• Hermina Hirsch, 89, fulfills longtime dream at Rays-Tigers game

    An 89-year-old Holocaust survivor has fulfilled her longtime wish to sing the United States national anthem at a Major League Baseball game. Hermina Hirsch sang Saturday at Comerica Park in Detroit before theTigers played Tampa Bay. Hermina Hirsch reportedly has been a Tigers fan since she moved to the Detroit

  • Holocaust survivor revisits his nightmare to help young people understand what happened

    Marcel Zielinski’s early childhood memories involve people clamouring to avoid incineration in the Nazi death camps of his native Poland during the Second World War. But for every person who escaped that horrible fate, he witnessed hundreds of others who were shot, beaten, hanged or gunned down in mass executions

  • Holocaust survivors put human face on dark chapter in history

    Holocaust survivor Max Epstein was a teenager when his father and most of his extended family perished in the Lodz Ghetto of Poland. Epstein, who now lives in Highland Park, grew up as an only child in a prosperous Polish home. His father was a lumber businessman from a long

  • Harrowing story of the Holocaust survivors still fighting for a dignified life 75 years on

    Children behind a barbed wire fence at the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz The sun is going down when they appear, small figures sidling between the closing stalls in the market place where the traders are dumping the day’s unsold wares. As piles of cabbage and potatoes mount on the

  • The book that kept them together – despite the Holocaust

    As a Dutch Jewish couple hiding separately from the Nazis, Emmanuel Joels and Hetty van Son were literally drawn together by a comic book of Emmanuel’s romantic invention. After narrowly avoiding deportation to Auschwitz thanks to a policeman’s tip, the young couple spent 2 1/2 years living less than a

  • Humor and the Holocaust? Documentary explores the boundaries of comedy and tragedy

    Is it inappropriate to joke about the Holocaust? Is it acceptable to make fun of slavery? Can we find humor in topics like cancer and AIDS? Is it too soon to crack wise about 9/11? These are some of the questions raised by “The Last Laugh,” director Ferne Pearlstein’s thoughtful,

  • Survivors project to save Holocaust stories

    As years pass, first-hand accounts of Holocaust survivors are disappearing. An initiative at Carleton University hopes to preserve the oral histories of Ottawa-area survivors and is looking to crowd-fund the $7,500 it needs to get the cameras rolling. Bruce Deachman reports. Judy Young-Drache was only a year old in the

  • At special Seder, Holocaust survivors entrust stories of endurance to the young [photos]

    In the run up to the Passover holiday, Jewish Family and Children’s Services designed a dinner to help the next generation learn about the Holocaust from those who survived it. Fifteen-year-old Olivia Gusdorff didn’t mind the abridged Haggadah, or that grape juice substituted for wine — she was there for

  • Holocaust survivor shares experiences with students

    A room full of junior high school students sat and listened attentively while Leah Goltzman shared her childhood story. The 78-year-old Holocaust survivor told about 130 Banquete Junior High School students at the Jewish Community Center to never take freedom for granted. Their eyes widened as the Poland native talked

  • Imre Kertesz, Nobel Laureate Who Survived Holocaust, Dies at 86

    Imre Kertesz, a Nobel laureate who was acclaimed for his semi-autobiographical novels on surviving the Holocaust and its aftermath, died on Thursday at his home in Budapest. He was 86. His death was confirmed by Krisztian Nyary, the head of Magveto Publishing, which publishes Mr. Kertesz’s works in his native