Rabbi Menachem Bornstein
Marion Blumenthal Lazan
Renee Firestone
Regina Gutman Spiegel
Erica Herz Van Adelsberg
Ann Klein
Dr. Henri Parens
Joseph Taler
Gerda Weisman Klein

Survivor tells students about her darkest days

By JUSTIN STORY, The Daily News, jstory@bgdailynews.com
Saturday, October 27, 2007 12:15 AM CDT
BROWNSVILLE — Ann Klein has a hoarse voice and small build, but her story of survival ensured a commanding presence when she spoke Friday before several hundred students at Edmonson County High School.
Klein, 86, captivated students and teachers alike with her account of the year she spent in Auschwitz, the notorious Nazi concentration camp, during the Holocaust.

A native Hungarian, Klein and the rest of her family were persecuted during World War II, forced out of their home, relocated to a Jewish ghetto and eventually imprisoned in Auschwitz. Klein was the only member of her family to survive the Holocaust, which killed six million Jews; of the 1,600 from her town placed in concentration camps during the war, only 28 survived.

“I had no idea how I survived the ordeal, I think it was luck,” said Klein, who now lives in Louisville.

Holocaust survivor tells story for BBC program

CLARKS SUMMIT — Erica Herz Van Adelsberg left Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in a cattle car in 1945. She returned last year as a guest of the Dutch and German governments to place a memorial plaque near a mass grave.

On Thursday night, after the opening of Baptist Bible College’s production of “And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank,” the Philadelphia-area Holocaust survivor recalled her journey out and back.

“Bergen-Belsen was a starvation camp,” she said. “We had very, very little to eat. And then to be greeted in the finest catering hall in (the German town of) Celle by waiters and waitresses asking us whether we wanted champagne or orange juice — it was an amazing experience.”

Mrs. Van Adelsberg’s comments followed the college’s production of playwright James Still’s 1996 multimedia play in which the story of two Holocaust survivors, Eva Schloss and Ed Silverberg, are recreated by a cast of six actors and in documentary interviews projected on stage.


Holocaust survivors teach real-life lessons
Lessons on the Holocaust for some freshman students in Southington didn’t stop at the blackboard. Instead, the reality of what could seem an unimaginable horror was brought right to their classroom for them to witness.

‘‘It kind of summed everything up for me, made it more clear,’’ said student Brianna Davis.

Davis was one of the dozens packed together Thursday morning at Chalker High School to hear from two different kinds of Holocaust survivors — stories they may not have known of before.

Holocaust survivors attend UF documentary screening
By LINDSEY ROBINSON, Alligator Contributing Writer
On April 10, 1945, a 20-year-old American soldier named Vernon Tott took 19 pictures of Jewish prisoners at a slave labor camp, called Ahlem, that his division liberated in Germany.

The photos later dominated the last decade of Tott’s life, which he devoted to identifying the gaunt and haunted faces he had captured.

On Wednesday, Tott’s widow and four Ahlem survivors, two of whom were featured in the photos, came to UF for a screening of the university-produced documentary “Angel of Ahlem,” which tells the story of Tott’s journey to find the people in the photos.


Contributor: Ian Preuth
Students from five different local schools on Thursday heard the emotional and true story of a Holocaust survivor.

The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education worked with people at Holmes, Newport Central Catholic, Clinton Massie Middle, Madeira Middle and Two Rivers Middle Schools worked together to bring Gerda Weissmann Klein in to speak.


THE Sentinel
Holocaust survivors deliver real-life history lesson

When Regina Gutman Spiegel was a child, she attended Hebrew school every afternoon in her hometown of Radom, Poland. Seventy years later, she still draws on the lessons she learned there.

“Everyone has choices in life. You can choose to do good or you can choose to do evil,” Spiegel said of her still-strong belief in God after surviving the Holocaust. “I never saw God commiting evil in the camps, only people. The Nazis chose to do evil.”

Spiegel and her husband, Sam Spiegel, spoke to a crowd of high school students, parents and community members who came to hear the two Holocaust survivors speak of their experiences Wednesday at McPherson High School.


Holocaust survivor’s story inspires teen
BY DANIEL VICTOR / Of The Patriot-News, 10/21/07 5:28 PM EDT
PAUL CHAPLIN, The Patriot-News

Speaking at Harrisburg’s Beth El Temple, filmmaker Sean Foer, 14, of Upper Allen Twp., introduces “The Spirit of the Survivor” his award winning video documenting holocaust survivor Rabbi Menachem Bornstein’s life.

When Rabbi Menachem Bornstein spoke, Sean Foer, 14, took in every word.
For hours, Sean videotaped the rabbi’s testimony as he spoke about his stay at the Auschwitz concentration camp, his unlikely survival, and the legacy he has left.


Holocaust survivor tells students to never forget

By: CRAIG SHULTZ – Staff Writer
WILDOMAR —- As Renee Firestone told her story of being sent to a concentration camp during World War II, Elsinore High School senior Carlee Blakemore listened intently.

“We’re the last generation that will get to hear this,” Blakemore, 17, said after Firestone, 83, addressed a large group at the school Tuesday. “Our kids are going to have to learn this from history books.”
Blakemore said seeing Firestone made the story of the extermination of about 6 million Jews during World War II real.

“It brings it out of the history books,” she said. “It’s right in front of you. There’s no way to ignore it.”


Holocaust survivor works to help children

Suffering can be reduced, says child psychologist who lost family to Nazis
By ERIC RUTH, The News Journal
Posted Monday, October 22, 2007
WILMINGTON — Looking through the prism of the present into the Holocaust’s horrific past, mankind is still aghast at its own evil — but may also be finding some lessons of hope.
For Henri Parens, hope lies in the lessons learned about humanity’s true potential, both for greatness and for evil. It lies in the tale of a young boy who escaped from the concentration camps’ grip, and found that the ordeal would inspire his own quest to help others.

Survivors tell of a painful past
Those who lived through Holocaust share stories
By Kyle Swanson: Daily Staff Reporter on 10/22/07

At the start of a luncheon for students and Holocaust survivors yesterday, Hillel Rabbi Nathan Martin told his table that there were no bad questions. Holocaust survivor Miriam Brysk quickly replied, “But unfortunately, there are no good answers.”

When Brysk was 7 years old, living in Lida, then part of Poland, the Nazis captured the city and took the town’s Jewish population to a ghetto.


Living on borrowed time Holocaust survivor addresses Bless the Years Celebration
By HEATHER ROTH Community News Editor

Joseph Taler doesn’t take his life for granted.
Born to Jewish parents in Poland in the years leading up to the second World War, he was a teenager when the Nazis marched across the border and the struggle for survival began.

“I’ve been living on borrowed time for 65 years,” he said. “I should have been dead at that time.”

Dr. Taler, a retired physician from Glen Burnie, will address St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church at noon today, during the annual Bless the Years Celebration.

“Seniors need to remain very much part of the life of the society,” he said. “They have a certain amount of life experiences that the younger people don’t have. They look at life with a different perspective.”

Holocaust survivor to visit central Illinois schools
October 21, 2007 (DECATUR, Ill.) – A Holocaust survivor who graduated from Peoria Central High School is returning to central Illinois this week to speak to young people.

Marion Blumenthal Lazan is now 72 years old. She was a young girl when her family fled Germany for Holland.
For more than six years, they lived in refugee, transit and prison camps, and finally the notorious Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.