Holocaust survivor speaks to students on campus
Hannah Alexander
Issue date: 2/1/08 Section: News

Kurt Herman, 78, was one of 49 childeren rescued to the United States when he was nine years old by an American group called Brith Sholom. Herman spoke to Drexel students Jan. 25.

A Holocaust survivor who escaped Nazi persecution in 1939 spoke Jan. 25 to 20 Drexel University students in a program co-sponsored by the Commuter Student Programs and Services (CSPS) and Hillel.

The speaker, Kurt Herman, now 78 years old, was nine years old when he became one of 49 children rescued to the United States by an American organization called Brith Sholom, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.



Holocaust survivors speak in documentary
Article Last Updated: 01/31/2008 10:04:26 AM EST

SHERMAN — “We never lost hope,” Holocaust survivor Ina Polak told about 100 people who attended Sunday’s viewing of the documentary “Steal a Pencil for Me” at the Jewish Community Center.

The documentary relayed the story of the love letters that Polak, 85, and her husband of nearly 62 years, Jack, 95, secretly exchanged during the two years they spent together in concentration camps during World War II.

The couple have also published a book, also called “Steal a Pencil for Me,” which contains the hundreds of letters they exchanged during that time.

The Polaks, who now live in Eastchester, N.Y., met at a mutual friend’s party near their homes in Amsterdam, when Ina was 20 years old. Jack, an accountant who was unhappily married to another woman, was instantly attracted to her.



FARMINGTON HILLS: Holocaust survivor to share her experiences

January 31, 2008

A woman who lost several relatives in the Holocaust will speak about her experiences.

Miriam Winter, who was born in Poland in 1933, survived the Holocaust because she concealed her Jewish identity. Her parents, maternal grandparents and brother died at the Treblinka concentration camp.

Winter came to the United States in 1969 and earned a doctorate in theater from Michigan State University.

She currently teaches at Jackson Community College.

Winter authored a memoir, “Trains: A Memoir of a Hidden Childhood During and after World War II.”


Holocaust survivor tells family story

Eva Clarke, one of the youngest survivors of the Holocaust, travelled to Enniskillen this week ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day, to tell her story to over 250 students at Fermanagh County Museum. Recounting her family’s story and her own remarkable survival Eva said: ‘I am a survivor but only just’.

Eva, who now live in Cambridge explained how her mother, a Czechoslovakian Jew, living in Prague met her father, a German Jew who had moved from Germany to escape persecution.



Holocaust survivors group links with Congress
By PAUL LUNGEN, Staff Reporter
Thursday, 31 January 2008
TORONTO — A grassroots organization that represents Holocaust survivors has joined forces with Canadian Jewish Congress to better serve the interests of more than 17,000 survivors across Canada.

Sidney Zoltak, co-president of Canadian Jewish Holocaust Survivors (CJHS), said his group’s association with Congress will permit the organization to do its work more efficiently. “We now have a home, a phone number and a staff person,” Zoltak said in a telephone interview from Montreal.



London schoolchildren invited to hear story of Holocaust survivor

by: EJP Updated: 29/Jan/2008 14:48

LONDON (EJP)—The London Jewish Museum and Muswell Hill Synagogue will commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2008 by inviting Haringey schoolchildren to visit the synagogue and listen to the story of a Holocaust survivor.
This educational event will take place on Wednesday evening.

Joan Salter will tell the students her suffering and survival and will then participate in a workshop encouraging them to reflect on the survivor testimony and apply the lessons learnt to issues they may face today.

Holocaust survivor shares his story with Diamond Bar

Holocaust survivor Leon Leyson, left, shakes hands with an audience after he shared his story with the residents of Diamond Bar and local communities on Jan. 23 at the AQMD/Government Center in Diamond Bar. (Photos by Watchara Phomicinda / Staff)
Brothers, aunts, uncles, friends. All gone. Millions more faced annihilation.

One of those was 9-year-old Leon Leyson, a Polish boy who survived to tell his story.

On Jan. 23, at a government center in Diamond Bar, Leyson shared his story of survival. That day, members of the audience sat at the edge of their seats, their eyes rimmed red from crying. They were anxious to hear what one of the last living survivors of the Holocaust would say next.

It was an emotionally wrenching night, as the now 78-year-old Fullerton resident re-lived the memories of his painful past — a childhood brutalized by Adolf Hitler during World War II.

Help for needy Austrian survivors

Needy Austrian Nazi victims living around the world can get medical assistance from a special fund.

The Austrian Ministry of Social Affairs, following negotiations with the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, will now pay $2.65 million to $2.95 million annually to the Claims Conference’s Austrian Holocaust Survivor Emergency Assistance Program. The program’s previous funding is expiring.

YNEWS: German church raises money for Holocaust survivors

Germany’s TOS Church Tuebingen, TOS Ministries International in Tuebingen along with Jerusalem Institute for Justice raise $54,000 for welfare of Holocaust survivors in Israel; Funds to be used to purchase blankets
BY Will King