Edward Francell was born into a secular Jewish family in Paris in 1934. After the Nazis came to power in Germany, Francell and his family immigrated to the United States and settled in Los Angeles. At school Francell participated in fundraisers for refugees fleeing Europe. Francell graduated from Columbia University in 1956.
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Topics: Pre-War Jewish Life, Kristallnacht, The Camps, Holocaust Resistance, Remembering the Holocaust
Born in Poland in 1922, Norbert Friedman was forced into the Mielec concentration camp after the German invasion. He would survive eleven camps throughout the war building airplane engines for the German air force. After liberation Friedman completed his college education in Germany and immigrated to the United States in 1950.
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Topics: Start of War, The Camps, Holocaust Resistance, Liberation
Born in Ukraine in 1941, Hershel Greenblat spent the first two years of his life hiding in underground caves. His parents were resistance fighters who left him in the care of friends when they carried out attacks on the Nazis. After the war Greenblat’s family lived in a succession of displaced person camps before immigrating to the United States.
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Topics: Holocaust Resistance, After the War
Born in Bucharest, Romania in 1940, Andre Kessler attributes his survival during the Second World War to the landlord of his building who enabled his family to go into hiding for sixteen months. After the war Kessler escaped from behind the Iron Curtain to Austria and immigrated to the United States in 1951.
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Topics: Rise of Anti-Semitism, The Camps, Holocaust Resistance, After the War, Remembering the Holocaust
When the Nazis came to power in 1933, six-year-old Herbert Kohn was forced to leave public school in Frankfurt, Germany. The Nazis imprisoned Kohn’s father after Kristallnacht but released him a few weeks later because of his service in World War I. Kohn and his family immigrated to the United States in 1940.
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Topics: Pre-War Jewish Life, Rise of Anti-Semitism, Kristallnacht, Holocaust Resistance
Murray Lynn was born in Hungary in 1930. As a teenager he was deported to Auschwitz and forced to work as a slave laborer for more than a year. After liberation Lynn returned to his hometown and found few survivors of the Jewish community. He immigrated to the United States in 1948.
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Topics: Rise of Anti-Semitism, The Camps, After the War, Remembering the Holocaust
Tosia Schneider was born in Poland in 1928. During the Second World War, her family was forced into the Tluste ghetto, where her mother held a secret school for Jewish children in defiance of the Nazis. Schneider was eventually deported to a labor camp. The only survivor in her family, Schneider immigrated to the United States in 1950.
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Topics: Rise of Anti-Semitism, Start of War, The Ghettos, The Camps, Holocaust Resistance, After the War
Born in Denmark in 1952, Gitte Toben immigrated to the United States in 1979. She volunteers at the Museum of History and Holocaust Education because her father, Kjeld Johansen, was a member of the Danish resistance during World War II. He was injured during an attack on the Nazis and went underground to avoid capture.
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Topics: Start of War, Holocaust Resistance, After the War, Remembering the Holocaust
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