Holocaust Speaker Series

Ron & Steve Coppel

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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.