Holocaust survivor feels obligated to share story

Staff Writer
DAYTONA BEACH — Many Holocaust survivors were once reluctant to share their experiences, but now feel obligated as they become fewer in number.

Asia Doliner is among them.

Asia Doliner, 85, shares the story of how she survived the Holocaust but lost her family members. She moved to Daytona Beach in 1947.

The free event is set for 7 p.m. Sunday at Temple Israel, 1400 S. Peninsula Drive, Daytona Beach.

· Lauren Miller, 14, will present her 10-minute documentary called “Triumph and Tragedy in the Holocaust.”

· The eighth-grader at Hinson Middle School took first place at the Volusia County social studies fair. She will take it to a state competition in May.

· Lauren interviewed Elizabeth Jerger, a Holocaust survivor in Port Orange. The daughter of Mark and Jackie Miller of Port Orange, Lauren also downloaded many Holocaust images from the Internet. She warns it’s heavy material.

Did you know?
After filming “Schindler’s List” in 1994, Steven Spielberg established Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation to document the experiences of Holocaust survivors.

· The testimonies, averaging 2½ hours in length, feature a survivor speaking about life before, during and after the Holocaust.

· The foundation collected nearly 52,000 testimonies from 56 countries in a span of six years at an average cost of $2,000 per interview.

· No longer conducting interviews, resources are now being directed toward providing access to the information. On-site access is offered at the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Institute’s Visual History Archive in Los Angeles and at selected institutions worldwide.

— Compiled by News Researcher Janice Cahill

SOURCE: USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education

“For the first 20 years after the war, we didn’t speak about it at all except to friends and family members,” said Doliner, 85, a Holocaust survivor.

“It was too painful. Then (writer and educator) Elie Wiesel made us aware. We have to speak out, otherwise it will be forgotten and repeated.”