It’s been over a month since the devastating October 7th attack on Israel, the deadliest day for Jews since the Holocaust where terrorists committed atrocities said to be reminiscent of those during the Holocaust itself. Our hearts and minds continue to be with Israel and all those affected. We recognize that it’s more important than ever to come together as a community, so join us for our evening with video game creator and director Luc Bernard.

Luc will tell us about his newest release, the Voices of the Forgotten Museum, a virtual Holocaust museum within Fortnite, which tells the stories of heroes who saved Jewish lives during the Holocaust and the Jewish members of the Resistance. In conversation with Romy Oltuski, an executive editor at Forbes, he’ll discuss creating the museum within Fortnite, how he is revolutionizing Holocaust education, the antisemitism he’s faced, and why it is so important that we continue to share these stories.

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Luc Bernard
Video Game Creator and Director

Luc Bernard is a French Jewish video game creator and director. Known for his game A Light in the Darkness, which has received rave reviews across the globe, Luc is changing the way people view video games and Jewish history. With an insight on Jewish culture and a realism that has never been seen with in a game, A Light in the Darkness tells a moving story of a fictional family of Polish Jews caught up in the Holocaust in France. The game has gone on to be dubbed in different languages around the world. Luc’s most recent accomplishment is the inclusion of his game into gaming juggernaut Epics Fortnite, changing the way people play and watch video games. 

Born in France and raised in poverty between France and the UK by his grandmother, Luc knew there was more for himself and his Jewish culture. By 16 he was making games and had his sights set on the American Dream. He went from living in France to living in Los Angeles, persuing his gaming career. Known as a thought leader and a disrupter in the space, Luc wanted to do things his way: he self-financed his passion, believing he had a duty to share the stories of the 6 million Jews and who they were as people, not just what their death was. Luc released the game for free — and the game has seen massive success. The Economist said, “It makes for sobering gameplay, though that’s the point. Bernard wanted to show that for Jews survival was just a matter of luck. He hopes that his creation will be used as a teaching resource for young people for years to come.” Luc is represented by UTA and lives in Los Angeles.


Romy Oltuski
Executive Editor, Forbes

Romy Oltuski is an executive editor at Forbes and was previously the features director of InStyle. She’s published work in The New York Times, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle, and interviewed changemakers from Katie Couric and Stacey Abrams to Misty Copeland and Tina Fey. Romy is a graduate of Tufts University and the Columbia Publishing Course, and is completing an M.F.A. in creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College.


Chair: Steven Murray
Vice Chairs: Ali Goldfarb & Becky Snyder

Committee: Darcy Adler, Gila Akselrad, Dana Albalancy, Michelle Bernstein, Natasha Birnbaum, Olivia Briffault, Miles Bronstein, Maryam Chishti, Clara Citron, Ali Deutsch, Cory Doliner, Jacob Elyachar, Briana Engelberg, Alex Friedlander, Emile Garon, Daniel Geary, Alexandra Gluckman, Ali Goldfarb, Craig Goldwasser, Allison Gorokhovsky, Alanna Greco, Alyssa Harstein, Marissa Heringer, Joshua Housman, Natalya Izquierdo, Aerin Kalmans, Lauren Kann, Rebecca Kann, Koryn Kessler, Rachel Kleinhandler, Sophie Kleinhandler, Caleb Koffler, Erica Kornbluh, Charles Lederer, Adina Lichtman, Jordan Loev, Abigail Major, Susie Meller, Seth Moreida, Claire Moskowitz, Steven Murray, Lauren Newcorn, Romy Oltuski, Rebecca Prager, Ashley Roket, Adam Searles, Jonah Silverman, Molly Skoff, Rebecca Snyder, Yaffa Solemanzadeh, Alana Steinberg, Kara Studwell, Phil Tafet, Emma Teitelbaum, Ali Trachtenberg, Adrian Varga, David Wachs, Robin Weiss, Michelle Wexler, Steven Wilf, Alyssa Wolf


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