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Holocaust Speaker Series

Mark Heiman: April 7, 2021
Mark tells the story of his grandfather, Karl, who served in the German army in WWI. He later moved to Munich where he established a textile business and raised a family. Mark’s father, Paul, was 12 years old when he witnessed his Jewish school being burned down the day after Kristallnacht. Arrested on Kristallnacht, Karl was interned in Dachau concentration camp.

Joan Kodish: March 31, 2021
Kodish, the only daughter of Holocaust survivor, Carla Maling Kodish OBM, is now an author, Jewish educator and B’nai Mitzvah tutor throughout the United States. It has become her mission to relay her mother’s story to student groups at the Maltz Museum of the Jewish Heritage in Beachwood, OH and to adults both in Ohio and in Israel. She conceived of and produced a documentary of survivor and rescuer testimony entitled The Survivor Project

Sol Factor: March 24, 2021
Sol Factor was born in a DP Hospital in Munich, Germany in June 1946. For reasons unknown to him, he was separated from his natural mother two weeks after his birth. He was brought to the United States in 1947 to be adopted. Mr. Factor is a retired history teacher; the last 25 in the Cleveland Heights Schools. Mr. Factor was selected as a Mandel Fellow through the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1998. 

Helen Kaltman: March 17, 2021
Helen was two years old when World War II began. Her family fled to the Soviet Union, where her mother had family. They were sent to Siberia; after a year, they escaped and after being on a train for 3 months, arrived in Uzbekistan. Her father, Kissel, was separated from Helen when he was conscripted into the Soviet army, and she did not see him again until after the war. 

Ray Warren: March 10, 2021
Ray tells the inspirational story of his mother and father, both Holocaust survivors, and how it has impacted his life. His search for his parents’ history, repressed in part by his parents, takes him on journeys to Communist Poland and Israel, the internet, and ultimately swings back to his parents.

Eva Moreimi: March 3, 2021
Eva grew up in Czechoslovakia as an only child to two Holocaust survivor parents. Shortly after graduating from Economic School, she escaped from the communist regime and immigrated to the United States.

CONRAD WEINER: February 24, 2021
Conrad was taken by cattle car from Romania, a journey of two days and one night, and forced to walk for two weeks in snow and mud to the forced labor camp, Budi. Conrad was 3 1/2 years old at the time. He even fell ill and despite guidance given to his mother by other prisoners, she nursed Conrad back to health.

Andrea Herzig: February 17, 2021
Andrea Herzig is a retired educator and author of Courage in the Little Suitcase. The novel, written for middle grades, is historical fiction that centers on her distant relative, Mordechai Anielewicz, leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. At 20 years old, Anielewicz led 300 to 500 young men and women between the ages of 13 and 30 to fight back against the Nazis during the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto. 

Abraham Peck: February 10, 2021
Abraham J. Peck is Research Professor of History at the University of Southern Maine and a lecturer at Bates College. He is the author of “Queen City Refuge: An Oral History of Cincinnati’s Jewish Refugees from Nazi Germany.”

Rosette: February 3, 2021
Rosette, a Holocaust survivor, was born in France, and hidden by Catholic farmers while her mother was a part of the French Underground. Unaware of her Jewish heritage until she was older, she discusses her struggle with her identity, her mother’s resistance experience, and life during wartime.

Dr. Anna Ornstein: January 27, 2021
Anna (Brunn) Ornstein was born in 1927 in Szendrő, Hungary. After Germany invaded Hungary, Anna and her parents were eventually sent to a large ghetto in Miskolc. From there, Anna, her parents and grandmother were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944. Her father and grandmother were killed immediately. Anna remained with her mother as they were transferred to Plaszow, returned to Auschwitz, then transferred again to the Parschnitz labor camp. They were liberated from Parschnitz on May 8, 1945 by the Soviet Army. 

Vivian & Monroe Price: January 13, 2021
Vivian and Monroe spent childhood years in Cincinnati, after their family escaped from Vienna, Austria as the Nazis came to power. Monroe was just a baby when his father was arrested on Kristallnacht. Although his father was released after 12 days, this arrest became an additional and desperate signal to escape. Vivian was born after the family had settled in America. Vivian and Monroe will discuss their family history and what it has meant to grow up in shadows of the Holocaust.

Ira Segalewitz: January 6, 2021
Ira was born in Poland. Shortly after World War II started, the area he lived in was occupied by Russia. When Nazis began their attack on Russia, he and his mother escaped deep into the Ural Mountains of the Bashkir USSR, where they survived the Holocaust in a work camp. After the war, they returned to a devastated Poland and learned that most of their family was murdered by the Nazis.

Ron and Steve Coppel: December 30, 2020
Ron and Steve’s parents, Trudy and Werner Coppel, were both Holocaust survivors. They have an amazing story of survival, perseverance, rebuilding and love, which is featured throughout HHC. Their father, Werner, was a survivor of Auschwitz. He was the first Holocaust survivor in Cincinnati to speak publicly about his experiences, starting in the early 1970’s.

Erika Gold: December 16, 2020
Erika shares her story.

Helen Marks: December 2, 2020
Helen shares her story.

Joyce Kamen: November 25, 2020
Joyce tells the remarkable story of the personal journey that she and her husband Fred have experienced since discovering in 2013 that Fred, who was adopted at birth, was the biological son of two Holocaust survivors. 

Ellen Bottner: November 18, 2020
Ellen Bottner, a Holocaust survivor, grew up in Germany under the Third Reich. She describes her experiences on the Kindertransport, life under refuge with a foster family in England, the fate of her extended family during the Holocaust, and reflections about intolerance in the world today.

Erwin Ganz: November 4, 2020
Erwin Ganz was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1929. After the Nuremberg Laws were passed, he took the train on his own from ages 5-8 to attend a Jewish school outside his community. 

Sonia Milrod: October 28, 2020
Sonia will tell the amazing story of her parent’s very different journeys (her mother escaped from Berlin right after Kristallnacht – first to Bangkok and then to Shanghai; her father fled Poland when the Germans invaded and made it to Lithuania and Japan before Shanghai) and also how they met and married in Shanghai.

Monique R.: October 21, 2020
Monique’s parents, Ernest and Hilda, fled antisemitism in Germany in 1933. At the time, Ernest had a thriving career in journalism and Hilda was in her first year at university. In 1939, Ernest was sent to a French work camp for enemy aliens. Monique was born in 1940 in Bellac.

Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff: October 14, 2020
Miriam Klein Kassenoff fled Nazi Europe, Kosice Slovakia, as a small child in 1941, along with her parent and infant brother, the late Honorable Judge Ted Klein. Dr. Klein Kassenoff has studied at Yad Vashem, the International Center for Holocaust Studies in Jerusalem, Israel.

Melissa Hunter: October 7, 2020
Melissa W. Hunter, author of What She Lost, is a writer and blogger from Cincinnati. Her novel, What She Lost, is inspired by her grandmother’s life as a Holocaust survivor.

Joel Nahari: September 23, 2020
Joel’s parents, who were from Germany and Czechoslovakia, immigrated to Israel (mother) and Palestine (father); thus, escaping the Holocaust. Both parents joined the Jewish underground army who were fighting the British and the Arab nations, and helped Israel gain independence in 1948. 

Cheryl Hecht: September 16, 2020
Cheryl tells the story of her father, David Hochstein, a Holocaust survivor from Cologne, Germany. Rescued by a Kindertransport, he was taken to London when he was 15.

Steve Coppel: September 2, 2020
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 the Nancy and David Wolf Holocaust and Humanity Center. Steve’s Dad (Werner) was a survivor of Auschwitz. 

Dr. Gary Brooks: August 26, 2020
Dr. Brooks tells the story of his grandfather Ivan, grandmother Marija, aunt Dela, and mother Hildegard who were devout Catholics living in Belgrade in the former Yugoslavia (now Serbia). In October 1941, the family was sent to the Lodz Ghetto in Poland. From there, they were removed to a succession of forced labor camps throughout Poland and Germany.

Matt Yosafat: August 19, 2020
In 1942, Matt went into hiding with the Nazi occupation of Greece. The Yosafats hid in places including a cave and tobacco shelter, rarely safe and often separated. Ultimately, the Yosafat family reunited in Katerini and were liberated, during the outbreak of a civil war.

Barbara McCoucha: June 24, 2020
Barbara shares the story of her mother, Vera Gutin, After experiencing the violence of Kristallnacht, Vera’s family relocated to nearby Luxembourg and eventually France in an attempt to stay ahead of the Nazis. Vera would spend the duration of the war in Vichy, France passing as a French child with the help of OSE, the French Resistance, and the care of a small French village.

Al Miller: June 10, 2020
After immigrating to the USA in 1939, Al served in the US Army from 1943-1946. Because of his ability to speak German, he was trained in intelligence at Fort Ritchie in Maryland and then sent back to Germany to interrogate suspected war criminals after the war’s end in 1945.

Ruth Barnett: May 27, 2020
Ruth shares the story of her mother, Irene Levin, who was deported from her home in the Sudetenland when she was a teenager. Irene would become a prisoner in Terezin and at a sub-camp of Auschwitz called Christianstadt. Alongside her mother, Irene would be forced on a 200 mile death march through ice and snow, until their arrival to Bergen-Belsen.

Sandy Kaltman: May 13, 2020
Sandy shares her mother Roma Kaltman’s story of survival. Roma and her family were forced into the Lodz ghetto in October, where she lived for five years. In August 1944, Lodz was liquidated and Roma was sent to Auschwitz. Here she spent about seven to eight weeks before being sent to Stutthof. 

Zahava Rendler: April 22, 2020
Zahava was born just before the Nazi invasion. A Polish neighbor named Stachek hid her, her parents, and about 30 other people in an underground bunker, and brought food about once a week. Zahava was only a baby, and the bunker had to remain quiet, so the adults would give Zahava sleeping pills to muffle her cries. 

Henry Fenichel: April 15, 2020
Henry was born in The Netherlands and shares his experience as a child survivor of the Holocaust who lived in hiding, was sent to Bergen-Belsen after his hiding place was discovered, and ultimately was freed as part of a prisoner exchange.

Conversations, Film Screenings, and More

Yom HaShoah: Remembering for Tomorrow – Carrying Our Stories Forward: April 7, 2021
*In proud partnership with CET Public Television
Liberation. Freedom. Remembrance. As survivors were liberated across Europe after enduring years of atrocity at the hands of Nazis and collaborators, they emerged to newfound freedom, but they were also met with much uncertainty. While carrying incredible trauma, these survivors would go on to rebuild in new homes, new countries, and cities like Cincinnati. The rebuilding and healing would be their next chapter, and remembrance of all they had endured would be critical to telling their story.

Hate at Home: Antisemitism and Why it Matters Today: February 11, 2021
There is a rising tide of hate and polarization in America and beyond. Antisemitism on both sides of the ideological spectrum, exhibited in new and sometimes deadly ways, demands that communities find ways to combat it. One of the best approaches to combating it is to build allies and an understanding that hate against one group of people impacts us all.

Cincy Upstander Project: Sharing Stories and Preserving History in Cincinnati’s West End, Over-the-Rhine, and Beyond: January 19, 2021
Hear from three upstanders, Keloni Parks (Ke), Dr. Anne Delano Steinert, and Dr. Rebecca Wingo, preserving history in Cincinnati’s West End, Over-the-Rhine, and beyond through oral history projects, museums, and community-based history projects.

Caring for the Jewish Refugee Community: A Conversation with Tulane Chartock: January 14, 2021
With the rise of Nazism, Jewish organizations and individuals aided Jews in Europe, and in the aftermath of the war, they continued to serve Holocaust survivors who arrived in Cincinnati. Hear social worker, Tulane Chartock, share how she assisted Jewish refugees in Cincinnati in the post-war period.

Cincy Upstander Project: What We Can Do to Address Housing Insecurity During COVID-19: December 15, 2020
As temperatures drop during the winter months and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate Ohio communities, the issues of housing insecurity and homelessness only become more complex. 

Carrying the Stories Forward: A Chanukah Gathering of the Descendants of Holocaust Survivors: December 14, 2020
The descendants of local Holocaust survivors and their families gather together as a community to light Chanukah candles and reflect on the traditions and stories that their families retell each year. 

Perseverance & Justice: Raphael Lemkin, Genocide, and Human Rights Gallery Talk: December 10, 2020
The word genocide was coined by Raphael Lemkin, who fought tirelessly to come up with a word to describe the mass atrocities that occurred to the Armenians during WWI and to Jews during the Holocaust. HHC staff discuss Lemkin’s impact and the importance of naming these atrocities.

Hornstein Lecture: Shoah Through Muslim Eyes featuring Dr. Mehnaz Afridi: November 22, 2020
Dr. Mehnaz Afridi discusses her journey as a Muslim studying the Holocaust, her experiences interviewing survivors and how this work is important in bridging Jewish-Muslim relations.

Cincy Upstander Project: What It Means to Be an Upstander Today: November 17, 2020
What does it mean to be an upstander? How can we all be upstanders in this moment? HHC CEO Sarah Weiss and Director of Education Jodi Elowitz will answer your questions and announce exciting ways you can get involved with the #CincyUpstander Project. 

Serving our Community: A Conversation with Local Veterans: November 9, 2020
Local veterans including Maria Hale, Joel Nahari, and historian Dan Hurley (sharing his father’s military story) will reflect on lessons learned from military service and how they continue to serve the Greater Cincinnati community today.

In the Moment: A Discussion About the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: November 5, 2020
As Armenia and Azerbaijan clash over the embattled region of Nagorno-Karabakh, hundreds have died in the most serious escalation of fighting in years. 

Nuremberg Laws: How the Nazis Were Influenced by U.S. Jim Crow Laws: October 22, 2020
Learn about the intersections between the Nuremberg Laws in Nazi Germany and eugenics laws and Jim Crow practices in the United States with Tom White, Coordinator of Educational Outreach for the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies at Keene State College.

How was it Possible?: Introduction to the Holocaust: October 15, 2020
How was the Holocaust possible? This program will provide an introduction to the Holocaust through an exploration of the factors leading to the rise of Nazism. 

HHC Annual Meeting 2020: September 22, 2020
This meeting is a meaningful program with featured guest speaker, Dr. Stephen Smith, Executive Director of the University of Southern California’s Shoah Foundation. We also honor the leadership of our outgoing Chair, Dr. John Cohen, and welcome our incoming Chair, David Wise.

In the Moment: Conversations Worth Having Launch: September 15, 2020
From an uptick in Holocaust denial posts on Facebook to harmful trends depicting survivors on Tik Tok, HHC staff will lead a discussion about social media trends and the Holocaust this month.

Fighting Injustice: A Conversation with Freedom Rider Betty Daniels Rosemond: September 10, 2020
Rosemond grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and decided to fight the injustices that African Americans faced in the South by joining the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), protesting, and taking part in the Freedom Rides. 

Voices from the Museum: Upstander Stories: August 18, 2020
Louise Lawarre, GAPP; Alandes Powell, Cincinnati’s Black Lives Matter mural; and Kurt Reiber, CEO, Freestore Foodbank, will share their stories of taking action to address needs in our community.

Now Streaming: A Discussion About “13th” by Ava Duvernay with Special Guest Tyra Patterson: July 28, 2020
The film examines the criminalization of African Americans throughout U.S. history, including through modern mass incarceration. Special guest facilitator is Tyra Patterson, Community Outreach Director for the Ohio Justice & Policy Center. 

“The Unwanted”: A Conversation with Michael Dobbs: July 22, 2020
In “The Unwanted,” Dobbs weaves together the experiences of residents of Kippenheim, Germany and their desperate attempts to escape Nazi persecution, illuminating the barriers faced by Jewish refugees fleeing Nazism and the American response to the refugee crisis.

Mirsada Kadiric’s Story: What Does it Mean to be an American?: July 16, 2020
Bosnian genocide survivor Mirsada Kadiric shares her life experiences and reflects on what it means to be an American from the perspective of a refugee resettling in the United States.

Museum Mornings: Stories of Rebuilding Gallery Talk: July 9, 2020
HHC staff will share how they designed the museum to tell the stories of local survivors and describe the obstacles and opportunities that Jewish refugees faced as they rebuilt their lives after the Holocaust.

Youth Upstanders in Cincinnati: Creating Change for the Future: July 2, 2020
Youth upstanders taking action on a range of issues in Cincinnati will share their stories and perspectives in this thought-provoking conversation.

LGBTQ Changemaker: Scott Knox: June 25, 2020
Hear attorney Scott Knox discuss his advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ rights in Cincinnati, including his work to repeal Article XII. The Article, passed in 1993, removed discrimination protections based on sexual orientation in Cincinnati.

Museum Mornings: Interpretation of Hate and “Difficult History”: June 18, 2020
HHC’s Tour Coordinator, Morgan Woodring, and Director of Education, Jodi Elowitz, will be in conversation about how to interpret difficult history and hate-related content in a museum setting.

Hate and Antisemitism in Ohio: The Universal Message: What Can We Do?: May 28, 2020*
*Part II
Have you noticed an increase in antisemitic incidents and extremist rhetoric? The ADL shared in a report released on May 12 that antisemitic incidents in 2019 were at the highest level since they started tracking in 1979. On top of that, the COVID-19 pandemic – and the fear associated with uncertainty – has potentially only amplified this trend as people search for scapegoats.

Dan Hurley Shares his Father’s World War II Military Experience: May 26, 2020
Hurley shares stories about his father, a white officer with an all African American company that was led by a Jewish Captain in the heart of the home of the Nazi movement.

Antisemitism and Hate in the Era of COVID-19: May 21, 2020*
*Part I
Have you noticed an increase in antisemitic incidents and extremist rhetoric? The ADL shared in a report released on May 12 that antisemitic incidents in 2019 were at the highest level since they started tracking in 1979. On top of that, the COVID-19 pandemic – and the fear associated with uncertainty – has potentially only amplified this trend as people search for scapegoats.

Museum Mornings: Preserving Artifacts with HHC Curator Cori Silbernagel: May 14, 2020
HHC’s Curator, Cori Silbernagel, speak about her role at HHC, our collections, and how you can care for artifacts at home in order to preserve memories for the future.

Digital Yom HaShoah Commemoration: April 21, 2020
This virtual commemoration with a communal moment of silence is part of a week of moving Holocaust remembrance programs to remember the six million victims of the Holocaust and honor the survivors.