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 […]

Marcel Marceau

Did you know that world-famous mime artist Marcel Marceau saved the lives of Jewish children during WWII? Marcel (né Mangel) was born 98 years ago, #OnThisDay March 22, 1923 to a Jewish family in Strasbourg, France. He and his brother Alain joined the French Resistance and changed their last name […]

Dr. George Berci

Happy 100th birthday to surgical pioneer and #HolocaustSurvivor Dr. George Berci! Dr. Berci still comes in to work at #CedarsSinai each day and credits work with keeping his mind active. “For the past 100 years, I get up very early,” says Dr. Berci. “I go through what I need to do for the day, […]

Jewish Star

Throughout my dads time in the ghetto and camps he managed to hide this in his shoe/boots. It was made for him for his bar mitzvah in Hungary. After the war ended he still managed to keep it with him. When he came to the states and soon after met […]

Benjamin Ferencz

Happy 101st Birthday to Mr. Benjamin Ferencz, the last surviving prosecutor from the Nuremberg trials. Born on March 11, 1920 to a Jewish family in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania, Ben Ferencz moved with his family to America when he was ten months old. After graduating Harvard Law School in 1943, he […]

Reunited.

“It’s like someone has given me a gift. It’s, it makes my whole life perfect,” said Betty Grebenschikoff after finding her childhood best friend who she last saw when she was 9 in 1939. Friends Ana María Wahrenberg and Betty Grebenschikoff we’re inseparable attending school and ballet together. Both fled […]

Happy 101st Birthday Malka

Happy 101st birthday to Holocaust survivor Malka Zajc! Malka is the Hebrew word for Queen. Born on February 28, 1920 in Ciechanów, Poland, Malka survived the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising as well as the Majdanek, Auschwitz, Ravensbrück, and Malchow concentration camps. After the war, she made a life for herself in […]

Olga Neuman

Remembering that special moment when a Holocaust survivor holds her great-grandson’s hand for the first time. Olga Neuman was born in Curtuiusul-Mare, Romania in 1929. During the war, she was forced into the Baia Mare ghetto before being deported to Auschwitz in 1944. When the camp was liberated in January […]

Bonne Maman

Incident in a NJ Supermarket – tweet yesterday by Michael Perino @ProfessorPerino“ At the supermarket today, I found a small, elderly woman standing in front of a high shelf holding Bonne Maman preserves. She was having trouble finding the flavor she wanted because the jars were set back on the […]

Shoshana Ovitz

CONDOLENCES: Shoshana Ovitz Shoshana Ovitz was born in 1915 and she miraculously survived Auschwitz. After the war, she met her husband Dov, who lost his wife & children in the concentration camps. Together, they moved to Haifa, Israel where she worked as a tailor and helped her husband in his […]

Lili and Leon Levy

“They were just teenagers when they met. Through the barbed wire. In the concentration camp. They had nothing when they married. Hardly any family left.Hardly any clothing of their own. Little food. No money. Today my grandparents celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary. They often hold hands, although they claim it’s […]

Happy 95th Birthday

Happy Birthday to my beautiful grandma who is 95 years young today! When she was 18 years old she was in Auschwitz and all of her friends said, “we are going to heaven from here,” and she said, “you can go to heaven, I am going home from here.” 77 years […]

Renewal of Life

Today is Tu Bishvat, the Jewish “New Year of the Trees.” Trees, symbolic of the renewal of life, have been planted at Yad Vashem in honor of non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. But among the thousands of trees planted in the Garden of the […]

70+ Years Later

Tova Friedman, Sarah Ludwig, and Mike Bornstein are three of the children pictured in an iconic photograph from the liberation of Auschwitz on January 27th, 1945. Here the three survivors are seen holding that image together over 70 years later in the United States. Source: American Society for Yad Vashem

Nat Ross

“My Poppy was born in Pultusk, Poland in 1922. He survived Nazi ghettos, forced labor camps and 2+ years in Auschwitz. He turns 99 in March. His wits and positive outlook have never faded… and neither has that number on his left arm marking him as Prisoner 143499.” – Dana […]

Steve Ross

Holocaust survivor Steve Ross (né Szmulek Rozental) was born in 1931 near Łódź, Poland. He spent five years in ten different concentration camps, including Budzyń, Auschwitz, and Dachau. He survived medical experiments, starvation, sexual abuse, and brutal beatings on a daily basis. When Ross was liberated from Dachau in April […]

David “Dugo” Leitner

Every year on January 18th, Holocaust survivor David “Dugo” Leitner invites everyone to eat falafel with him and hold up a sign that says “Am Yisrael Chai.” Why does he do this? It’s his private revenge. Born in Nyieregyhaza, Hungary in 1930, Dugo was just 14 when the Nazis invaded […]

Yosef Kleinman

On December 31st, United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Linor Attias was given the honor of vaccinating a very special person, Yosef Kleinman. Kleinman is a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor and was one of the prosecution’s witnesses in the Eichmann trial. When Kleinman arrived at the vaccinating booth, he had a lot to […]

The Bluefelds

#MazalTov to Edith and Lou Bluefeld! The Boca Raton residents and Baltimore natives, met when they were 16 years old. Lou celebrated his 100th birthday this past weekend, Edith turns 100 in August and next month the couple will mark their 80th wedding anniversary! Photo: Boca West Country Club

Zay-D Sings to Great-Grandchild

Happy 98th Birthday to Holocaust survivor and Bal Harbor, Florida’s famous Zay-D! Irving Hoine (Yitzchak Leib Ben Chai Perel) was born in Warsaw, Poland. He, along with his father and brother, escaped the Warsaw Ghetto, while his mother and sisters sadly met their fate at the concentration camps. Throughout his […]

Agnes Keleti

Happy 100th Birthday to Ágnes Keleti, Holocaust survivor and world champion gymnast! Born in Budapest in 1921, Keleti (née Klein) was the Hungarian National Champion in gymnastics by age 16. But in 1941, she was expelled from her gymnastics club due to her religion and was forced to go into […]

Pola Israelski Kligerman

Mazel tov to Holocaust survivor Pola Israelski Kligerman who celebrated her 100th birthday this week! Pola (née Koper) was born on December 25, 1920 in Białobrzegi, Poland. During the war, she was interned in both the Majdanek and Auschwitz concentration camps. Against all odds, she survived the Shoah and built […]

Simon Wiesenthal

Simon Wiesenthal, born December 31, 1908. “One day Simon called and said that he would like to celebrate his 90th birthday with a few friends in Vienna. I asked him where he would like to celebrate.He said, ‘I have one unfulfilled wish, to have a party at the Imperial Hotel.’ […]

Samuel Beller

Holocaust survivor Samuel Beller was born in 1927 in the Polish town of Oświęcim, also known as the location of the Auschwitz concentration camp. He was in several slave labor camps, ghettos, and sent on a death march before being liberated by American troops. Samuel was the only member of […]

Andor Stern

An unspeakable emotion lighting Chanukah candles with beloved Holocaust survivor Andor Stern. When I came across his arm that lit the candles was the same tattooed by Hitler, I realized that this is our revenge, we didn’t fight with tanks and guns, but rather, spreading light, love and kindness to […]

Chanukah 1932

Chanukah 1932″It was on a Friday afternoon right before Shabbat that this photo was taken. My grandmother realized that this was a historic photo, and she wrote on the back of the photo that ‘their flag wishes to see the death of Judah, but Judah will always survive, and our […]

Paddington

Did you know that the beloved character Paddington Bear was inspired by Jewish children who escaped the Holocaust on the Kindertransport? Creator Michael Bond (1926-2017) was motivated by his memories of children arriving at London’s Reading station during WWII. These young refugees each carried a small suitcase and wore labels […]

Rosa Schwartz

“It was a bitter cold day in Brooklyn, NY just a few years back – 2012. I saw an older woman waiting at the bus stop and pulled over to give her a ride. She didn’t want to burden me, but I insisted that she was doing me a favor. […]