Oct 10th, 2010. 2:00 p.m.
Hera Becker shocks the world by revealing a family secret in her book, My Cousin Killed Hitler, about Russian Marshal Georgi Zhukov. On Sunday, October 10th, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the Museum, Hera Becker will entertain and reveal what you do not know about World War II. Just when everyone thought they knew to whom they owed their present ability to live their life free from Nazi Fascism, facts become known that will require you to rethink the very premises and values by which you live.
The author learned about two years ago that she was the fourth cousin of the great Soviet Marshal, Georgi Zhukov. This Russian career officer, the most decorated general in the history of both Russia and the Soviet Union, played a pivotal role in leading the Red Army through much of Eastern Europe to liberate the Soviet Union and other nations from the Nazis and conquer Berlin. Zhukov, who hid the fact that he was a Jew, was the first to liberate a concentration camp (Majdanek) in July 1944 and ordered the liberation of Auschwitz.
My Cousin Killed Hitler takes the reader through the contents in the truthful memoir of Marshal Zhukov, as his daughter attempts to evade capture by the Soviet secret police in their efforts to censor the role of this great hero on the command of Stalin. Will his daughter be successful in fulfilling his deathbed wish of releasing his memoir to the world or will his incredible story be lost forever?
General (and later President) Dwight D. Eisenhower said to the United Nations in 1945 “to no one man do the United Nations owe a greater debt than to Marshal Georgi Zhukov for the defeat of Nazi Fascism.” As Zhukov was approaching Hitler’s bunker in Berlin to drag Hitler’s body through the streets of Moscow, Hitler said that he would have ruled the world if he had a general like Zhukov. Hitler committed suicide, rather than be captured by Zhukov. Stalin, in his jealousy of Marshal Zhukov’s popularity with the Soviet people shortly after the war, sent Zhukov off into obscurity and had him written out of the history books.
Hera Jaclyn Becker was born in 1985 and raised in south Florida, where she currently resides. She earned her M.B.A. at 21 years of age from the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship. Hera has been commended in articles by the Florida Education Association and the National Education Association for her business development that benefits children. Her screenplay based on this book has recently received praise from top agencies and producers in Hollywood, California. Currently, Hera continues her study as a doctoral student.
The Jewish Museum of Florida on South Beach is housed in two adjacent lovingly restored historic buildings that were once synagogues for Miami Beach’s first Jewish congregation. The focal point of the Museum is its core exhibit MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida: 1763 to the Present and temporary history and art exhibits that change periodically. Currently on display is Florida Jews in the Military through January 2,2011 and Lox With Black Beans & Rice: Portraits of Cuban Jews in South Florida through September 26, 2010. Last Days of the Four Seasons: Holocaust Survivors Live a Full Life in the Catskills opens October 5. A Collections & Research Center, several films, Timeline Wall of Jewish history, Museum Store and Bessie’s Bistro for snacks complete the experience for visitors of all ages and backgrounds.
Jewish Museum of Florida
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Miami Beach, FL 33139