• The Holocaust Survivor Who Hated Anne Frank

    The last Holocaust survivor died last week. Well, Trudy (not her real name) wasn’t literally the last survivor – though that day is not far off. But she was my last Holocaust survivor, the last one I knew as a genuine friend, not as a congregant, or a colleague, or

  • Calling from the darkness: Music written by Holocaust victims recorded in new album

    From behind barbed wire and prison walls, as they watched friends and family members be sent to their deaths and wondered if they would ever be free, the inmates of Theresienstadt concentration camp composed music. Also know as Terezin, the Holocaust prison camp was situated northwest of Prague in what

  • Second-generation Holocaust survivors discover living relatives

    Second-generation Holocaust survivors met their relatives in Jerusalem for the first time on Tuesday, having discovered they still had surviving family thanks to Yad Vashem. Siblings Fania Bilkai and Gennadi Band thought their entire extended family had been murdered in the Holocaust until earlier this year, when Fania found a

  • Second Generation Challenges

    Marilyn Sinclair stood in front of a packed Toronto conference room a few weeks ago and told the 200 people gathered there, “We were the children with no grandparents. We had walls with no family pictures.” By the time she got to “we secretly wished we had parents who wore

  • ‘My survival journey’: Holocaust survivor Irene Miller

    **This story has been corrected to say the name of Miller’s memoir is “Into No Man’s Land” and Miller and her family left the Siberian labor camp after the war ended and she and her sister went to an orphanage after the war. Not one of the of nearly 70 members

  • How I Reunited My Holocaust Survivor Father With His Long Lost Neighbor

    Jerzy “Jurek” Skarżyński had been up half the night. The next day he was going to meet the daughter and grandson of a Jewish man who once lived in Uchanie, his home village, and his mind would not slow down. Jurek, a Polish Christian, had not spoken to an Uchanie

  • Students learn from survivors

    Miami-Dade College students were inspired by courageous stories that Holocaust survivors shared with them in round table discussions. This took place at MDC‘s North Campus during a recent Student Awareness Day presented by the Holocaust Documentation & Education Center (HDEC). There were 130 students who heard discussions from approximately 13

  • Holocaust survivors’ 3D project preserves testimony for the future

    Steven Frank, 81, sits in a red leather button-back armchair, answering questions from schoolchildren. “What was the first thing that made you smile after the Holocaust?” A cup of tea made with sweetened condensed milk, says Frank; it was “nectar from the gods”. Another asks: can you forgive? Frank says:

  • Holocaust jacket found at tag sale leads to a life story

    The blue and grey stripes struck Jillian Eisman like a lightning bolt. She was rummaging through a packed closet during a Long Island tag sale when she immediately recognized the symbol of horror and hate: a jacket worn by a prisoner at the Nazi Dachau concentration camp during World War

  • Honoring Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust Witness Who Kept a Memory Alive

    Five months after his death, Elie Wiesel’s family gathered in DC on Wednesday with prominent political figures from the writer and Nobel laureate’s adopted country to honor his contributions to Jewish history and memory. Mr. Wiesel was born in Romania, survived the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps and spent considerable time