“Tolerance is what keeps humanity together, I believe.”
—Anne Willem Meijer, Member of the Dutch Resistance
As the only Holocaust education center of its kind in the Tri-State area, CHHE has taken on the challenge of preserving and documenting for future generations the experiences of community eyewitnesses through artifact, video and document collections. CHHE currently houses over 700 artifacts and documents that provide a link to life before the war, death and survival inside the camps and ghettos, and reconstruction following liberation. Check back frequently as we will change the highlighted artifact monthly!
Josef Warkany was born in Vienna, Austria in 1902. He completed medical school there in 1925, but there were few opportunities in Europe for clinical practice and medical research. In 1932, Josef immigrated to the United States after securing a staff position at Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati. As Nazism spread across Europe, Josef received many desperate requests for aid from family members, friends, former colleagues, and even individuals he had never met. Josef was not able to ensure the escape of every individual that reached out to him, but he was successful in securing affidavits and guarantee of financial support for his mother and sister to immigrate to the United States.
Josef saved all of the letters that he received from individuals asking for his help. His son, Steve Warkany, generously donated this collection of letters to CHHE in 2012.