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Holocaust Speaker Series: Halina Herman
July 21, 2021 @ 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, July 21 at 11:00 am via Zoom with Halina Herman.
Halina Kramarz Herman, is a child survivor of the Holocaust, born in Warsaw, Poland, at the beginning of World War 2. 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.
After the war ended, she was reunited with her mother in Cracow. She continued being an observant Catholic, went to a school run by nuns, had a first communion, and did not discover her true identity till she was 10 years old, at which time she and her mother left Poland.
They spent 2 years in Paris, France, as refugees, and from there were sent to Montreal, Canada as a permanent residence. Halina finished high school, and because her mother always stressed education she received her Bachelor’s and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees from the prestigious McGill University in Montreal. She married her husband, also a child survivor, and they moved to the United States. At the age of 45, she went back to school and earned her Masters’ and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology.
She is currently a clinical psychologist, living in St. Petersburg, Florida, with her husband Emil Edward Herman. She is a frequent speaker at the Florida Holocaust Museum, and active in other civic endeavors. She has two children, and four grandchildren.
She feels her life was saved for a reason, and is trying to, one person at a time, to create a future world free of prejudice.
Generously sponsored by Margaret and Michael Valentine and presented in partnership with the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center and Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.