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Holocaust Speaker Series: Joel Nahari
October 27, 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, October 27 at 11:00 am via Zoom with Joel Nahari.
Joel’s parents both escaped the Holocaust as children. His mother, Ruth Dresel, was born in Germany in 1926, and experienced antisemitism before escaping to Israel with her family at age 9. Eight members of her family were murdered in the Holocaust, and the few known survivors escaped to Israel, China, England, Chile, and the United States. Joel’s father, Uri Nahari, was born in Czechoslovakia in 1924, and he too witnessed and experienced the brutality of the Nazis before escaping alone to Palestine in 1939 at age 14 where he was reunited with his sister who had escaped earlier. The Nazis murdered his entire immediate family with the exception of his sister, an aunt and 2 cousins. Both of Joel’s parents joined the Jewish underground army who were fighting the British and the Arab nations, and helped Israel gain independence in 1948. Joel and his family immigrated to the United States in 1967 and settled in upstate New York.
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.
This event is hosted as part of the Jewish Cincinnati Bicentennial. 2021 marks the 200th anniversary of Jewish community life in the city of Cincinnati, which formally began with the founding of Chestnut Street Cemetery. The Jewish community and the City of Cincinnati will commemorate this significant milestone through community celebrations, multi-generational programs and interactive experiences.