Survivors mark Holocaust Memorial Day
By Sophia Fischer

The local Jewish community marked Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) earlier this week with ceremonies, candle-lighting and memories.

Holocaust survivors, including Joseph Neustadt of Calabasas and Dr. Erica Miller of Hidden Hills, shared their experiences. Miller also spoke at Temple Beth Haverim in Agoura Hills last Friday.

Joseph Neustadt

Neustadt is one of only 5 percent of the 80,000 Jews from Latvia to survive the Holocaust, and is the sole survivor of his family.

Neustadt, 78, had an idyllic early childhood with his brother and two sisters. He was 14 when the Germans invaded Latvia in 1941, burning down synagogues and killing the Jews hiding inside