VOA: Survivors demand resolution from Russia on Wallenberg hero

Holocaust Survivors Campaign for Russia to Disclose Fate of World War II Hero Raoul Wallenberg
By Carolyn Weaver
New York
07 August 2009

Raoul Wallenberg, who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews in 1944
Swedish humanitarian worker Raoul Wallenberg is credited with saving tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews from deportation to Nazi concentration camps during World War II. But after Soviet troops took control of Budapest in 1945, he was arrested and never seen or heard from again.

On what would have been his 97th birthday, August 4, the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation brought together survivors rescued by Wallenberg to renew the call for Russian officials to unseal the record of his fate.




Maude Dahme, Ursula Powell, and Tova Friedman

Leo Silberman, Columbus, OH

Lisl Bogart, The Berkshires, MA

Max Eisen

Albert Veissid

Gerald Steinberg

Klaus Stern

Michael Lindner

Wanda Wolosky and Rosa Freund

Dr. Susan Cernyak-Spatz

Sonia Warshawski

Leopold Engleitner

2G Sylvia Wygoda

Marion Blumenthal Lazan

Sally Wasserman

Gerda Weissmann Klein

Phil Freund

Alexander Eisen

2GSteve Uhlfelder

Helen Greenspun

Verna Clemis

Aaron Abraham

Jacob Kilstein

Eva Brown & Edith Eva Eger

Walter and Herta Kammerling

Bert Schall

2GStan Ronell

Irene Zisblatt

Edy Lange

Dina Babbitt

Alfred Schnog, Morris Glass and Dr. Susan E. Cernyak-Spatz

Dr. Edith Eger

Betty Berry

Janet Applefield

Lilly Salcman

Fred Spiegel

Aaron Alster
Martin Schiller

Rosalie Simon

Margit Feldman

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Bea Karp North Platte, Nebraska

Dr. Eugene Schoenfeld, Lafayette, GA
Cipora Katz, Skokie, IL

AMERICAN GATHERING NEWS: The American Gathering Celebrates 94 Years of Yiddish with The National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene

This year The National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene is honoring three families from the American Gathering at their annual Gala Variety Show in New York City. American Gathering Honorary Chairman Ernest W. Michel, the man whose dream in Auschwitz became reality at the World Gathering is the guest of honor and Prof. Elie Wiesel, Nobel Laureate, is the honorary chairman. The theme is “Fun Dor Tsu Dor” “From Generation to Generation, a Musical Celebration.”

Gathering Vice President Dr. Eva Fogelman (2G) and Danielle Sarna (3G), daughter of Gathering council members Mark and Anita Sarna, will be given Heritage Hemshekh Awards for fulfilling the pledge of acceptance given at the Gathering in Jerusalem in 1981. (Danielle was not yet a twinkle in her parents’ eyes–they met at that Gathering!) Our President Sam E. Bloch, Chairman Roman R. Kent and Sr. Vice President Max Liebmann are on the Host Committee and Jeff Wiesenfeld, another Gathering vice-president, is the chairman of the theater’s board of trustees. Jeanette Friedman is the journal chair.

“Though I am not a Yiddishist, or terribly fluent in Yiddish, I fully appreciate the beauty of the culture, the joy and drama of the theater and the pleasure it brings to survivors around the city,” said honoree Michel. “I have some showbiz people in my family, and so I can appreciate that The National Yiddish Theatre is the oldest theater in America, even in the world! It is a national treasure that must be kept alive as a vibrant piece of our cultural heritage.”

The Gala will take place on Monday evening, June 8 at New York City’s Town Hall. Curtain time is 7:30.

Freddy Roman, the Catskill comic is the emcee, and guests include Tony-Award winner Andrea Martin, Emmy-Award winner Fyvush Finkel, lyricist Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof, Umbrellas of Cherbourg), Dr. Ruth, Frank London, poet Vanessa Hidary, Daniella Rabbani, The Folksbiene Troupe and surprise guests. The performance is written and directed by Eleanor Reissa and musical direction is by Zalmen Mlotek, both 2Gs.

The Folksbiene Troupe is best known for their outreach performances to Holocaust survivor communities in the greater metropolitan area. Working with the City University, they bring performances to the areas where survivors live so that they can enjoy a taste of Yiddish. The theater also presents two main stage performances each year. This year Gimpl Tam won accolades from The New York Times in the fall, as did Shpiel! Shpiel! Shpiel! this spring. The Gala is simply the icing on the cake! For more information visit www.folksbiene.org

Survivors Speak

Anniston, AL Ruth Siegler
Des Moines, IA: Peter Pintus
Greeley, Co Nechama Tec
Birmingham, AL Max Steinmetz
Wagner, SD Benny Hochman
Charlotte, NC Suly Chenkin
Poway CA. David Faber, Abraham Secemski. Lou Dunst
Peoria, IL Sara Moses
Port Jefferson, NY Werner Reich
Brookville, NY Sam Sitko
Le Mars and Harlan, IA Philip Gans
Witchita KS and Greensboro, NC Edith Eger Ph.d.
Rochester, NY Sam Rind
Manchester, NH Stephan Lewy
San Diego, USC, Eve Wertheimer, Gussie Zaks, Rose Schindler
Houston, TX Walter Breisacher through his daughter Sandy Lessig
Myrtle Beach, SC Hugo Schiller
Salt Lake City, UT Abe Katz
Ft. Monroe, Newport News, VA Alan and Halina Zimm
Sarasota FL Hannah Rigler
Winston-Salem, NC Rachel Kizhnerman
Rego Park, NY Nathan Berkowitz, Martin Braun, Rita Guttesman, Joseph Kalman, Max Rapinsky, Elinor Kalman, Senta Seligman, Clara Lato, Sam Rothman and Jack Gruer
Lansing, MI MIchael Weiss
Los Angeles, CA Diane Jacobs

NJ Standard: Putting it in writing, suvivors leave a legacy

by Anna Gottlieb

Until 1990,

THE GAZETTE:History must not repeat, Holocaust survivors say

History must not repeat, Holocaust survivors say
The Gazette
Published: Tuesday, November 11

MONTREAL- Willie Glaser remembers the night 70 years ago when he took the train from Munich to his hometown nearby in Germany’s Bavaria region and saw synagogues burning all the way back.

One of those synagogues was on display in a black and white photograph last night as part of a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht at the Beth Israel Beth Aaron synagogue in C

NJJewish News: Survivors share tale of love and luck

Survivors share tale of love and luck
In East Brunswick, couple urges support for matching grant

Ina Polak, a Dutch Holocaust survivor, sitting with her husband, Jack, holds up the death certificate sent to her parents telling them that her brother Benno had been stoned to death at Mauthausen concentration camp.



Survivors to remember