DEBORAH SUSSMAN SUSSER
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Phoenix Holocaust Survivors’ Association members Harry Adler, left, and Ruth Joffe chat at the PHSA’s 25th anniversary annual meeting after discovering that they are both from Germany.

Photo by Deborah Sussman Susser

It is unusual to find the words “Holocaust” and “celebration” in the same sentence, but the 25th anniversary annual meeting of the Phoenix Holocaust Survivors’ Association (PHSA) on Oct. 25 was a celebration, if a bittersweet one.

In the same large room at Beth El Congregation where the PHSA meetings are usually held, the Chai Tones performed klezmer, the guests consumed chicken Kiev catered by Gary Shindler, and 10-year-old Ellie Hoffman played triumphant saxophone along with the band. Recent birthdays were noted, including that of Regina Blank, at table 6, who just turned 100.

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