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Holocaust Speaker Series

Andrea Herzig: June 29, 2022
Andrea Angell 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. Andrea shares this heroic, but tragic story, and also inspires audiences to stand up for what is just and morally right. Andrea lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she is an active volunteer, including as a speaker and interpreter for the Holocaust and Humanity Center.

Cheryl Hecht: June 22, 2022
Cheryl Hecht 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. The Kindertransport movement was unique in that people of many religions came together to rescue 10,000 mostly Jewish children, bringing them to Great Britain. David’s story is one example of a teenager’s resilience, perseverance, and strength, during the Holocaust. Cheryl has worked as a professional and volunteer in the Jewish community. A graphic designer, she recently retired from the Mayerson JCC after 19 years.

Conrad Weiner: June 15, 2022
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. Conrad was 3 1/2 years old at the time. While in Budi, Conrad fell very ill. Many of the prisoners advised his mother to give up. Her response was that a mother does not give up on her child. Eventually, he was nursed back to health by his mother. In 1944, at the age of six, Conrad and the 300 surviving prisoners at Budi were liberated by the advancing Soviet Army and repatriated to Romania. In 1946, Romania became a Communist country. It wasn’t until July 1960 that the paperwork was approved and Conrad’s family was able to come to America. He settled in Cincinnati and graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in German and Russian Language and Literature. In 1968, he obtained a M.B.A. from the University of Cincinnati on a full-ride scholarship.

Mark Heiman: June 8, 2022
Mark tells the story of his family, originally from Demmelsdorf, a small farming community in Bavaria. Mark’s grandfather, Karl, 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. After 30 days, Karl left Dachau and was given 48 hours to leave Germany. The journey took the family to Switzerland, France, England, and finally to Cincinnati where they settled and thrived. Mark also discusses events leading to the Holocaust and its relevance today.

Joyce Kamen: June 1, 2022
Joyce, a semi-retired creative communications professional, conducted video interviews of nearly 40 of Cincinnati’s Holocaust survivors for the “Project Eternity” series, commissioned in the 1990s by Cincinnati’s Combined Generations of the Holocaust. In 1995, her Emmy award-winning documentary, “Because They Were Jews: Cincinnati Survivors of the Holocaust Remember”, was syndicated by PBS. Joyce tells the remarkable story of the extraordinary 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. His mother Anna—then only 19—was living in Nazi-occupied Berlin when the war broke out. She was saved by a courageous Egyptian doctor. For over two years—and at great risk to his own life— Dr. Mohammed Helmy contrived an elaborate series of schemes to keep Anna from being deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Sue Ginsburg: May 18, 2022
Sue Ginsburg, the daughter of two Holocaust survivors, tells the story of her paternal cousin Lili Lebovitz. Lili was born on December 15, 1931 in Irshava, Czechoslovakia. Lili was the only child of her parents: Esther Yiti and Meyer Lebovitz. Most of the Jews of Irshava were peddlers, shopkeepers, and traders. But Lili was born into a very prosperous family. Her mother’s father owned the bank in town and her father’s father owned one of the town’s two sawmills. Her life was upended during World War II, and she was eventually sent to Auschwitz.

Al Miller: May 4, 2022
Dr. Al Miller was born in Berlin, Germany in 1922. His family owned a successful clothing company, and he has many happy memories of his early childhood. As an active youth, he enjoyed sports until one day he arrived at his favorite recreation center to find it forbidden to Jews. He also was an enthusiastic student. He remembers many of his childhood friends joining the Hitler Youth and wearing their uniforms with pride and cutting him out of their lives for being Jewish. He was the last Jewish student to remain in his class until it was made too uncomfortable for him to stay. In 1936, Al attended the infamous Berlin Olympics in which American runner Jesse Owens won four medals. As conditions became worse for the Jews of Germany, his family put together a plan to leave the country and resettle elsewhere. Al departed Nazi Germany in 1937 for Switzerland, while his brother was sent to England. His parents remained in Germany, enduring Kristallnacht and hiding in a friend’s home. The family was eventually to reunite in England before immigrating to America in 1939. Al settled in Hamilton, Ohio where he practiced optometry until his retirement.

Sarah Weiss: April 27, 2022
Weiss joined the staff of the Holocaust & Humanity Center in 2004. She was appointed executive director in 2007 – working to formulate lasting partnerships with organizations and educational institutions locally, nationally, and internationally. As the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Weiss brings a personal connection and passion to her work. She is a graduate of a competitive course at the esteemed Yad Vashem International School for Holocaust Studies, in addition to completing the Lerner Fellowship through the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous at Columbia University. Weiss has impacted the community in several roles outside of her work at the Holocaust & Humanity Center. She served as director of the Jewish Community Relations Council at the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati from 2011 to 2017. Building bridges between Jewish and non-Jewish communities, Weiss advocated on behalf of the Jewish community, and Israel, during a time when antisemitism and hate-related crimes increased locally and nationwide. 

Sonia Milrod: April 20, 2022
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 tells the amazing story of their very different journeys and also how they met and married in Shanghai. 

Hagit Limor: April 13, 2022
Hagit Limor is the daughter of Holocaust survivor Menachem “Moniek” Limor, who was only 8 years old when the Nazis invaded his hometown of Czestochowa, Poland in 1939. Through a series of miracles he survived the ghetto, several hideouts, a labor camp, and a cattle car train to Buchenwald Concentration Camp, where ultimately, American soldiers liberated him in 1945. Of 200 extended family members before the war, only five survived. Moniek’s Legacy seeks to empower people to fight bigotry today. Hagit is a ten-time Emmy Award winning freelance journalist after years working for network affiliates. She also serves as a full professor at the University of Cincinnati CCM Electronic Media Division.

Ben Goldwater: April 6, 2022
Ben Goldwater was born in December 1938, in Brussels, Belgium.  He was living in Mons, Belgium (17km from French border) when the war broke out in 1939.  On May 10, 1940 the Nazis occupied his town. Ben’s father joined the Belgian underground against the Nazi war effort.  Ben’s family lived under constant fear of denunciation as Jews. They fled their home twice as they escaped the local Gestapo.  Ben’s parents soon decided that they needed to protect him and his sister, and through his father’s underground contacts were able to secure a hiding place with a local family, whom they paid. Ben, age 3, and his sister remained with the family for 14 months and were treated terribly – the family often stole their food rations and at one point decided to turn them in to the Gestapo.  Realizing the poor conditions their children lived under, Ben’s parents took him and his sister and left for Messire, Belgium.  They would live there under false identities until the end of the war.

Barbara McCoucha: March 30, 2022
Barbara tells the story of her mother, Vera Gutin, a Holocaust survivor. Vera’s earliest memories begin with the events of Kristallnacht in her hometown of Trier, Germany. 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. Barbara uses Vera’s personal notes, photos, and documents, presenting the story her mother shared before her, with additional information Barbara gathered on her own journey to Europe in 2018. Barbara is a senior support specialist at a local elementary school and spends her weekends volunteering as a storyteller in her temple’s library. She hopes her mother’s story of survival, risk, and the care of strangers will inspire people today to care for strangers in need.

Erna Gorman: March 23, 2022
Erna Gorman was born in France to a Polish father and Ukrainian mother. She traveled with her parents and older sister to her father’s hometown south of Warsaw for her aunt’s wedding in the summer of 1939, and the onset of the war made it impossible for the family to return home. They eventually made their way to Erna’s mother’s hometown. Her father survived an Einsatzgruppen massacre, and the family ultimately hid for 18 months in the hay loft of a barn on a remote Ukrainian farm.

Steven Wasserman: March 16, 2022
Steven mother and her family, the Ichenhäusers, were a thoroughly assimilated Jewish-German family with roots in the Cologne area dating back hundreds of years. They led rich lives there, enjoying the city’s urban lifestyle and vibrant cultural life. In the early 20th century, three sons even served in the German army during the first world war. But when the Nazis arrived, they spared no Jews regardless of how long their families had lived in Germany and notwithstanding their service in the German military. Steven’s mother, along with some of her family, managed to escape the Nazi regime in 1938, but many family members and family friends did not.

Ron & Steve Coppel: March 9, 2022
Ron and Steve are the sons of two Holocaust Survivors, Trudy and Werner Coppel. Both their parents have amazing stories of survival, perseverance, rebuilding and love which is featured throughout the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center. 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, Werner spoke at schools, churches, meetings and public gatherings stressing the ills of hate and prejudice but also encouraging his audiences to stand up to them even when they didn’t apply to them personally. Ron lives in Chicago, Illinois where he is a member of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s Speakers Bureau. Steve is a docent at HHC as well as a member of our Coppel Speakers Bureau, which was named in memory of Werner & Trudy.

Ruth Barnett: March 2, 2022
Ruth tells the moving story of her mother, Irene Levin, who was born Josepha Weil in 1927. Josepha was a child of a large, prosperous, secular family in the Sudetenland, a German corridor of western Czechoslovakia. Josepha was just over eleven years old when her father died, and Hitler walked through the Sudetenland. By December 1941, Josepha, her mother, Irena, and stepfather, Georg, were deported to Terezin, where they spent over two years. Deportation to Auschwitz and slave labor at a sub-camp called Christianstadt followed.

Walter Frank: February 23, 2022

Walter C. Frank was born in Kaiserslautern, Germany, February 10, 1937. His father and mother decided to flee Germany from fear of what the Nazis might–and eventually did–do. They tried to persuade Walter’s father’s parents, brothers, and sisters to leave. The family had for centuries worked in the livestock trade in their hometown in Northern Germany. Because of their long-term relationship with their neighbors and customers, they could not envision any real threat. Because Walter was very young, he has limited memories of the war. He and his family arrived at Union Terminal in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati had a number of German Jewish immigrants who formed a tight community around the New Hope Synagogue.  

Melissa Hunter: February 16, 2022

Melissa W. Hunter, author of What She Lost, is a writer and blogger from Cincinnati. She studied creative writing and journalism at the University of Cincinnati, receiving a BA in English literature and a minor in Judaic studies. Her novel What She Lost is inspired by her grandmother’s life as a Holocaust survivor.

Joan Kodish: February 9, 2022

Joan Allyn 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. For many years, Ms Kodish was the president of her own law firm in Cleveland OH, which she closed in favor of graduate studies in Judaics. When she is not speaking about her mother’s childhood as impacted by the Nazi’s institutional anti-Semitism, Joan is a wife, a mother and raises a basset hound and a dachshund.

Ray Warren: February 2, 2022

Ray tells the inspirational story of his mother and father, both Holocaust survivors. Ray’s mother, Fannie, was born in the small town of Zwolen, Poland in 1916. Her father was a merchant, and his store building also served as the family’s house. In 1940, Fannie got married. Both she and her husband were sent to labor camps in late 1942. Fannie went through several labor camps, including Policzna (a farm) and Skarzysko (an ammunition plant), before being sent to Bergen-Belsen in the winter of 1944. British liberators arrived on April 15, 1945. Of her family, only she and her brother Chaim survived. Fannie remarried to Max in 1947, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1949. Ray’s father, Max, was born in the city of Lodz, Poland in 1905. He was married in 1935. He was sent for labor in Eastern Poland and later to Siberia in Russia. Of his family, only a nephew, Ray, survived the war. They were reunited several years after the war ended.

Eva Schloss: January 26, 2022

Born Eva Geiringer in Vienna, Austria, Eva and her family fled to the Netherlands after Germany annexed Austria in 1938. They were neighbors of Anne Frank’s family during their time in Amsterdam. After the Nazis occupied the Netherlands, Eva and her family went into hiding. The family was later betrayed and sent to Westerbork Concentration Camp and then to Auschwitz II-Birkenau. After the war, Eva and her mother moved back to Amsterdam and reconnected with Otto Frank, whom her mother married — making Eva Anne Frank’s posthumous stepsister.

Sandy Kaltman: January 12, 2022

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 homeland. 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. Roma was then sent from Auschwitz to Stutthof. Once the Allies advanced towards Stutthof, the Nazis forced all prisoners out of the camp onto a death march. They walked for about a week when finally Roma escaped the death march by rolling into a ravine alongside the road.

Henry Fenichel: January 5, 2022

Henry was born in The Netherlands in 1938. Shortly after the Nazi rise to power, sensing the danger, Henry’s parents sent a request for their relocation to Palestine where his father’s family resided. After Henry’s father was deported and murdered by the Nazis in Auschwitz, Henry and his mother still had no response to their request to immigrate. They then went into hiding. When Henry was four years old, he and his mother’s hiding place was discovered and they were transported to the Westerbork transit camp and later to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Through a miraculous series of events, Henry’s mother was able to get them on the list for “transport 222”. In June 1944, Henry, his mother and 220 other Dutch individuals left Bergen-Belsen, eventually arriving to freedom in British Mandate Palestine.

Judith Rapport: December 29, 2021

Judith shares the story of her grandfather, Judge Walter Wertheim, during the Holocaust and his legacy. Walter recalled the event of Kristallnacht and his journey alone from his home in Monchengladbach, Germany to England on the Kindertransport. He was able to reunite with his father in the United States. Once in America, he graduated high school at 16 and enlisted in the army gaining citizenship through service. Walter went on to settle in Cleveland, OH serving as an administrative law judge and having three children, 7 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. Walter felt strongly about educating about the Holocaust and preventing hate in the modern world.

Peggy Dorfman: December 22, 2021

Peggy is a volunteer docent and speaker with the Kol Israel Foundation. (Kol Israel is a small organization in Cleveland, Ohio that was formed in 1959 by a group of Holocaust Survivors that settled in Cleveland. Because they had no family, they started a social organization that now provides Holocaust education to middle and high school students across Northeast Ohio.) Peggy chose to get involved in Holocaust education because she is the daughter of European born Jews who fled Nazi persecution and immigrated to the United States in 1939.

Dan Hurley: December 15, 2021

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 that was led by a Jewish Captain in the heart of the home of the Nazi movement. Hurley is writing a book about the hundreds of letters his father sent to his mother during the war.

Helen Marks: December 8, 2021

Helen shares her story.

Gary Brooks: November 24, 2021

Dr. Gary 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. Of his four family members, only Ivan and Hildegard survived the war. Separated from the rest of her family after the Allied victory, Gary’s mother was sent to a displaced person’s camp in 1945. Hildegard located her father nearly ten years after the war ended, but they were never reunited. Hildegard met and married a Cincinnati airman and came to America through Union Terminal in 1948, where she was greeted by Gary’s paternal grandfather, a baggage clerk at Union Terminal. Dr. Brooks is a professional watercolor artist and retired educator, having been a teacher, principal, and superintendent for more than three decades.

Dr. Al Miller & Steve Coppel: November 10, 2021

Dr. Al Miller was born in Berlin, Germany in 1922. Al departed Nazi Germany in 1937 for Switzerland, while his brother was sent to England. His parents remained in Germany, enduring Kristallnacht and hiding in a friend’s home. The family was eventually to reunite in England before immigrating to America in 1939. Al settled in Hamilton, Ohio where he practiced optometry until his retirement. 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 HHC. Steve’s dad, Werner, was a survivor of Auschwitz. He was the first Holocaust survivor in Cincinnati to speak publicly about his experiences. 

Tom M. Schaumberg: November 3, 2021

Tom shares his story.

Michael A. Meyer, PhD: October 20, 2021

Dr. Meyer was born in Berlin, Germany and grew up in Los Angeles, where he received his B.A. (with highest honors) from UCLA. His doctorate is from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. Meyer’s NEW BIOGRAPHY OF LEO BAECK affirms Baeck’s place in history as a courageous community leader and as one of the most significant Jewish religious thinkers of the twentieth century

No Speaker Series - Simchat Torah: September 29, 2021

Matt Yosafat: September 22, 2021

Matt was born in Katerini, Greece, in 1936. In 1942, he 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, but the outbreak of a civil war led the family to emigrate to the United States in 1951. In 1955, Matt met his wife, Anneliese — who had arrived in the United States with her family shortly after the war — and they were soon married in 1959.

Roni Berenson: September 15, 2021

Roni shares her story.

No Speaker Series - Rosh Hashanah: September 8, 2021

Abraham Ross, MD: August 25, 2021

Abraham (Abe) Ross was born in his grandparents’ house in the village of Lubishchitsky, Belarus (Poland). In 2008 and 2018, Abraham returned to Belarus; he visited towns where his family lived, partisan forests, and killing sites where his family was murdered. He decided to share his mother, Sara’s, experiences over 30 years ago because he feels it is important to continue his mother’s mission of bearing witness. 

Erika Gold: July 28, 2021

Erika shares her story.

Halina Herman: July 21, 2021

Halina is a child survivor of the Holocaust, born in Warsaw, Poland, at the beginning of World War II. Most of her family, including her father, a physician from Warsaw, were killed during the Holocaust. Her mother was able to save herself and her child by obtaining false identity papers. While her mother worked in Cracow, Halina was put in a small village, Chernichow near Cracow. She grew up there believing she was Catholic, and not knowing her real identity or name.

Rachael Cerrotti: July 7, 2021

Rachael Cerrotti is an award-winning photographer, writer, educator and audio producer as well as the inaugural Storyteller in Residence for USC Shoah Foundation. For over a decade, she has been retracing her grandmother’s Holocaust survival story and documenting the echoes of WWII. In the fall of 2019, she released a narrative podcast, titled We Share The Same Sky, about this story. Rachael’s memoir, also titled We Share The Same Sky, will be published in August 2021 and is now available for pre-order.

Dr. Edith Eva Eger: May 19, 2021

A native of Hungary, Edith Eva Eger was just 16 years old in 1944 when she experienced one of the worst evils the human race has ever known. As a Jew living in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe, she and her family were sent to Auschwitz, the heinous death camp. Her parents lost their lives there. She and her sister survived even though they were subjected to horrible treatment by Dr. Josef Mengele and survived the Death March in Austria. In 1949, she and her young family moved to the United States. She has spent much of her professional time working with members of the military helping them to recover from, and cope with, the ongoing effects of PTSD. In the fall of 2017 at the age of 90, her memoir, THE CHOICE: EMBRACE THE POSSIBLE, was published.

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. 

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. 

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.

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

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, where she remained until liberation.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

 

Conversations, Film Screenings, and More

The Legacy of the Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda: A Conversation with Survivor Thomas Habimana: December 9
On the eve of Human Rights Day, HHC will discuss the legacy of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda, with local survivor Thomas Habimana, via Zoom. Thomas’ mother, father members of the Tutsi tribe were killed by the genocidaires, members of their own church congregation during the genocide in 1994. The genocide took place during a 100-day period between April and July. Nearly one million ethnic Tutsi and moderate Hutu were killed as the international community and UN peacekeepers stood by.

Hate at Home: Understanding the Rise in Violent Extremism: November 4
The event features renowned speakers Dr. Arie W. Kruglanski, a Distinguished Professor of Psychology and scholar studying violent extremism, and Shannon Foley Martinez, a former violent white supremacist who has two decades of experience in developing community resource platforms aimed at inoculating individuals against violence-based lifestyles and ideologies. Moderated by mediator and conflict resolution trainer Sherri Goren Slovin, this intimate and compelling discussion will focus on efforts to combat radicalization and rehabilitate violent extremists. Speakers will explore why individuals fall prey to extremist movements and ideologies, how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated violent extremist recruitment and radicalization, and why healthy societies must prevent and take on extremist movements to function.  

The Ravine: A Family, A Photograph, A Holocaust Massacre Revealed: June 23
What can one photograph reveal about the atrocities of the Holocaust and its impact on a family? Join us to hear from Dr. Wendy Lower, author of The Ravine: A Family, A Photograph, A Holocaust Massacre Revealed as she shares her journey to uncover what took place during massacres in Ukraine during the Holocaust based on a single, rare photograph. Dr. Lower’s research unlocks a new understanding of the place of the family unit in the ideology of Nazi genocide.

What's Going On With the Recent Surge in Antisemitism?: May 27
During the two weeks of military conflict between Israel and Hamas in May 2021, antisemitic incidents in the U.S. reported to the Anti-Defamation League increased by 75% compared to the two weeks before the fighting began. In this short conversation, HHC CEO Sarah Weiss and Jewish Community Relations Council of Cincinnati Director Jackie Congedo discuss why the conflict between Israel and Hamas has caused a sharp rise in antisemitic incidents reported by American Jews, what’s happening locally in Ohio, and how you can stand up against antisemitism today.

Intergenerational Trauma, Memory, and Stories Carried Forward featuring Dr. Marianne Hirsch: May 4
How is trauma transmitted across generations and how do descendants of Holocaust survivors and other atrocities remember these events? Join us to hear Dr. Marianne Hirsch speak on intergenerational trauma and memory. Hirsch coined the term “postmemory” to describe how descendants of Holocaust survivors experienced the trauma of their forebears. Using the lenses of visual culture and gender, Hirsch will reveal how intergenerational trauma plays a role in the stories and memories that are carried forward and remembered.

Antisemitism in Our World Today: What Can You Do?: April 29
HHC remembers the lives lost to antisemitism and hate-based violence and learn how you can counter antisemitism in our world today. Through discussion with leading experts addressing contemporary antisemitism, we will consider the role each of us has, in our local communities and as an international community, to stand up against antisemitism and hatred in all forms. With hate on the rise and a global pandemic keeping us apart, it’s essential that we come together virtually across lines of difference. Let’s turn collective memory into collective action to make #NeverAgain a reality for all.

The Al and Jane Miller Fund Launch Celebration: April 22
The Al and Jane Miller Fund is a new fund to support educational partnerships with students and educators in the Hamilton, OH area. This fund will honor Al and Jane Miller, celebrate their impact in the community, and introduce this exciting new initiative that will engage future generations in carrying forward the stories and lessons of the Holocaust.

Dr. Ann Millin: Carrying Stories Forward: April 13
Every human life is a unique story. By sharing our stories with each other, we form communities that pass our stories on to future generations. These stories help us to remember who we are and therefore, what we must do. Join us to hear from featured speaker and historian Dr. Ann Millin, who will discuss her experience interviewing Holocaust survivors in Cincinnati and the importance of carrying these stories forward.

Students Carrying Stories Forward: Writing Contest Reflections: April 12
The inspiring words of HHC's Carrying the Stories Forward Writing Contest winners remind us of the importance of learning about Holocaust survivors’ experiences and serving as upstanders in today’s world. Listen to Kennedy Baioni, Megan Calme, Braeden Sample, and Bella Balster, students from Highlands High School and Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School, share excerpts from their compelling essays and poems.

Students Carrying Stories Forward: Maddie Nusbaum: April 12
HHC is proud to share the voices of students carrying forward the stories of Holocaust survivors. Through a partnership with Saint Ursula Academy and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, students in Allison Hinkel’s theater class wrote monologues inspired by the testimonies of local Holocaust survivors. In this video, Saint Ursula Academy student Maddie Nusbaum shares her moving monologue.

Students Carrying Stories Forward: Maddie Bruns: April 12
HHC is proud to share the voices of students carrying forward the stories of Holocaust survivors. Through a partnership with Saint Ursula Academy and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, students in Allison Hinkel’s theater class wrote monologues inspired by the testimonies of local Holocaust survivors. In this video, Saint Ursula Academy student Maddie Bruns shares her powerful monologue.

Yom HaShoah: Remembering for Tomorrow - Carrying Our Stories Forward: April 7
*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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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*
*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
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*
*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
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
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.