Paddington Bear

Photograph: Felicity McCabe 63 years ago today on October 13, 1958, Paddington Bear first appeared in the children’s book: A Bear Called Paddington. Did you know that the beloved character was inspired by Jewish children who escaped the Holocaust on the Kindertransport? Creator Michael Bond (1926-2017) was motivated by his memories of […]

CONDOLENCES: Eddie Jaku

101 year old Holocaust survivor Eddie Jaku has passed away today. Born Abraham Jakubowicz on April 14, 1920 in Germany. After surviving Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps, Jaku later moved to Australia in the 1950’s. He was best known as the author of the inspirational book, “The Happiest Man on […]

Oskar Schindler

Oskar Schindler passed away on October 9, 1974. Pictured here are survivors saved by Schindler and people from the film “Schindler’s List” standing next to his grave in Jerusalem. He was responsible for saving the lives of some 1,200 Jews and was recognized as Righteous Among the Nations in 1993. […]

Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel. • September 30, 1928, born Eliezer Wiesel in Romania • May 1944, 15 year old Wiesel and his family deported to Auschwitz • 1945, SS units evacuate Auschwitz in January. Elie is liberated with the arrival of US troops in April • 1949, visits Jerusalem for the first […]

Joseph Garay

100 YEARS YOUNG. Happy Birthday to my Grandfather, Joseph Garay, on this incredible milestone. As a Holocaust Survivor, he rebuilt his life, raised a family and achieved his dreams. He is a remarkable individual and true hero to all of mankind. Many more years of great health and happiness. Source: […]

Leon Shear

Condolences: Leon Shear, 94Shear was born on February 15, 1927 in Bedzin, Poland. He was a survivor of five concentration camps during the Holocaust and liberated from Dachau. Early in life, Leon rarely spoke of the horrors he endured while imprisoned during World War II. Only after Leatrice Rabinsky convinced […]

Lilly Weiner-Bruml

98-year-old Holocaust survivor Lilly Weiner-Bruml met her great-grandniece, Anastasia Pixie, for the first time yesterday. Lilly was born in Trautenau, Czechoslovakia, and in 1942 her family was sent to the Theresienstadt ghetto. While in the ghetto, Lilly got an infection and was terribly malnourished. As a result, she was never […]

Henry Oster

Holocaust survivor Henry Oster z’l and high-schooler Drew Principe developed a special friendship after meeting at a school assembly. Henry shared his story of being deported from his home in Cologne, Germany to the Łódź ghetto just a few weeks before he was supposed to celebrate his bar mitzvah. The […]

Shaul Ladany

On September 5-6, 1972, 11 Israelis were killed in an attack known as the Munich Massacre. During the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, members of a Palestinian terrorist group stormed the Olympic Village, killing 2 members of the Israeli delegation, and taking 9 more hostage. One of the athletes present […]

Harry and Ilse

“These are my beautiful parents, Harry & Ilse. Both Holocaust Survivors but totally different survival stories. My father survived 6 concentration camps and lost his entire family. My mother and her family were saved thanks to incredible people who jeopardized their own lives to do the right thing. This picture […]

Righteous.

On August 30, 1942, pastor André Trocmé urged the congregants in his overflowing church to “Do the will of God, not of men”. When the deportations began in France in summer 1942, he urged his congregation to give shelter to any Jew who should ask for it. “These people came […]

Sarlotte “Shari” Garay

In honor of #NationalDogDay, here’s Holocaust survivor Sarlotte “Shari” Garay singing to her great-granddog Scooby. Born in Nové Zámky, Slovakia in 1921, Shari survived the horrors of Auschwitz. Today, Shari lives in San Francisco, where she recently celebrated her 100th birthday. Source: American Society for Yad Vashem @scoobysf

Reunited.

Tova Friedman, Sarah Ludwig, and Mike Bornstein are three of the children pictured in an iconic photograph taken by a Soviet soldier during the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp. The children can be seen showing the numbers tattooed on their arms. Here the three survivors can be seen holding […]

William Donat

“This is a picture of my mother holding my granddaughter, her great granddaughter. This was made possible by Maria and Stefan Magenheim because they made it possible for me to survive, and live to have grandchildren. The number is from Auscswhitz. My family refers to this picture as ‘Am Yisroel […]

Minia Gdanski

Our Grandma Minia Gdanski celebrated her 97th birthday in Fort Lee, NJ!! Minia Gdanski was born on July 20, 1924 in Bedzin, Poland. Minia was only 14 years old when the war broke out in 1939. When the Germans invaded Poland in 1939 Minia was terrified. Minia was put into […]

Curious George

Before becoming a children’s literary icon, Curious George fled Nazi Europe in the basket of a bicycle. His creators, H.A. and Margret Rey, were both German Jews living in Paris when the Nazis invaded France in 1940. With little to no escape options, the couple fled on two makeshift bikes […]

Happy 95th Birthday

3 sons. 16 grandchildren. 63+ GREAT grandchildren 2 GREAT GREAT grandchildren This is a woman who actually SAW Hitler when he marched down her street in Vienna. Now all she sees is Nachat. HAPPY 95TH BIRTHDAY, OMI!! Source: Risa Chopp

Leslie Kleinman

CONDOLENCES: Leslie KleinmanHolocaust survivor Leslie Kleinman z”l was born in 1929 in Ambud, Transylvania. When Leslie was 14, the Nazis invaded the region, arriving in his hometown on a Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath. A German soldier cut off his father’s beard, which was a terrible insult and humiliation for a […]

Tibi Ram

Meet Holocaust survivor Tibi (Ze’ev) Ram, one of only two people who has fought in all of Israel’s wars! Tibi was born in 1930 in the Carpathian Mountains and grew up in Hungary. In 1944, he was deported to Auschwitz with his entire family. He then spent nine months at […]

Margaret Newman

Shabbat Shalom from Holocaust survivor Margaret Newman. Margaret was born in the small city of Satu Mare in Northern Transylvania. In 1944, the Nazis and their collaborators liquidated the Satu Mare ghetto and transported the large Jewish community to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Margaret was selected for slave labor, but the rest of […]

David Dushman.

RIP David Dushman, the last surviving liberator of Auschwitz Concentration Camp.On January 27, 1945 he drove his Soviet Tank through the barbed wire electric fences surrounding the Nazi German Death Camp and helped liberate the prisoners inside. “Skeletons everywhere, they stumbled out of the barracks and lay among the dead. Terrible. […]

Azriel.

“This is my son Azriel Rifkin (left), who is named after my Grandfather Azriel Shnay Z”L (right), a Holocaust survivor. When my grandfather came to America to start a new life, he decided to go by ‘Allen’. He was proud to be a Jew, but he wanted to blend in […]

Simcha Helfman.

This is my grandfather, 102-years-old Simcha Helfman, (taking cover) while red alert sirens were heard in Herzliya last week. My grandfather survived the Holocaust by escaping from occupied Poland to Russia. He came to Israel after the war and raised a family. In 1953 he lost his brother who was […]

3 Friends.

Three friends, three numbers, three survivors. Fritz Steiner, Robert Bichler, and Yehuda Reich were all born in Slovakia and survived one of the last selections conducted at the children’s shed in Auschwitz-Birkenau. In September 1944, a transport of 2,500 Jews arrived at Auschwitz, including Fritz, Robert, and Yehuda. After numerous […]

Andrey Leontyev.

My name is Valerie Leon, the gentleman with the medals in the picture is my grandfather, Andrey Leontyev. Your post about Yeffim inspired me to reach out and tell you a little bit about this amazing man that I was/still am lucky to call my grandfather. He was 18 years […]

Yeffim (Chaim) Isakovich.

We came to congratulate 101 year old WWII hero in honor of Victory day (May 9th). “He’s not here” said his neighbor.“Did something happen to him?” I asked in a worried voice. “No, he just goes for a walk every day after lunch. You can look for him around the […]

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising began #OnThisDay, April 19, 1943. It was the largest act of resistance carried out by the Jews during the Holocaust and became a symbol of heroism in the face of desperation and death. Early that morning, German forces entered the ghetto with motorcycles, tanks, cannons, and […]

April 11, 1945

76 years ago today, April 11, 1945, the Buchenwald concentration camp was liberated by American forces. Pictured are survivors from Buchenwald at the Haifa Port on the way to the Atlit Detention Camp (July, 1945). The little boy holding the flag is Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, former Chief Rabbi of […]

Abraham Weiss

“This is my sweet grandpa Abraham Weiss wearing the prison camp uniform he was forced to wear as a teenager during the Holocaust in Auschwitz.. he lost his entire family because they were the ‘wrong race’ in someone else’s opinion, and miraculously avoided his own untimely death 9 times (!!!) […]

Beautiful.

My Grandma is super close to me. She is almost 100, a Holocaust survivor, and was recently discharged from the ICU into Hospice after surviving COVID-19. She is one of my favorite people on this planet and just being able to go to her house to visit her in person […]