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Holocaust Speaker Series: Hershel Greenblat
August 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Holocaust Speaker Series, held each Wednesday at 11:00 am, features Holocaust survivors and descendants of survivors sharing stories of life before, during, and after the Holocaust. Join us on Wednesday, August 10 at 11:00 am via Zoom with Hershel Greenblat, a guest speaker from the Charleston Jewish Federation’s REMEMBER Program Speakers Bureau.
In present-day Ukraine, Hershel Greenblat was born with the name Grischa Grinblat in 1941. Prior to World War II, his mother was born in Kremenchug, Ukraine and his father was born in Lublin, Poland. They married in a synagogue shortly after the beginning of World War II, and (Grisha) Greenblat was born a year later. Both of Greenblat’s parents were part of the resistance against the Nazis and later the Russians. The first years of Greenblat’s life were spent hiding in a network of underground caves. While his immediate family survived the Holocaust, most of his extended family did not.
After the war, his family rushed westward to avoid the descent of Russia’s Iron Curtain. For five years, the family moved from one Displaced Persons (DP) Camp to another where conditions were almost unlivable. Around 1948, Greenblat’s mother applied for refuge in the United States and their application was accepted.
In 1950, Greenblat and his family arrived at Ellis Island in the United States. On Thanksgiving night, they rode a train to Atlanta, Georgia. In Atlanta, Greenblat dedicates his time to sharing his story in schools, community centers, and for any organization that requests him.
Generously sponsored by Margaret and Michael Valentine and presented in partnership with the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, and the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.