Holocaust survivor Nesse Godin returning to Bluffton
By Joe Smekens

Nesse Godin, a Holocaust survivor who made a tremendous impact during a visit here in 2002, is coming back to Bluffton.
The noted speaker, who has dedicated her adult life to teaching and sharing memories of the Holocaust will be in Bluffton for a community presentation on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

She will speak at Bluffton High School on that evening at 7 p.m. in a free event open to the public.

And on Wednesday, Dec. 5, she will address the BHS student body at 9 a.m.

“We are thrilled to have her coming back to Bluffton,” said BHS language arts teacher Deb Johnson, who played a pivotal role in bringing Nesse to Bluffton in November of 2002 and also has spearheaded arrangements for the return visit.



Galina Isakovna’s life has never been easy.

She was 3 months old in 1922 when a pogrom broke out in her Belarusian village. As a band of anti-Semitic thugs stormed her family’s home, her mother quickly stashed her under a bed. When the intruders entered the room, cutting up the feather pillows with bayonets, her mother prayed that her baby wouldn’t cry. Miraculously, the entire family survived.

During World War II, Galina served as one of the Russian army’s first women aerial gunners and as a bombardier mechanic. She fought on the Second Ukrainian Front, and when her arm was mangled in an attack, part of a bone was replaced with a metal plate.

Today she’s confined to a wheelchair, disabled with multiple ailments, and she rarely leaves her apartment in Brest, Belarus, because she can’t navigate the staircase.



Holocaust survivor speaks to local students
Seventh-graders at Algonquin relive Lowenberg’s experience

By Erin McClary
C & G Staff Writer

CLINTON TOWNSHIP— In 1936, Holocaust survivor Martin Lowenberg was sent off to a Jewish boarding school after Nazis took over his hometown of Hessen, Germany. After several unsuccessful attempts by his parents to escape Hitler’s reign, Lowenberg entered into an experience he says he’s lucky to live to tell about.

On Nov. 14, Lowenberg told his story to more than 200 students at Chippewa Valley’s Algonquin Middle School. Because part of the seventh-grade curriculum at Algonquin is studying Europe and the persecution of different groups of people throughout history, social studies teacher Sarah Wills thought Lowenberg’s experience might catch her students’ attention. MORE.

Holocaust survivor celebrates Thanksgiving with family
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By Bill Handleman, Asbury Park Press
LONG BRANCH, N.J. — Elizabeth Spitz came to the United States with her husband and their 4-month-old daughter in November 1946. It was Thanksgiving Day, she was told. “That’s nice,” she said. She had no idea what this meant.
She remembers eating a tuna fish sandwich, for which she was probably thankful, now that she thinks about it.

The following year, they had the more traditional turkey, with all the traditional trimmings. “We were Americanized pretty fast,” she says now.



Holocaust survivor and son reach out to new generation through talks
Tribune Staff Writer

SOUTH BEND — In the small chapel at Temple Beth-El on a recent Sunday morning, Joseph Bialowitz urges a group of middle school students to move closer to their heritage so they can better represent the Jewish people, their history and tradition in a world where “Jews are still misunderstood.”

The students, who attend religious classes at Beth-El, and about a dozen adults listen attentively to the 33-year-old son of a Holocaust survivor.



Liverpool’s lead on Holocaust day
Nov 22 2007 by Catherine Jones, Liverpool Echo

BRITAIN’S Chief Rabbi and the Archbishop of Canterbury will head commemorations at National Holocaust Memorial Day in Liverpool.

Sir Jonathan Sachs and the Rt Rev Rowan Williams will both take part in the January 27 memorial.

The event, at the Philharmonic Hall, will be the culmination of a month-long programme highlighting the Holocaust, genocide and repression.



EWS seniors make innovative, multimedia Holocaust documentation project their own

“When we came to the gates [on] the outskirts of Ostrów Mazowiecki, there was a bunch of German soldiers. I visualize this to this day, a bunch of German soldiers standing there. And, when they saw my grandfather, who had a beard, they took a scissors and cut his beard – just as an insult. So, my grandfather, he was a quiet person, but he must have asked: ‘Why are you doing this? I’m a pious Jew, this is part of me. Why are you cutting my beard?’