“My great aunt Bella Ehrlich Korn was born in 1934. A month before her 5th birthday, she fled Poland with her family and endured a hard life living in the woods in Siberia and then Kazakhstan.”

“After the war she returned with her family to Poland in 1946 for a brief period before moving to a DP camp in Kassel, Germany for a few years. In December 1949 the family made their way to America on a ship named the Henselman and arrived at night on […]

“Today we were walking up Amsterdam Ave. after having brunch with two delicious alumni. Soon we realized that we needed to get back to our apartment to prepare for an alumnus’ wedding this evening.”

Shortly after getting ourselves seated in the back of a taxi, we noticed that the driver was an older, white woman. Unusual. She soon asked where we were from. First we replied Boston and then added Brooklyn. “Where in Brooklyn?” she asked. “Crown Heights?” “Yes,” we replied. “You are Lubavitchers. […]

“Today at JFK airport, I met Max Glauben, an 89 year old man from Dallas, Texas who survived six concentration camps during the Holocaust.”

“On this year’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, Max is going on his twelveth March of the Living International trip, an annual educational tour through Poland and Israel, sharing his story with thousands of participants from all over the world. On his jacket he listed all the years he participated on March […]

“I lived in Poland, so we were persecuted from the first day of the war. First they took us from our home, then they put us in a ghetto, then they made us march, then they sent us to the camps.”

“I was separated from everyone, but my brother later told me that my father froze to death. But I have children now, and grandchildren, and great grandchildren– a great big family, all of them educated. Look at everything that came from just one person who escaped. Just goes to show […]

“I emigrated from Liberia at the age of eighteen, and a lovely Jewish family took me in and helped fund my education.”

“Their names were Anne and William Rothenberg. They had never even met me before. But they allowed me to live with them and introduced me to everyone as their daughter. They would never explain beyond that—it was always just ‘our daughter.’ It was so fun to see the confusion on […]

“A photographer from the New York Daily News captured this photo of my grandmother, carrying my 11-month-old mother and her twin sister, on the day they arrived in New York after leaving Europe in July 1949.”

“My grandparents, Leon and Lodja Bloch, both Holocaust survivors originally from Poland, met and married in Germany after being liberated from the camps. A photographer from the New York Daily News captured this photo of my grandmother, carrying my 11-month-old mother and her twin sister, on the day they arrived […]

“I will never forget Sammy Erez , the man who made sure that I didn’t not go into the inferno on 9-11, and grabbed my fathers helmet, and swore to me “Zvi, I will bring him back to you alive, I swear” – and he did.”

“So it is 9-11, and I am trying to reflect. First the miracle that my father, may he live and be well, survived the collapse of the tower, and the fact that he survived the first attack on the WTC in 1993 as well. Second, is the fact that I […]