Dear Holocaust Survivors, Children and Grandchildren of Survivors, Colleagues, and Friends,

I am delighted to announce that Leslie Kornreich has joined the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Office of Survivor Affairs/Speakers Bureau as our new Program Assistant.  Leslie’s e-mail address is lkornreich@ushmm.org.  Her telephone number is 202.479.9732.  If you are in the Museum, you can find Leslie in Cubicle 271 in the Ross Administrative Center.

Leslie will be working with all aspects of our program within the Museum and will be very involved in our outreach to Holocaust Survivor, descendant generation, and related groups and institutions in Washington, D.C., and throughout the U.S. 

Leslie comes to Survivor Affairs from her position as Program Assistant in the Museum’s Committee on Conscience.  She graduated magna cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in History. Her focus was the study of modern Central Europe and the Holocaust. Prior to working at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Leslie was a program fellow at “PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Valuesâ€?. She is the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors.

Leslie has written a very eloquent self-introduction which I am happy to include in this mailing.   You’ll see, through Leslie’s thoughtful and very moving words, why we are so happy that she is part of our office.  We look forward to the many wonderful contributions Leslie will bring to this program, and to our relationships with all of you, as we move into the future.

 

Please contact us anytime with thoughts or questions….we are always happy to hear from you!

 

Warmest regards,  Ellen Blalock

 

Greetings!  My name is Leslie Kornreich and I am honored to be the new program assistant for Survivor Affairs/Speakers Bureau.  The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has been extremely important to me since the morning of April 22, 1993 when I stood outside for the Museum’s dedication, in the rain, holding a hand on either side of me.  The hand to my right was forced to produce bullets for the German army in Ravensbreuck.  It also fertilized the fields of the Majdanek concentration camp.  Exactly 50 years earlier, the hand to my left threw maletov cocktails during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.  It then spent 19 months in Auschwitz transporting human ash from the crematoria to large marshy pits.  After those 19 months, it collected snow from the ground as sustenance on a death march from Auschwitz to Dachau during the unforgiving winter of 1945.  The hand to my right was my grandmother’s – Frieda Radasky.  The hand to my left was Solomon Radasky’s – my grandfather.  Being present for the opening of the Museum with my survivor grandparents was an event that not only meant a great deal to my family, but one that affected and inspired me to this day. 

Academically, my undergraduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis focused on the history of modern central Europe and the Holocaust, and I spent my Junior year abroad in Prague studying this history firsthand.  For the last two years, I have been working as the program assistant for the Museum’s Committee on Conscience where I was able to dedicate my professional life to ensuring that nothing similar to the horrors which my grandparents endured ever recurred.  Today, the Committee on Conscience’s work is as vital and urgent as ever as we remain responsive to crises like that which are occurring in Darfur, Sudan.  Prior to working at the Museum, I was a program fellow at PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values.

I cannot tell you all how fortunate I feel to be in a position to learn from you, and to continue to be inspired by your strength and dedication to this institution.

All the best,

Leslie