There are a variety of ways to connect with us digitally during this time when the Holocaust & Humanity Center is closed. Every week, you can expect digital talks and content from the Holocaust & Humanity, such as the Holocaust Speaker Series via Zoom.
Have you missed a talk or two? Here are six digital presentations to catch up on:
The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center commemorated Yom HaShoah through a digital ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hundreds of viewers tuned in as community leaders honored the six million Jewish lives lost during the Holocaust. Skip to 29:00 for the start of remarks.
The Holocaust Speaker Series via Zoom, sponsored by Margaret and Michael Valentine, has attracted thousands of viewers since mid-March. Conrad was born in Storojinetz, a small town in Bucovina, once part of Romania (currently part of the Ukraine) in 1938. After a brief occupation of the region by the Soviet Army in 1941, Romanian authorities in alliance with German forces, started a massive campaign of annihilation and deportation of Jews to Transnistria. They were taken by cattle car, a journey of two days and one night, and then forced to walk for two weeks in snow and mud to the forced labor camp, Budi. One viewer said: “Amazing message and advice. I could listen to him all day!”
Cincinnatian Sandy Kaltman told the story of her mother and Holocaust survivor, Roma Kaltman. Roma was born in Lodz, Poland in 1926. She was 13 years old when Nazi Germany invaded her homeland. Roma and her family were forced into the Lodz ghetto in October, where she lived for five years. Roma’s brother, Simon, worked in the ghetto’s Bureau of Vital Statistics which helped him provide for the family after their mother died of malnutrition. In August 1944, Lodz was liquidated and Roma was sent to Auschwitz.
Wondering what to do with the family photographs, documents, and artifacts you have at home? HHC’s Curator, Cori Silbernagel, spoke about her role at HHC, our collections, and how you can care for artifacts at home in order to preserve memories for the future.
Joel Nahari spoke about his family’s story to a large audience through Zoom. Joel’s parents both escaped the Holocaust as children. His mother, Ruth Dresel was born in Germany in 1926, and experienced antisemitism before escaping to Israel with her family at age 9. Eight members of her family were murdered in the Holocaust, and the few known survivors escaped to Israel, China, England, Chile, and the United States.
Viewers from around the world tuned into Sonia Milrod’s presentation. Over 20,000 European Jews survived the Holocaust by escaping to Shanghai, China. Sonia Milrod’s parents were among them. Her father, Jerry Milrod, fled Lodz, Poland when the German’s invaded and made it to Vilno, Lithuania. From there, he, his brother, and several friends were among over a thousand who made to it Kobe, Japan based on a transit visa signed by Chiune Sugihara, and then to Shanghai. Her mother, Lydia Hernball, escaped with her family from Berlin right after Kristallnacht – first to Bangkok and then to Shanghai. Sonia told the amazing story of their very different journeys and also how they met and married in Shanghai.
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