Holocaust survivor

‘She’ll Help You Live A Happier Life’

Doc featuring Alice Herz-Sommer, world’s oldest Holocaust survivor, wins Oscar just days after her death.

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Los Angeles — In her 110 years, Alice Herz-Sommer was an accomplished concert pianist and teacher, a wife and mother — and a prisoner in Theresienstadt.

Alice Herz-Sommer, the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary. “Music is God,” she would say.  JTA

White House Names Envoy For Holocaust Survivors

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The Obama administration named a special envoy to the Holocaust survivor community.

Aviva Sufian, a staff member at the Health Department’s Administration for Community Living, will be the special envoy for U.S. Holocaust survivor services, a White House announcement said Friday.

Pope Francis’ Message To A Son Of Holocaust Survivors

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Pope Francis is an extraordinary man.

In the few months since Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires became the head of the Roman Catholic Church he has changed the atmospherics of the Vatican more profoundly — and most observers would emphatically say for the better — than anyone since Pope John XXIII more than 50 years ago.

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‘Last Shot’ To Preserve History

With book, N.Y. survivor, 83, breaks decades-long silence about harrowing Shoah experiences.

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In the end, the silence, and the burden of history, were too much to bear.

So when an inquisitive niece began asking him about the war years, Marian Rosenbloom finally opened up about his harrowing Holocaust experiences and about how, on a cold January day in 1943, when he was 13, he simply walked out of the Warsaw Ghetto in hopes of surviving the Nazis.

Survivor Marian Rosenbloom, right, with his niece, Susan Rostan and her husband.

Survivor Backs Claims Conference

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I am a Holocaust survivor who sits on the board of directors of the Claims Conference. At the recent annual board meeting, we discussed this year’s negotiations with the German government, which led to, among other benefits, an agreement that will result in $1 billion for homecare for Holocaust victims from 2014 through 2017.

Saved By The Salvadorans

At Temple Israel, survivor Ina Soep Polak describes the unique circumstances that kept her alive during the Holocaust.

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Ina Soep Polak couldn’t believe it when she arrived at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in May 1944 and an acquaintance told her about the horrid conditions there. Although she had heard of the infamous camp during her time at the Dutch deportation camp Westerbork, this was the first she and her family heard a firsthand account about conditions so horrible that the average inmate’s life expectancy was said to be nine months. 

Polak, now 89, recalled her extraordinary survival story during a recent program at Temple Israel of Great Neck, L.I.

Holocaust survivor Ina Soep Polak described her wartime experiences during Yom HaShoah speech at Temple Israel of Great Neck.

Reluctant Hero

Posing as a member of the Gestapo, Kew Gardens resident Fred Friedman rescued several dozen Jews in wartime and post-war Hungary.

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Slovakian-born Holocaust survivor Fred Friedman, who has lived in the same corner house in the Kew Gardens neighborhood of Queens for 46 years, will turn 90 on Monday, a few days before Yom HaShoah. And if this landmark birthday is like past ones, the mazel tov calls Friedman receives will include a special group of well-wishers: fellow survivors who were saved by Friedman from the Nazi genocide.

Survivor Fred Friedman saved Hungarian Jews during the war by impersonating a member of the Gestapo. MICHAEL DATIKASH

From Pebble Seeker To High School Namesake

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 Holocaust survivor and author Marion Blumenthal Lazan spent a few hours in her Long Island home sitting for a portrait by New York photographer Gary Rabenko one recent morning. The author of a 1999 memoir, “Four Perfect Pebbles” (Greenwillow Books) and the subject of a 2001 documentary, “Marion’s Triumph,” Lazan is often in front of a camera.

But the purpose of her latest photo session was unusual: her portrait is to be mounted this month in the front lobby of a high school named for her last year in her German hometown.

A high school in Germany was recently named for Holocaust survivor and author Marion Blumenthal Lazan. Steve Lipman

Sam Feldman, Survivor And Activist


Samuel Feldman, a Holocaust survivor who became a leader in several remembrance and Zionist causes in the New York area, died of congestive heart failure on Feb. 27 at his home in Hallendale, Fla. He was 91.

Mr. Feldman was founder and longtime president of Radomer Mutual Cultural Society, an organization of Polish natives, which under his leadership raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the United Jewish Appeal and donated four ambulances to Israel through Magen David Adom.

Searching For Arnost, And His Optimism

A former student remembers the Czech novelist and survivor Arnost Lustig.

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When I was in Prague this October I decided to look up my old college professor, Arnost Lustig. Even though I had not seen him in 30 years I thought he still had a lot to teach me.

Arnold Lustig: Kept his optimism, despite witnessing the worst cruelty imaginable.
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