Happy 100th Birthday Lena Goldstein

Lena Goldstein was a 20-year-old student when Nazi Germany invaded Poland in September 1939. Confined to the Warsaw Ghetto, where 400,000-plus Jews were forced to live, by early 1943 she was one of just 35,000 still alive. Last week, Lena celebrated her 100th birthday in Sydney Australia. #MazalTov Source: World […]

Yaakov Weksler: At 35 He Discovered He is Jewish, Today He Celebrates His Bar Mitzvah

Last week, Yaakov Weksler (b. 1943) had his Bar Mitzvah in the Yad Vashem Synagogue. A former Polish Catholic priest, Yaakov (formerly Romuald Waszkinel) discovered at age 35 that he was in fact the son of Jews killed in the Holocaust. In the hopes of saving their infant son’s life, […]

Eva Heller Recognized Herself in Holocaust Video

Eva Heller arrived at the Prague airport with her father, Ewald, and her brother, Holger, on January 12, 1939. She and 22 other children waved goodbye to their parents for the camera, then boarded a KLM plane bound for London on a Kindertransport organized by Sir Nicholas Winton. She would […]

4 Cousins and Great Grandsons to Holocaust Survivors Serve in the IDF

It’s Friday of Thanksgiving weekend and I’m in Israel, but not alone. I met up with the Nefesh B’Nefesh-FIDF Lone Soldiers, who also are not alone. There was one soldier in particular that I was fortunate to meet. Meir and Sarah Riebenfeld narrowly escaped Nazi Germany in 1936 to build […]

80 Years Ago Today: Kristallnacht night of terror, November 9-10, 1938

80 Years Ago Today: Kristallnacht night of terror, November 9-10, 1938, German mobs destroyed many vestiges of Jewish presence. A total of 1,350 Jewish synagogues were burnt to the ground or destroyed; 91 Jews were killed; 30,000 Jews were thrown into concentration camps; 7,000 Jewish businesses were destroyed; and thousands […]