Debbie Leffler

Debbie Leffler’s parents and grandmother were Holocaust survivors who tried to stay one step ahead of the Nazis. Debbie’s mother, Helga, was born in Essen, Germany. Helga’s family moved to

Kayelin Tiggs

This week’s Speaker Series is a special Upstander edition featuring 2023 Upstander Awards recipient, Kayelin Tiggs, who received the Jim Tojo Award for Leadership. Kayelin Tiggs has been working to

Steve Coppel

Steve Coppel is the son of two Holocaust Survivors, Trudy and Werner Coppel. Both his parents have an amazing story of survival, perseverance, rebuilding and love which is featured throughout

Andrew Laszlo Jr.

This week’s Speaker Series features Andrew Laszlo Jr.’s story celebrating his father’s survival and life after the Holocaust.  Andrew grew up in a middle-class home in Papa, Hungary. After his

Scott Knox

This week’s Speaker Series is a special Upstander edition featuring Scott Knox. In 1993, Cincinnati voted Article XII into the city charter, removing discrimination protections based on sexual orientation. Supporters

Henry Armstrong

Commandant Sergeant Major (CSM) Henry Armstrong is a native of Covington, KY. He enlisted into the US Army in 1943 at 18, 6 months before he graduated high school. Armstrong

Dan Hurley

Cincinnati’s beloved Dan Hurley shares stories about his father during World War II and his quest to uncover his father’s story, a white officer with an all African American company

Connie Bergstein Dow

Connie Bergstein Dow is the daughter of Frank David Bergstein, who grew up in South Avondale, Cincinnati. Frank enlisted to fight in World War II in July, 1941, and immediately following

Sandy Kaltman

Sandy tells 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

Conrad Weiner

Conrad was born in Storojinetz, a small town in Bucovina, once part of Romania (currently part of Ukraine) in 1938. After a brief occupation of the region by the Soviet

Dr. Jan Láníček

Dr. Láníček is an Associate Professor in Modern European and Jewish History at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He is currently completing a study of post-Holocaust

Bob Mermelstein

Bob tells the story of his mother’s experiences before, during, and after the Holocaust. Bob has lived in Cincinnati for the past 50 years. He is retired from careers at