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Holocaust Survivor Speaker Series

Past Sessions
Sunday, December 11, 2022 17 Kislev 5783 - 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM - Sanctuary
Sunday, November 13, 2022 19 Cheshvan 5783 - 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM - Sanctuary
Sunday, September 18, 2022 22 Elul 5782 - 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM - Sanctuary
Sunday, August 21, 2022 24 Av 5782 - 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM - Sanctuary

 registration is now closed. walk-ins are welcome but will be asked to complete a sign-in form.

77 years have passed since the end of World War ll and the horrors of the Holocaust. There are very few survivors who remain to share their stories.

Temple Sinai has the distinct honor of hosting a speaker series which will enable us to hear some of these stories firsthand. It is incumbent on us to listen and retell these truths to our children and grandchildren to ensure that we never forgot.  History must not repeat itself!


Please join us to learn about the resilience and courage it took to survive. Hear about the ways in which relatives, friends and even strangers helped along the way and understand why these survivors have chosen to share their stories.

During this 4-part series, local Holocaust survivors will share their personal stories and experiences during the Holocaust and there will also be a brief Q&A following each presentation.This program is free and open to the entire community.

  • August 21-Felicia Liban: Born in Krakow, Poland, she escaped from the ghetto with her mother and was hidden with a Christian family from eight years to eleven years old. She will share with the audience what it was like to be hidden for all those years.
  • September 18-Ginette Wagner Hersh: Born in Paris, France almost 95 years ago and moved to Dijon at 3-1/2 but left when she was 12, the day the Germans occupied Paris.  The family had many close calls moving to different cities to avoid the Nazis.  They enrolled Ginette in boarding schools where the principals knew she was Jewish and protected her.  Ginette has two daughters, two granddaughters, one grandson, and three great grandchildren.
  • November 13-Helga Melmed: Born in Berlin and witness to Kristallnacht, Helga will reveal what life was like in the Lodz ghetto where she lost both her parents. She will speak about surviving the horrors of Auschwitz and a slave labor camp.
  • December 11-Rifka Glatz: She will talk about her father who was taken to a slave labor camp and never returned and will describe her imprisonment at Bergen-Belsen and how she was saved along with her mother and brother as part of a rescue called Kastner's Train.
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