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 […]

Sarah Lichtsztejn-Montard

On July 16, 1942, the French police began a mass roundup of foreign Jews living in Paris and its surrounding suburbs. Over the course of two days, more than 13,000 Jews were arrested and held in the Vélodrome d’Hiver (Winter Stadium) before being shipped off to concentration camps. Sarah Lichtsztejn-Montard […]

Video of Anne Frank

July 22 1941. The girl next door is getting married. Anne Frank is leaning out of the window of her house in Amsterdam to get a good look at the bride and groom. It is the only time Anne Frank has ever been captured on film. At the time of […]

Rabbi Lau

Born in Piotrków, Poland in 1937, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau was deported to a slave labor camp in Częstochowa, and from there to the Buchenwald concentration camp. At only 8 years old, little “Lolek” had already experienced and witnessed more suffering and depravity than any human being should ever have […]

Yukiko and Chiune Sugihara

#OnThisDay Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara and his wife Yukiko spent 18-20 hours a day writing and signing transit visas by hand in Lithuania for more than 6,000 Jews for 29 days from July 31 to August 28, 1940.When it was time for them to depart, Sugihara said, “Please forgive me. I […]

Jewish Community of Rhodes, Greece

This week marks 76 years since the destruction of the Jewish community of Rhodes, Greece (then Italy). In July 1944, more than 1,600 Jews living on the Mediterranean island were rounded up and deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Only 151 of them survived. Sami Modiano is one of those survivors. Born and […]

Gene Meisner

Happy 100th Birthday to Holocaust survivor Gene Meisner! Born in Poland on July 21, 1920, Gene Sadorkiewicz Meisner survived the Łódź Ghetto and multiple concentration camps, including Ravensbrück. After the war, she was miraculously reunited with her husband Sam and the two made their way to the United States. Gene […]

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 a […]

Alice Adamek

Holocaust survivor Alice Adamek (née Herman) was born on February 1, 1926 in Bunkovce, Czechoslovakia. Alice and her family were taken from their home to the Uzhgorod Ghetto on the first day of Passover in 1944. They were deported to Auschwitz on Shavuot and Alice’s parents were gassed immediately upon […]

Francine Christophe

Holocaust survivor Francine Christophe was born in Paris on August 18, 1933. While attempting to flee the Nazis in 1942, Francine and her mother Marcelle were arrested and eventually deported to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1944. Marcelle kept two small pieces of chocolate for her daughter to use when […]

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 time• 1956, Wiesel’s first […]

Rubino Romeo Salmoni

‘Life is Beautiful’, the beloved movie and winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, was inspired by Holocaust survivor Rubino Romeo Salmoni. Director Roberto Benigni read Rubino’s book, ‘In the End, I Beat Hitler’, based on his experiences as a survivor of Auschwitz, which inspired the magnificent […]

Marcel Marceau

Did you know that world-famous mime artist Marcel Marceau was a Holocaust survivor and saved the lives of Jewish children? Marcel (né Mangel) was born to a Jewish family in Strasbourg, France on March 22, 1923. When the Nazis invaded France, Marcel and his family fled to Limoges. His mother […]

Happy 101st Birthday

Happy birthday to Mrs. Devorah (Dora) Appel, who just turned 101.Born in 1919 in Mszana Dolna Poland, her teen years were unfortunately spent within the horrors of several Concentration camps.Alone in the world after WWII, she found herself in a nearby village next to Auschwitz, at the mercy of a […]

Victor “Young” Perez

Victor “Young” Perez was born in the Jewish quarter of Tunis, Tunisia in 1911. A talented boxer, Perez travelled to Paris at age 17 to pursue his dream of becoming a world champion. He became the World Flyweight Champion in both 1931 and 1932, making him the youngest world champion […]

70th Wedding Anniversary.

Holocaust survivor Ben Lesser was born in Krakow, Poland in 1928. During the war, he survived multiple ghettos, concentration camps, a death march from Auschwitz to Buchenwald, and a death train to Dachau. Shortly after making his way to the United States, Ben met the beautiful Jean Singer. The couple […]

Julia Wallach.

Happy 95th birthday to Holocaust survivor Julia Wallach!! Julia was born in Paris, France on June 14, 1925. Nazi troops entered the city on that same day in 1940. Julia hid with her father until they were arrested in 1943 and sent to the Drancy internment camp. She survived Auschwitz-Birkenau […]

Arnold Clevs.

“After surviving the Holocaust, to see Israel Defense Forces soldiers standing by my side here in Israel is so moving. I am so happy and proud to be home.”87-year-old Arnold Clevs was greeted last week by IDF soldiers after fulfilling his lifelong dream of immigrating to Israel.Welcome home, Arnold. Source: Israel Defense Forces

Sir Nicholas Winton

Sir Nicholas Winton was born #OnThisDay, May 19, 1909.In 1939, a young British stockbroker named Nicholas Winton saved 669 Jewish kids from Czechoslovakia during the Holocaust by providing them safe passage to Britain.He never spoke of what he did and it remained a secret for fifty years until his wife discovered […]

Shari Garay

Because everyone could use a smile right now: Here is Holocaust survivor Shari Garay with her great-granddog Scooby. ❤️ Born in Nové Zámky, Slovakia in 1921, Shari survived the horrors of Auschwitz. Today, she lives in San Francisco where she will be celebrating her 99th birthday this month. Source:  @scoobysf @yadvashemusa

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 that H.A. […]

The Danube

During WWII, Jews in Budapest were brought to the edge of the Danube, ordered to remove their shoes, and shot, falling into the water below. 60 pairs of iron shoes now line the river’s bank, a ghostly memorial to the victims. ‘Shoes on the Danube Promenade’ by Can Togay and Gyula […]

Martin Greenfield.

Meet Holocaust survivor and master tailor Martin Greenfield. Born in Pavlovo, Czechoslovakia in 1928, Martin was taken from his home at age 15. His family was sent to Auschwitz where his parents and siblings were all murdered. Martin was later transferred to Buchenwald where he was liberated by the U.S. Army in […]

Happy Birthday Saul!

Please help me wish Saul Dreier a very Happy and Healthy 95th Birthday!! ???? Saul is a 95 year old Holocaust survivor currently celebrating at home alone in Florida. He would be SO thrilled to see birthday comments and well wishes. #HappyBirthdaySaul 

Ruth Won.

During the Holocaust, Ruth was deported by the Nazis to Auschwitz. She jumped from the train car and avoided the gas chambers. She then joined the partisans and fought the Nazis. Ruth is now 97 years old. Her granddaughter Opal is an officer in the Israel Defense Forces.Ruth won. Source: Israel Defense […]