickard invited Holocaust survivor Frances Hahn, who was a hidden Jewish child during World War II, to speak of her experiences to his class. She survived because her parents, Cyla and Shlomo Hahn, hid her as a toddler in a Paris Catholic children’s home. In 1942, her mother, pregnant with her sibling, died in the Auschwitz concentration camp. Four years later, her father died from combat wounds due to his service in the French resistance.


Professor Robert Evins Pickard introduced Holocaust survivor Frances Hahn to his history class. – photo by Dru Smith

Two years after the war ended in 1945, Hahn was a refugee to the United States where she lived with her aunt and uncle in Philadelphia.     She had to learn to be Jewish after her origins were hidden from her many years for her protection. Today, she lives in Nashville where she devotes much of her time to public speaking, sharing her story before Jewish and other audiences.

About a dozen survivors of the Holocaust live in Nashville.  For more information email Executive Director Danielle Kahane-Kaminsky of the Tennessee Holocaust Commission at danielle.kahane-kaminsky@vanderbilt.edu.

Holocaust survivor Frances Haun (red blouse, left) with part of the history class from Nashville State Community College.  - photo by Dru S

Holocaust survivor Frances Haun (red blouse, left) with part of the history class from Nashville State Community College. – photo by Dru S

Cumberland Heights: Cumberland Heights Friends installed their leaders recently including Fay McFarlin, Betsy Dunbar, Jennifer Threadgill, Mary Allen and Melody Dwyer.

Founding President Dottie Threadgill began Cumberland Heights Friends 34 years ago to raise funds to enhance the addiction treatment facility. The group has raised over a half million dollars for food service and to build a meditation walk on the grounds of the facility.

The mission of the Cumberland Heights Treatment Center is to transform lives, giving hope and healing to those whom addiction has affected. Cumberland Heights offers state-of-the-art facilities for drug and alcohol treatment. For the last half century, Cumberland Heights Treatment Center has been quietly saving lives and helping make families whole again.

Nashville businessman Robert Crichton, Sr. had to seek treatment for his alcoholism many miles away from Nashville. Inspired to bring treatment closer to home, Crichton called on his friend, the prominent Nashville physician Thomas F. Frist, Sr., to help him create the Cumberland Heights Foundation.

Chagall: St. George Episcopal Church is displaying Marc Chagall’s religious lithographs and etchings through January 7. The display is open to the public in the church located at 4715 Harding Pike in Nashville. Call (615) 385-2150 for further information.

The Chagall’s religious art is on loan from Sandra Bowden who is a prominent collector of American sacred art which she makes available to churches, schools, and universities across the country.  Bowden is a painter and printmaker and a founding member of Christians in the Visual Arts and has been active in the leadership of the Museum of Biblical Art in New York City.

Contact Drucilla Smith at drucillasmith@outlook.com