Survivors have special role in museum opening
By Maribel Villalva / El Paso Times

El Pasoan Myer J. Lipson did not live through the Holocaust, but not a day goes by that he isn’t haunted by its horrors.

His family — parents, both sets of grandparents, a brother, sister, aunts, uncles and cousins — all experienced the atrocities. Some lived to tell about it.

His parents — Sundel and Rachel Lipson — were among the survivors, and they miraculously found each other after the war, though one had been imprisoned in south Germany and another in north Poland. But their struggle was so horrific that they rarely, if ever, spoke about the Holocaust. They came to El Paso in 1949 and lived a quiet life.

Lipson, a prominent attorney in El Paso, now tells their story.


Holocaust survivors recall haunting past
By Stephanie Sanchez / El Paso Times
Article Launched: 01/27/2008 05:57:02 PM MST

At the opening of the El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center, 90-year-old Sara Hauptman became teary-eyed as she recalled her painful experience during the Holocaust.
“I’m doing okay … I am alive,” said Hauptman, who was taken to several concentration camps and became a sterilization victim of Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, also known as “Nazi’s Auschwitz Angel of Death.”

Hauptman, her husband, Nathan, and their son moved to El Paso in 1951. The couple were part of 75 survivors to relocate in El Paso after World War II — only 15 remain.

On Sunday, also International Holocaust Remembrance Day, most of the 15 survivors were at the opening of the museum at at 715 North Oregon. The museum was paid by $2 million worth of donations, said spokesperson Leslie Novick.

The museum was first founded by Henry Kellen, a local Holocaust survivor, in 1984. But in October 2001, an electrical malfunction caused a fire that destroyed artifacts, exhibits and glass displays.