Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo

Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo The Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo is a non-profit agency that educates the Western New York community on the lessons of the Holocaust.
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Founded in 1983, The Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo is committed to heightening public awareness, knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust. This is achieved through documentation and personal testimony of local holocaust survivors, through the education of future generations with in-school visits and presentations, and through a wide-range of in-service workshops, along with the distribution and loan of educational materials for teachers. Serving as a major resource of Holocaust materials, the Center offers over 500 books on the Holocaust and Holocaust-related topics, a complete videotape library including over 100 oral testimonies, current educational enrichment materials from around the world, a complete set of instructional materials prepared by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, poster sets for classroom use, and book boxes containing 30-40 books each on Holocaust-related topics selected for students in grades 6-12. Class sets of Night, Daniels Story, All But My Life, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Cage, Two Pounds of Sugar, The Survivor in Us All, and others are also available for teachers. The speakers Bureau of The Holocaust Resource Center includes local Holocaust Survivors who are volunteers. This program is available to Schools, Churches, Synagogues, organizations and businesses. A donation to the Holocaust Resource Center is suggested in honor of the speaker.

Mission: Teach the Lessons of the Holocaust. Remember the Events of the Holocaust. Honor the Survivors and Victims of the Holocaust.

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Thank you to the Jewish Discovery Center - Jewish Buffalo and HRC volunteers, Vilona Trachtenberg, Wendy Weisbrot, Marni...
12/10/2020

Thank you to the Jewish Discovery Center - Jewish Buffalo and HRC volunteers, Vilona Trachtenberg, Wendy Weisbrot, Marnie Benatovich Cerrato and Mary Lou Wyrobek for safely preparing and delivering Chanukah Boxes to 20 local Holocaust Survivors!

Happy Chanukah!

Last week, we piloted the Student to Student program in partnership with the Buffalo Jewish Teen Initiative and the Buff...
11/24/2020

Last week, we piloted the Student to Student program in partnership with the Buffalo Jewish Teen Initiative and the Buffalo Jewish Community Relations Council.

Six area Jewish teenagers presented to five classes at Hamburg High School about Judaism, the Holocaust, antisemitism and Israel.

Based on a national program, Student to Student uses peer-to-peer dialogue that strives to:
-reduce prejudice and bigotry
-foster understanding among peers
-train Jewish students to talk about their lives as Jewish teens
-facilitate discussions that dismantle antisemitism
-put a human face to Judaism

The Hamburg students asked great questions, including, “Can all of you speak Hebrew?” and “Is it difficult to keep kosher at restaurants?”

After the presentations, one of the Jewish teenagers reflected, “I really enjoyed talking to the students at Hamburg High School about some of my religious practices as a Jew. It strengthens Buffalo as a community!”

11/05/2020
"This Is Your Life, Hanna Bloch Kohner" 6 min version

REGISTER NOW for HRC's Kristallnacht Commemoration Event
featuring Julie Kohner
Monday, November 9, 2020
6:30 pm ET - 7:30 pm ET

Julie Kohner, CEO of Voice of the Generations, will share her mother’s powerful and unique experience of being the first Holocaust Survivor to share her story on national television on an episode of This Is Your Life in 1953.

On this TV show, the host would surprise celebrities and take them through a review of their own lives in front of an audience, while bringing out friends and family along the way.

Watch a short clip of the episode here!

This virtual event is free and open to the public.

REGISTER HERE: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScx0Od6VG_gabAmZ801nyQZxMnVwmyJ3p8iafs5_sP-S1vVPA/viewform

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Descendants of Holocaust Survivors living in Buffalo—Please join us for our first meeting next Wednesday, October 21st a...
10/13/2020

Descendants of Holocaust Survivors living in Buffalo—

Please join us for our first meeting next Wednesday, October 21st at 7pm over Zoom!

Email Elizabeth Schram at [email protected] for more information.

Before Yom Kippur started Sunday evening, we gathered at the Holocaust memorial in Old Brith Shalom Cemetery to honor th...
09/29/2020

Before Yom Kippur started Sunday evening, we gathered at the Holocaust memorial in Old Brith Shalom Cemetery to honor the lives of the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Community members read names of those who perished and reflected on the lives of those who survived.

We are grateful that Rabbi Adam J. Rosenbaum of Temple Beth Tzedek led this meaningful ceremony.

Read more about it here on WBFO: https://news.wbfo.org/post/holy-yom-kippur-begins-locally-holocaust-remembrance

For many centuries, Jewish people have upheld the tradition of visiting the gravesites of loved ones between the holiday...
09/23/2020

For many centuries, Jewish people have upheld the tradition of visiting the gravesites of loved ones between the holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Please join us in upholding this tradition to commemorate and honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

Open to people of all faiths!

Masks will be required.

The service will also be accessible via Zoom.

Register here to receive the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe2X7_fTpMuD6aeJ9Mdr7_Nwjq3yhCdii1IZEkqEaK-HWR0Iw/viewform

Thrilled to deliver Rosh Hashanah baskets and meals to 20 of our local Holocaust survivors today! This really was a comm...
09/17/2020

Thrilled to deliver Rosh Hashanah baskets and meals to 20 of our local Holocaust survivors today!

This really was a community effort. Thank you Renee Weinrieb, Pieter Weinrieb, Chani Labkovski, Rabbi Laizer Labkovski, Vilona Trachtenberg, Ann Marie Carosella, Jeffrey Blum, Wendy Weisbrot, Rebecca Greene, Randi Morkisz, Shira Goldberg, Nina Lukin, Ellen Scheer Lippa, Jane Elberg, Nichole Rabb-Mittner Weinstein, Rebecca Greene, Jamie Shear Potash, Jennifer Arora, Jennifer Abra, Kay Kelly, Dan Zawierucha, Cristy Lyn Torrelli and Yehoshua & Brocha Leah Greenberg!

Shana Tova! 🍏 🍯🍎

"In New York, for example, which ranked among the bottom 10 states in an analysis of Holocaust knowledge, nearly 20% of ...
09/16/2020
Almost two-thirds of millennials, Gen Z don't know that 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, survey finds

"In New York, for example, which ranked among the bottom 10 states in an analysis of Holocaust knowledge, nearly 20% of millennials and Gen Zers incorrectly believe that Jews caused the Holocaust."

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/09/16/holocaust-history-millennials-gen-z-cant-name-concentration-camps/5792448002/

An alarming new survey on Holocaust knowledge also found that almost two-thirds of younger Americans don't know that six millions Jews were killed.

We are deeply saddened to share that local Holocaust Survivor Bertha Frank passed away earlier this month at the age of ...
09/08/2020

We are deeply saddened to share that local Holocaust Survivor Bertha Frank passed away earlier this month at the age of 99.

Bertha was born in Munich, Germany in 1920. In an interview conducted by The Buffalo News, she recalled, "Once Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass) happened on November 9, 1938, it got really dangerous. I had to quit school and we couldn't go out anymore. Then we moved into an apartment with other Jews, because Jewish people couldn't live in the complex where we had lived."

Bertha was able to flee Nazi Germany in 1940 since her best friend’s brother was an SS officer who arranged for her to go to South America. She later immigrated to the United States and became a cherished wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Click here to read Bertha's obituary- https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/bertha-frank-1080007820

The HRC will ensure that her legacy will live on forever; may her memory always be a blessing.

Photo courtesy of The Buffalo News

"Educators should work with young people to present the facts and stories but also teach and discuss how to commemorate ...
08/28/2020
TikTok Holocaust trend 'hurtful and offensive,' says Auschwitz museum

"Educators should work with young people to present the facts and stories but also teach and discuss how to commemorate [the Holocaust] in a meaningful and respectful way."

https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/27/tech/auschwitz-tiktok-trend-scli-intl/index.html

The Auschwitz Memorial has criticized a trend on TikTok in which young people portray themselves as victims of the Holocaust, saying the videos can be "hurtful and offensive."

Join us tonight at 7:00pm ET for a virtual panel discussion about the film, Witness Theater!Panelists include:-Sophia Ve...
08/04/2020
BIJFF Witness Theater Panel Discussion

Join us tonight at 7:00pm ET for a virtual panel discussion about the film, Witness Theater!

Panelists include:
-Sophia Veffer (Holocaust Survivor)
-Lily Bink (2nd Generation Survivor)
-Dr. Nurit Fischer Shemer (3rd Generation Survivor)
-Dr. Drew Kahn (SUNY Distinguished Service Professor and Founding Director, Anne Frank Project, SUNY Buffalo State)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDn6PC0oOpk

Join the BIJFF and panelist from HRC for a discussion on the film Witness Theater.

This morning, we had the honor of presenting the 2020 Toby Ticktin Back Education and Excellence Award to Lori Ann !!! N...
07/24/2020

This morning, we had the honor of presenting the 2020 Toby Ticktin Back Education and Excellence Award to Lori Ann !!!

Named after the founder of the HRC, this award is given to an educator that demonstrates excellence in teaching the Holocaust and other human rights issues.

Lori is so deserving of this award!

Thank you to everyone that joined the call and helped make this happen!

We love you Lori!

On July 10th, DeSean Jackson met with 94-year-old Holocaust Survivor, Edward Mosberg. Jackson wrote, “Thank you Mr. Mosb...
07/17/2020

On July 10th, DeSean Jackson met with 94-year-old Holocaust Survivor, Edward Mosberg.

Jackson wrote, “Thank you Mr. Mosberg for your valuable time and insight today. I’m taking this time to continue with educating myself and bridging the gap between different cultures, communities and religions. LOVE 2 ALL!!! TO BE CONTINUED...”

Attention: WNY High School StudentsRegistration is OPEN for the Academy for Human Rights 2020 Summer Symposium!
06/18/2020

Attention: WNY High School Students

Registration is OPEN for the Academy for Human Rights 2020 Summer Symposium!

Registration for the 13th Annual Summer Symposium is open!

The Summer Symposium (formerly the Summer Institute for Human Rights and Genocide Studies) is open to all Western New York high school students interested in being the solution to today’s environmental, social, and humanitarian problems.

This year’s program, Women’s Rights are Human Rights, will be held on-line, July 13 - 17 via secure Zoom video conferencing. We are commemorating the centennial passage of the 19th Amendment that provided American women the right to vote. Participants will explore the pressing issues facing women today, along with sessions on combating racism and living under COVID-19.

Explore this year’s program and register here: http://www.academyforhumanrights.org/

06/14/2020
We Are Here: A Celebration of Resilience, Resistance, and Hope

This special concert event commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and the 77th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, even as it speaks to the challenges of the current moment.

Please visit https://wearehere.live to support the organizers - Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, Sing For Hope, and National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene.

We are deeply saddened to share that local Holocaust Survivor Philip Beckman died from Covid-19 on June 2, 2020. He was ...
06/11/2020
He survived the Holocaust, but Covid-19 took Buffalo man's life

We are deeply saddened to share that local Holocaust Survivor Philip Beckman died from Covid-19 on June 2, 2020. He was 95 years old.

Philip was born in Krakow, Poland on November 6, 1924. He was forced to live in the Krakow Ghetto and was then sent to Plaszow Labor Camp. In 1944 he was transported to Mauthausen Concentration Camp and sub-camp Linz. Philip survived a Death March to caves where the Nazis intended to bury the men. That was thwarted by the advancing American Army. He was eventually liberated in Austria by the US Armed Forces in 1945.

Following liberation, Philip joined other Survivors and Italian repatriates that crossed into Italy. He met his future wife, Marta Roth (also a Survivor), in an Italian DP camp. In 1947 they married in Bari, Italy. In 1950 they were finally allowed to immigrate to America. In Bremerhaven, Germany they boarded the New York City bound naval ship, the General Hersey. Passengers were required to work on the ship. They arrived in New York City during Rosh Hashanah. After Rosh Hashanah, Marta and Philip continued to Buffalo.

Philip is survived by his daughters, Melissa C. Beckman (Alex Goldman), Debbie Beckman (the late Jay Boyar) and grandson Evan Boyar.

We are very thankful that he was interviewed by the USC Shoah Foundation on April 17, 1996 in Buffalo, NY.

May his memory be a blessing.

https://buffalonews.com/2020/06/11/he-survived-the-holocaust-but-covid-19-took-buffalo-mans-life/

Philip Beckman survived the Holocaust, forced at age 18 from the Krakow ghetto to the Nazi concentration camp featured in the movie

We’re teaming up with 60 museums and cultural institutions around the world to present a free program celebrating #resil...
06/09/2020
WEAREHERE.LIVE

We’re teaming up with 60 museums and cultural institutions around the world to present a free program celebrating #resilience, #resistance, and #hope featuring Tiffany Haddish, Whoopi Goldberg, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Adrien Brody and more!

Join us this Sunday at 2:00pm EST by clicking this link: www.WeAreHere.live.

No registration required!

   A Celebration of Resilience, Resistance and Hope Tune in here on Sunday, June 14, 202011 AM California |2 PM NYC7 PM London | 9 PM IsraelFree – No Registration RequireA collaboration between Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the HolocaustNational Yiddish Theatre-FolksbieneSin...

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." -Martin Luther King Jr. The Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo...
06/01/2020

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." -Martin Luther King Jr.

The Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo condemns the murder of George Floyd. We stand with the African American community during this time and we will continue our mission to promote social justice, civic responsibility and human rights.

“The best way to prevent an atrocity like the Holocaust from occurring again is through education. … Through education, ...
05/15/2020
Never Again Education Act passes Senate, goes to Trump for expected signature

“The best way to prevent an atrocity like the Holocaust from occurring again is through education. … Through education, we can provide insight into the past, and use it to prevent antisemitism now.”

The legislation, which comes in Jewish American Heritage Month, would expand the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s education programming to teachers nationwide.The post Never Again Education Act passes Senate, goes to

Today, April 21, 2020 is Holocaust Remembrance Day/Yom HaShoah. During this commemoration, marked by the 75th anniversar...
04/21/2020

Today, April 21, 2020 is Holocaust Remembrance Day/Yom HaShoah.

During this commemoration, marked by the 75th anniversary of liberation, we mourn the loss of all who perished, honor those who survived and take time to remember and reflect.

Read or watch local Holocaust Survivor testimony here: http://www.hrcbuffalo.org/survivors-1

04/21/2020
Dr. Nurit Fischer-Shemer: "We are the Voice of Memory" Holocaust Commemoration Keynote Speaker

Today, April 21, 2020 is Holocaust Remembrance Day/ Yom HaShoah.

During this commemoration, marked by the 75th anniversary of liberation, we mourn the loss of all who perished, honor those who survived and take time to remember and reflect.

A professor of social work at the University at Buffalo, member of HRC's Speakers Bureau and grandchild of Holocaust survivors, Dr. Nurit Fischer-Shemer talks about the importance of children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors sharing their family stories.

"We are the voice of memory": Holocaust Commemoration Ceremony, CHAI, Rochester NY, 2019.

Teachers: If you would like Dr. Nurit Fischer-Shemer to schedule a Q&A session with your students over zoom, please email HRC Director, Elizabeth Schram at [email protected].

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zfb71VzhyP4

"We are the voice of memory": Holocaust Commemoration Ceremony, CHAI, Rochester NY, 2019. A social welfare scholar and grandchild of Holocaust survivors, Dr....

04/21/2020
Yom HaShoah Candles and Kaddish

Today, April 21, 2020 is Holocaust Remembrance Day/Yom HaShoah.

During this commemoration, marked by the 75th anniversary of liberation, we mourn the loss of all who perished, honor those who survived and take time to remember and reflect.

In this video, Rabbi Freirich of Temple Beth Zion recites Elie Wiesel's Mourner's Kaddish while lighting six candles to commemorate the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A6o6ji2430&feature=youtu.be

We would like to thank Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz for issuing the Executive Proclamation #Honoring the #Days o...
04/19/2020

We would like to thank Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz for issuing the Executive Proclamation #Honoring the #Days of #Remembrance 2020:

Today, April 19- Sunday, April 26

On Tuesday, April 21, HRC will commemorate #Holocaust #Remembrance #Day- #Yom #HaShoah with videos of Rabbi Jonathan Freirich of Temple Beth Zion and Dr. Nurit Fischer-Shemer of the University at Buffalo & Member of HRC’s Speakers Bureau.

Be sure to check your email, HRC’s website or page on Tuesday!

04/07/2020
Chhange - Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education

April is #Genocide #Awareness #Month and today marks the 26th Anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

Thank you, Yannick Tona, for sharing your story of survival and Chhange - Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education for featuring Yannick’s story.

Chhange commemorates the 26th anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda with our Kwibuka 26 event featuring Yannick Tona, who survived the Genocide as a young child.

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Remembering Gilbert Mazuz za"l Dec. 9, 1942 – Death of Gilbert Mazuz, za”l, shot in Nazi-occupied Vichy Tunisia, in The Shoah in France: The First Round Up of the Jews in Nazi-occupied Vichy Tunisia. Context: Today, it is difficult to visualize the three Arab North African Arab countries of Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco as part of France, and the persecution of the Jews there as part of the Shoah in France, as correctly described by Yad Vashem’s academic advisor Yehuda Bauer in his book The Holocaust. The fact is that “France” was, and still is, a transcontinental empire nation consisting of metropolitan France (la Metropole), located in continental France, and its oversea empire called “Overseas France” (France d’Outre-Mer; that’s why France in German is called Frankreich). Thus, during the Shoah, the close-by French territories in North Africa, called “France on the other side of the Mediterranean,” were part of Europe, a political imperial Europe. And Hitler defined Europe as “the European nations and their colonies.” The European Holocaust Research Infrastructure appropriately states the Holocaust occurred in “Europe, including the North African colonies.” And it is INCORRECT to write and talk about “the Shoah in North Africa,” BUT one must write: THE. SHOAH IN FRANCE, INCLUSIVE OF THE JEWS IN FRANCE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MEDITERRANEAN, in Vichy Tunisia, Vichy Algeria, and Vichy Morocco. Indeed, following the 1940 French-German armistice during World War II and the Shoah in France, Field-Marshal Henri-Philippe Pétain, the head of the new French Vichy regime, governed the southern part of France in continental Europe (metropolitan Vichy), and French North Africa as the unoccupied territories of Vichy Tunisia, Vichy Algeria, and Vichy Morocco, while most of the northern part of Metropolitan/continental France came under direct German military administration. Yad Vashem and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum acknowledge that French North Africa was an integral part of Vichy France. Therefore, during the Shoah in France, 700,000 Jews (300,000 in metropolitan France and 400,000 in Vichy North Africa) came under the German sphere of influence, because Pétain decided to collaborate with Hitler. “In the name of France and state antisemitism,” and to solve “the Jewish question,” collaborationist Pétain enacted two antisemitic Statut des Juifs (October 1940 and June 1941) to be applicable, de facto and de jure, not only in metropolitan France, but also in Vichy Tunisia, Vichy Algeria, and Vichy Morocco. Persecuted by the same pro-Nazi ruler, the Vichy Jews living on France’s both sides of the Mediterranean Sea suffered the same fate. They were identified, counted, ostracized, isolated, systematically discriminated, objectified, incarcerated, diabolized and deprived of their civil rights and property – the preparatory measures that laid the foundation for an annihilation. The bureaucracy and the machinery to implement the “Final Solution” were set for them. – one people, one destiny. Ahdut am, ahdut goral. On November 8, 1942, Operation Torch began, to open a second front in the European theater of the war, at the request of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. US and British forces, led by American General Dwight D. Eisenhower, supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe, landed on the beaches of of the French territories of Vichy Morocco and Vichy Algeria. Eisenhower wrote the story in his memoir Crusade in Europe. The Allies successfully fought against Vichy France forces. On November 10, they started to advance toward Tunis, in order to invade Italy and continue to Nazi Germany. But, the Allied landings during Operation Torch triggered the simultaneous invasion of Vichy metropolitan France and Vichy Tunisia by Hitler’s forces, on November 10 and 9, respectively. An Einsatzkommando unit (an SS task force, a unit of the Einsatzgruppen mobile killing squads in charge of annihilating Jews) led by SS commander Walter Rauff, who was responsible for the murder of Jews in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe using mobile gas vans, also entered Tunis, prepared to continue to implement the “Final Solution,” started by Vichy France. He was empowered to “take executive measures against the civilian population” – Nazi jargon for robbery, murder and enslavement.” During its six months of occupation, the ruthless Nazi regime forced the creation of local Judenrat, and imposed antisemitic policies, including fines, confiscation of property and the forced wearing of the yellow badge (Star of David) by Jews, especially in Mahdia, Nabeul, Sousse and Sfax. About 5,000 Jews were sent to more than 30 forced labor camps. ON DECEMBER 9, a German soldier shot in cold blood the first Shoah victim, Gilbert Mazuz, a young handicapped man who couldn’t anymore march to the slave labor camp. At its Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names, where it records the Shoah victims, Yad Vashem has a Page of Testimony for him. In May 13, 1943, the Allies involved in Operation Torch liberated the 100,0 00 Jews of Nazi-occupied Vichy Tunisia where about 700 are known to have died. So, like the Jews of Denmark, who were evacuated to neutral Sweden, a total of about 100,000 Vichy Jews were spared the deadly mass deportations that took place in the rest of Nazi-occupied Europe, because of Operation Torch. Today, the Jews of the French protectorates of Tunisia and Morocco, and of the three departments of French Algeria, who suffered during Nazi occupation of France, receive Holocaust compensation payments, just as the Jews of mainland France do. Edith Shaked, a specialist of the Shoah in France. She is a member of the advisory board of H-Holocaust, an international academic consortium/H-Net’s network for scholars of the Holocaust.
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This One-of-a-kind book begins with a grandson/grandfather interview and goes through the full life experience of two Holocaust Survivors. Available in paperback, Kindle, Kindle Unlimited. Here's a summary; My grandparents, Jack and Genia Grinbaum, managed to Survive and Thrive under the most cruel of circumstances. Born in Poland in the 1920's they were on their way to a hard-working and fulfilling family-oriented lives. While Anti-Semitic rhetoric and actions were a part of day-to-day life in their Polish villages, their families had lives that were filled with meaning and purpose. And then came the Holocaust. Grandpa Jack lost his mother, his father, two brothers and countless other family members and friends. He survived the Miechow Ghetto, several Concentration Camps (escaping twice, once from Plaszow, the Camp shown in Schindler's List) and another near death experience at a Pogrom in Kelce, Poland. While this would have been enough to break most men, Grandpa Jack survived...and then he thrived. While in Kelce he married Genia, went to another Displaced Persons Camp (Regensberg) and found a way to enter Belgium illegally and use his tailoring skills to impress enough people to be granted a Green Card. He paid for his wife, her only surviving sister and her new husband to join him in Belgium. Success, on a grand scale, was just around the corner for Grandpa Jack, first in Belgium and then in the United States. It was an unusual, inspiring journey for Milwaukee, Wisconsin's premier retailer of men's formal wear. My Grandma Genia was a partner through it all. She came from a religious family in Maczki, just outside of Sosnoweic, Poland. She witnessed the murder of her parents and four of her sisters. She also lost her brother in Auschwitz. Grandma Genia suvived well over four years of pure hell, almost all of it at Parschnitz Concentration Camp. While she re--united with her only surviving sister and a few distant cousins, her life was destroyed. While Grandma Genia had moments of happiness and joy after the war, the PTSD symptoms and bi-polar symptoms would haunt her until she would pass away. Grandma Genia was a true angel who suffered through unspeakable horrors that go beyond description. Despite living with a heavy heart, she raised a daughter and had two grandchildren and was the most wonderful, kindest human being that I have ever known. This book begins with a grandson/grandfather interview. This was primarily taken from my 2011 interview with Grandpa Jack but pieces were also taken from previous interviews in the late 1980's, 1990's and one from 2009. The Grinbaum's were incredibly generous to share these experience with me so that others could learn about the good and the unspeakably evil that lurks in human souls. This book then has inspirational, funny stories about the Grinbaums as well as some suggestions for what "we" should do to carry on the Legacy. There are interviews with people who knew the Grinbaums before the war, dozens and dozens of pictures and much more. This book will leave you inspired and help you gain a new perspective of "what's possible" in both good and bad ways. Whether you are new to the study of the Holocaust or whether you have read a lot of books on this topic, this book will provide you with a unique perspective, knowledge of time period and a sense of the Survivor-Spirit.
Hi I am a writer from western NY (Attica). Last year a young man asked me ‘what’s the Holocaust?’ I was stunned of course so I wrote the book ‘This is Mauthausen’ for those with little knowledge of the Holocaust. The S W Center (E. Zuroff) and Yad Vashem were key in answering some key questions for me. I am working on 2 projects now one on the 72 Olympics and the other on camp Madjanek and am seeking to expand my contacts…peace Rob
Handel Educators with Megan Chabalowski Program Officer, Public Education, U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington D.C.