Flora Singer Honored by School Board
Potomac resident and longtime teacher recognized for recently published book about surviving Nazi-occupied Belgium.
By Alex Scofield/The Almanac
August 29, 2007
“Flora: I was but a Child”

Flora Singer, a Potomac resident and longtime teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools, wrote “Flora: I was but a Child,” her memoir of growing up in Belgium during World War II.
“Flora: I was but a Child” was published by Yad Yashem and the Holocaust Survivorsí Memorial Project in June 2007. It is available, among other places, at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and on line at the museumís Web site. Visit www.ushmm.org and click on “Museum Shop,” then “Books,” then scroll down the list of books, which are sorted alphabetically by title.

Theodore McCarrick, former archbishop of the Washington Archdiocese, greets Potomac resident Flora Singer. McCarrick wrote the preface to Singer’s memoir, ‘Flora: I was but a Child,’ an account of her survival in Nazi-occupied Belgium. Singer, her mother and sisters took refuge for much of that time in a Catholic convent.


Holocaust Survivor Will Speak in Salem, Oregon
Weiner has been a speaker for more than 340 audiences in Oregon and Washington.

Holocaust Survivor Alter Weiner will speak at Loucks Auditorium in Salem September 11th. Photo courtesy: Salem Library

(SALEM, Ore.) – Alter Weiner’s personal Holocaust story began brutally – with the murder of his father on September 11th, 1939. On the anniversary of this wrenching event, Weiner will share that beginning and the firestorm of events that followed in a special presentation at Salem Public Library.


Thursday August 30, 2007

Inaptly titled book shows, once again, the long reach of the Holocaust

by howard selznick

This book’s title is a turn-off, as is the picture on the cover, which shows a child wailing and pulling her hair. You would be tempted to pass it by in a bookstore.

At first glance, “My Parents Went Through the Holocaust and All I Got Was This Lousy T-shirt” seems to make light of one of the world’s greatest evils with the wordplay common on vacation T-shirts. As it turns out, this work is the quintessential example of the cliché, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”



Holocaust survivor to speak at UUFH
Holocaust survivor Walter Ziffer, 77, will speak at 10 a.m. Sunday, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville, corner of Kanuga and Patterson roads. His subject will be “In Search of God.”

In 1941, at age 14, Ziffer and his family were departed to a concentration camp by the Nazis. They were liberated four years later by the Soviet Army. In 1948, Ziffer emigrated to the United States and earned graduate degrees in theology and New Testament studies and subsequently taught Biblical studies in theological seminaries in France, Belgium and the United States.


Lessons of the Holocaust By Ryan Seals
Staff Writer
Sunday, Sep. 2, 2007 3:00 am
GREENSBORO — Tucked in a hidden crawlspace in an attic in Warsaw, Poland, Stefanie Seltzer remembers the thundering of boots coming up the stairs and the fear it instilled in her young mind.

It was 1943. The boots belonged to two officers of the Gestapo, the German secret police, who were going house by house looking for Jews like 5-year-old Stefanie and the others hiding in that cramped space.

With their fate all but sealed, the adults started sobbing and screaming, forcing Stephanie and a young boy to crawl across their bodies — begging for silence and putting their small hands over their mouths.

“Please be quiet. You’ve always told us to be quiet,” Seltzer remember saying. “Please, we want to live. Don’t give us away.”

After a long silence, the officers left — “choosing not to hear.”

That was one of the many close calls Seltzer shared with more than two dozen people at the Hemphill Branch Library on Saturday as she recalled her childhood memories.





2 area residents among survivors featured in book
Posted by the Asbury Park Press on 09/2/07

“I have tried to keep memory alive . . . I have tried to fight those who would forget. Because if we forget, we are guilty, we are accomplices.”

That quote from Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel is at the end of “Holocaust: The Events and Their Impact on Real People” by Angela Gluck Wood, with Dan Stone as consultant. Perhaps, though, it should have been at the start, an immediate reminder of why — three-quarters of a century after the near-extermination of Jews in Europe began around 1933 — it is necessary to again recount what happened.

Many books have told of the slaughter of millions of Jews and others in the World War II era. “Holocaust,” in the book and on an accompanying DVD, tells it strikingly and memorably — so much so that this book and DVD would make an excellent — preferably a mandatory — teaching tool for middle and high school teachers.