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. […]

November 16, 1940

80 years ago today: November 16th, 1940 Germans closed off the Warsaw Ghetto to the outside world. The Warsaw Ghetto was the largest of all the Jewish ghettos in Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II. It was established by the German Governor-General Hans Frank between October and November 16, 1940, […]

#Kristallnacht

Last year, to commemorate the anniversary of #Kristallnacht, the night of the broken glass, and in memory of the Holocaust, one of the biggest soccer teams in Brazil SC Corinthians Paulista sends a powerful message in solidarity with the Jewish community and Israel.All the seats in the stadium and the […]

Esther Klein

This is my mother 96 year old Auschwitz survivor Esther Klein. Just a typical day for her, keeping busy baking rugelach, cheese delkelach, apple struble and challah. All on her own (she lives alone). She admitted that she sat while rolling the rugelach! Oh my! Source: Fran Ganz

Who Knew: Tony Bennet Captured Nazis

Who knew! Legendary American jazz singer Tony Bennett captured Nazis and liberated a concentration camp. Drafted into the Army in 1944, Cpl. Bennett was assigned to the 255th Infantry Regiment of the 63rd Division. His team moved through France into Germany, where they fought on the front lines. They captured SS […]

Julius Eisenstein turns 101

This past Tuesday, Holocaust survivor Julius Eisenstein celebrated his 101st birthday! Julius was born on October 13, 1919 in Tomoszów Mazowiecki, Poland. He and his family were forced to live in the Jewish ghetto of their town from 1940-1943. From there, Julius was transported to the Blizin Labor Camp and […]

Irving Light

This is my grandfather, Irving Light (born Israel Lichtenberg) from Stanislaw, Poland. He is 100 years old and is a Holocaust survivor. The baby in this photo is four weeks old and is Irving’s 17th great-granddaughter that he is meeting for the first time. Source: Danielle Light-Hasbani

Oskar Schindler passed away October 9, 1974

Oskar Schindler passed away 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. Today, […]

Leon Sherman

Holocaust survivor Leon Sherman holds the lulav and etrog as he recites the blessings in front of his home in Queens, NY. In an effort to bring the traditions of #Sukkotto those isolated by the coronavirus, Rabbi @EliBlokh built a mobile sukkah and has been making house calls throughout the weeklong festival. […]

Sally Dauman

This is Sally Dauman visiting her father’s grave for the first time, during the 2017 International March of the Living.Sally was blonde, very small, and German looking when she was a child, so while she and her family were in the Lodz ghetto, she would go under the fence, act like […]

Yehoshua Datsinger

Holocaust survivor Yehoshua Datsinger places Tefillin on his arm above his Auschwitz identification number tattoo during a morning prayer at a synagogue in Bnei Brak on Monday. The synagogue is currently limited to 20 people at a time to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Source: American Society for Yad […]

Shana Tova from Saul Dreier

Shana Tova from Holocaust survivor Saul Dreier! Born in Kraków, Poland, Saul was the only member of his immediate family to survive the Shoah. He survived the Kraków ghetto and several concentration camps, including Plaszów, Auschwitz, Mauthausen, and Linz. After the war, Saul was sent to a DP camp in […]

Rivka Kahana

Holocaust survivor Rivka Kahana z’l with her grandchildren, Gil and Roni. When Rivka (née Greenwald) arrived at Auschwitz in the spring of 1944, she was tattooed with the number A-7762. She stood in line just behind her sisters, Leah and Esther, and thus all three women were scorched with consecutive […]

Helen Platt

“They weren’t allowed to take anything with them when the Nazis came and took them out of their homes. My grandma was first moved to a ghetto where they had her making leather gloves and boots. She managed to steal a few leather scraps and make this heart, where she […]

Pastor André Trocmé

On this day, 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 […]

Osher Lehmann

“My incredible Dad, Osher Lehmann. 87 years young and on top of his game. Dad was liberated from Bergen Belsen at the age of 10-1/2. An orphan with no parents. Daddy did it all. Taught himself his entire bar mitzva parsha because in the first and second grades the Dutch […]

Miriam Schreiber

Mazel tov to Holocaust survivor Miriam Schreiber on receiving an honorary diploma from NEJA New England Jewish Academy last Sunday! Miriam, who was only 7 years old when the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, was never able to receive a formal education because of the war. Her family fled their small village […]