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  • Adela Manheimer

    By Jane Ulman

    September 18, 2013 | 3:30 pm

    “Who wants to go home?” the SS soldiers asked the 500 women who had just been delivered to Grünberg/Schlesien, a forced labor subcamp of Gross-Rosen in Lower Silesia. Adela Manheimer, née Kestenberg, an only child who, in her words, was “naïve and upset and sick for my parents,”...

  • Betty Hyatt

    By Jane Ulman

    September 3, 2013 | 12:55 pm

    “Mommy, mommy.” Five-year-old Betty Hyatt, then Betty Prins, frightened by the unfamiliar low, rumbling noises in the sky, jumped out of bed and ran screaming for her mother. It was early morning on Friday, May 10, 1940, the day she and her father were planning to travel to Holland...

  • Max Stodel

    By Jane Ulman

    August 22, 2013 | 4:15 pm

    Rumors circulated through Amsterdam’s Jewish community that married men were exempt from labor camp duty. Max Stodel — then known as Mozes or Mauritz — submitted the paperwork necessary to marry his fiancée, Jeannette van Praag. But during the mandatory two-week waiting period, he...

  • Anne Samson, philanthropist, 66

    August 20, 2013 | 10:31 am

    Anne Samson (née Katz) was born in 1947 in a displaced persons camp in Salzburg, Austria. Her parents, Emil and Eva Katz, were Holocaust survivors from Hungary who lost most of their family members in Auschwitz, where Eva was a slave laborer. In 1949, Anne and her parents...

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  • Dorothy Greenstein

    By Jane Ulman

    August 7, 2013 | 2:16 pm

    Dorothy Greenstein — then Devorah Kirszenbaum — was upstairs in her family’s apartment in Otwock, Poland, preparing for her first day of third grade and coaxing her 2-year-old nephew to eat when suddenly the whole house shook. Bombs were falling. Dorothy grabbed the toddler and ran...

  • George Berci

    By Jane Ulman

    July 24, 2013 | 4:36 pm

    In October 1942, George Berci, then George Bleier, was ordered to report for forced labor. Along with 1,600 young men, the 21-year-old was transported from Budapest to a camp near Bereck, Hungary, near the Romanian border. During the day, in his assigned group of 400 men, George...

  • Sam Weiss, Holocaust survivor, 83

    July 24, 2013 | 3:25 pm

    In the early morning following Father's Day, Sam Weiss died after a long illness, surrounded by his family. One more Holocaust survivor whose voice is forever lost to the world, he was 83. He is survived by Margarita (Malke), his beloved wife of almost 56 years, his daughter Vivian...

  • Joseph Davis

    By Jane Ulman

    July 10, 2013 | 1:43 pm

    For three days and three nights, Joseph Davis — then Joseph Davidovich — rode in the crammed cattle car with his parents and six of his eight siblings. “We didn’t know where we were going,” he said. Finally the train pulled up to the Auschwitz platform. As the Jews were pushed from...

  • Robert Geminder

    By Jane Ulman

    June 26, 2013 | 4:40 pm

    In the early morning of Oct. 12, 1941, German authorities ordered the Jews of Stanislawow, Poland, to report to the town square. Six-year-old Robert (Bob) Geminder huddled there with his mother, grandmother and brother, George. The group of approximately 20,000 Jews was then...

  • Lidia Budgor

    By Jane Ulman

    June 13, 2013 | 11:22 am

    The cattle car pulled up to the Auschwitz platform. As the doors opened, German soldiers with guns and barking dogs began pushing out the more than 100 Jews arriving from the Lodz Ghetto. “Raus, raus,” they shouted, “Out, out.” Lidia Budgor — then Lola Gryngras — fell and cut her...

  • Students, survivors engage in righteous conversations

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 6, 2013 | 2:12 pm

    On a crisp, spring Thursday last April, Milken Community High School looked like a ghost town. The senior class had been dismissed until AP exams, and many were in Poland on March of the Living; the freshman were all on a class trip; a good chunk of the sophomore class was...

  • Charlotte Seeman

    By Jane Ulman

    May 29, 2013 | 4:18 pm

    Charlotte Seeman — then Charlotte Leiter — spotted the barbed-wire fence ahead. She and her companions — a young woman from Vienna as well as the woman’s boyfriend and uncle — climbed over and continued walking. It was a cold night in December 1938, and they had crossed the German...

  • The Power of Words

    By Beit T'shuvah

    May 29, 2013 | 2:59 pm

    By Inga Roizman

    Not to be redundant, but there is so much power in words. We speak SO much; we don’t always know what we are saying. Carefully choosing the words we speak reflects mindfulness elevated to a high art...

    So much research has been done related to the power of...

  • Eva Katz Brettler

    By Jane Ulman

    April 18, 2013 | 1:39 pm

    Arrow Cross soldiers banged on the front door. Eva Brettler, then Eva Katz, hid behind her grandmother as the soldiers, members of Hungary’s fascist party, ordered Eva’s grandmother and aunt to quickly pack and prepare to leave. “Chavelah, you have to listen and you have to hide,”...

  • Holocaust survivors say Israel must do more to help them

    April 3, 2013 | 1:12 pm

    Holocaust survivors living in Israel say the country isn't doing enough to help them, and some are resorting to skipping meals and medicine.

    In a poll released Wednesday ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom Hashoah, 92 percent of the 500 survivors surveyed said that Israel...

  • Lapid orders $13 million transferred to Holocaust survivors fund

    March 21, 2013 | 9:49 am

    Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid ordered the transfer of more than $13 million to a foundation to assist Holocaust survivors.

    Lapid in his first official order in his new position had the funds transferred to the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims. The money will...

  • Abe Rosenstein

    By Jane Ulman

    March 13, 2013 | 9:01 am

    "Abe, go. You’re young. You’re not afraid to work.” Bronia Rosenstein, Abe’s older sister, urged him to answer a call for strong, healthy men to work outside the Lodz ghetto. It was November 1940. Abe was 21 and for nine months he had been living in one small room with his parents,...

  • Harry Magid

    By Jane Ulman

    February 27, 2013 | 1:29 pm

    "The Jews are going to be taken from the ghetto and killed.” Harry Magid — known then as Herschel — urged his mother to escape with his younger brother, Alex. Harry had learned from a Ukrainian friend of his father that 300 horse-drawn wagons had been ordered to transport the...

  • My Ima, Peppi Feller

    January 30, 2013 | 3:47 pm

    עד שקמת אמא שקמת אם בישראל

    Three weeks ago my Ima passed away. She was a remarkable woman - determined, honest to a fault, principled, sharp witted, devoted, a fighter, a survivor. And she was an Ima like few others - investing every last bit of herself in me. On the night prior...

  • Surviving terror in two generations

    January 23, 2013 | 4:29 pm

    Auschwitz survivor Liza Zajac Novera — who goes by Lea — was on an anniversary cruise with her husband to Iguazu Falls in September 1977, when she got the call. Her sister-in-law told her that armed men had come to their apartment in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and had taken away her...

  • 67 years later, Holocaust survivor reunites with rescuer

    November 26, 2012 | 12:00 pm

    Even though 67 years had passed since they last saw each other, Wladyslawa Dudziak and Rozia Beiman reunited as if they hadn't missed a moment.

    Dudziak, 85, was flown to New York last week from Poland to meet with Beiman, whom she had saved from the Nazis more than a half-century...

  • Poster collection looted by Nazis to be auctioned

    November 5, 2012 | 10:15 am

    A collection of pre-World War II posters that were returned to the heir of a Jewish dentist who fled the Nazis is going on sale.

    The more than 4,300 posters collected by Hans Sachs and looted by the Nazis will be auctioned at Guernsey's in New York on Jan. 18, though the auction...

  • Comparing animal rights and the Holocaust

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 10, 2012 | 4:54 pm

    On Oct. 2, Alex Hershaft, a Holocaust survivor and founder of the nonprofit Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM), sat on the ground with some 100 other protesters in front of the Farmer John pig slaughterhouse in Vernon, Calif., blocking the entrance from two bi-level trucks carrying...

  • Surviving a Survivor

    October 10, 2012 | 4:24 pm

    It’s an age-old, common dilemma faced by adult children of aging parents: What is the right thing to do when those parents begin to lose their faculties? That theme is at the heart of “Surviving Mama,” by playwright Sonia Levitin, which opens Oct. 12 at the Edgemar Center for the...

  • Alex Friedman

    By Jane Ulman

    October 3, 2012 | 3:13 pm

    The train arrived at Dachau one morning in late November 1944. As the doors opened, German soldiers wielding big sticks yelled, “Raus, raus” (“Out, out”). Alex Friedman and the other Jewish prisoners exited, were marched toward the camp and, outside in the snow and cold, ordered to...

  • Regina Hirsch

    By Jane Ulman

    September 12, 2012 | 10:20 am

    “Leave your possessions. We will bring them to you,” a Jewish commando greeted the trainload of Jews arriving at Auschwitz. He pointed to Regina Landowicz’s mother: “Too old.” And to her sister Lillie: “Too young.” Sally, another sister, took scissors from her rucksack and quickly...

  • Eli Zborowski, founder of American Society for Yad Vashem, dies

    September 11, 2012 | 10:02 am

    Eli Zborowski, a Holocaust survivor who founded and served as the chairman of the American Society for Yad Vashem, has died.

    Zborowski,  who founded the society in 1981and served as its chairman until his death, died Monday in New York. He was 87.

    Zborowski was born in Zarki,...

  • Edith Frankie

    By Jane Ulman

    August 29, 2012 | 4:48 pm

    “Hey, you Jew. Open up the door.” It was 4 a.m. on a Sunday morning, just before Passover 1944, when two gendarmes in the village of Chiesd, Transylvania, banged on the door where 12-year-old Edith Izsak lived with her parents, three siblings and two young cousins. “Take all the...

  • Hedy Fingerman

    By Jane Ulman

    August 15, 2012 | 1:39 pm

    The cattle car doors opened onto the Auschwitz platform and Hedy Markowitz, abruptly separated from her mother and younger brothers, was pushed along a walkway. She was first detained at a building where two Jewish prisoners shaved her head, and was then ushered into another...

  • ‘Tree of Testimony’ showcases redemption, hope

    August 8, 2012 | 1:13 pm

    Ablack lattice of metal piping spreads in front of a dark, curved wall holding a large cluster of television screens. About 20 people stand or sit transfixed beneath this Tree of Testimony, watching the faces of about 70 Holocaust survivors as they laugh, cry, gesticulate and often...

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