April 30, 2016
By Hannah Dougherty Campbell I was standing in a gas chamber. Above me in this deep, dank cellar were rusty nozzles that once spewed Zyklon B. This was part of the tour our hotel clerk told us about - a visit to the Dachau concentration camp memorial to lay flowers for those who suffered and died during Adolf Hitler's Holocaust. We were a group of Americans who had come to Germany for the 1977 Oktoberfest. The bus ride from Munich to Dachau was a short 10 miles, but the distance from gaily decorated beer tents to the ghostly gray grounds of desolation and despair was incalculable.
April 29, 2015 |
Theodore B. Cohen, 92, of Narberth, a psychoanalyst who specialized in treating children and adolescents for more than 60 years, died Wednesday, April 22, of dementia at his home. Dr. Cohen was well known for his active study and practice, both focused on what he called "the vulnerable child. " He was deeply committed to understanding children, how they learned, and how their mental health issues could be overcome. In 1976, he organized the first international meeting centered on children and adolescents.
April 16, 2015 |
Bernie Lens, 94, often carries a handful of photographs in his shirt pocket. The images are from Dachau concentration camp, some from the very day in the spring of 1945 when, as a young American soldier, he was ordered to the site 12 miles outside Munich. Two prisoners, he says, died in his arms as he was carrying them to freedom. Though seven decades have passed, the memory of what he encountered continues to haunt him. "There's not a day that goes by that I don't relive what happened," said the Yardley resident, reaching to share the photos of horror - piles of bodies, almost unrecognizably human.
March 19, 2015 |
Willy Herbst, 93, of Philadelphia, a Holocaust survivor who later helped free prisoners from the Dachau concentration camp, died Tuesday, March 10, of complications from a hip fracture at the Hearth at Drexel in Bala Cynwyd. Mr. Herbst was born in Zaberfeld, Germany, and trained as a baker in Heidelberg. In 1939, at 18, he was among the Jewish men sent to the Paderborn concentration camp by the Nazis to perform forced labor. According to an oral history Mr. Herbst gave the Jewish Virtual Library, he collapsed while being marched to a quarry in late 1939.
April 5, 2014 |
To hear Mark Nadler tell it in his cabaret act I'm a Stranger Here Myself , the only point of the Weimar Republic was to provide gay men with a decadent Eden. But unlike the sexy, funny, edgy Kander and Ebb musical Cabaret , also about the Weimar Republic, this show at the Prince Music Theater is cloying. Also boring. Also melodramatic. Also strident. Nadler, a New York cabaret entertainer, tells us he is both gay and Jewish, and returns again and again to the theme of Nazi persecution of both Jews and homosexuals - with photos projected on the upstage wall (as though anyone in the audience might not have seen them before or heard of Dachau)
October 22, 2013 |
In his 105 years, William Aloysius Mohr has experienced many important days. The day his father died in a printing plant accident. The day his mother, destitute, sent him and his twin brother to an orphanage. The days he spent in the Army during World War II. The day he married his wife, Josephine, and the days his four children were born. The day he retired, at 93. On Sunday, Bill Mohr's family, friends, and neighbors gathered to celebrate a few more important milestones - his 105th birthday, a renewal of vows after 70 years of marriage, and the award of an honorary degree from St. Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia.
October 18, 2013 |
The government shutdown ruined plans of Lancaster high school students to visit the Holocaust Museum in Washington, but a Philadelphia group jumped in Wednesday to offer a vivid firsthand lesson of the 20th century's great horror. "They called us and their first question was, 'Are you open?' " said Phil Holtje, program director of the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center in Northeast Philadelphia. The center was open. But the theater and bigger rooms at the Klein Jewish Community Center, where the museum is housed, were already booked.
June 7, 2012 |
Samuel White, 92, formerly of Hatboro, a retired tool-and-die maker and a World War II combat engineer, died Sunday, June 3, of pneumonia at Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community in Lancaster County. Mr. White graduated from Horsham High School in 1938 and then had several jobs, including working in a cement-block factory. In 1942, he enlisted in the Army and was assigned to the 36th Combat Engineer Regiment. He participated in amphibious assaults on Algiers, Sicily, Anzio, and southern France, removing concrete beach obstacles, detonating booby traps, and laying bridges under fire.
March 8, 2012 |
Ernie Gross, 83, of Northeast Philadelphia, was a 16-year-old Orthodox Jew from Romania when on April 29, 1945, he found himself waiting to be put to death at the Dachau concentration camp in Germany. Don Greenbaum, 87, of Bala Cynwyd, was a 20-year-old corporal from Philadelphia who, with hundreds of fellow U.S. soldiers, arrived to liberate Dachau that very day, literally in the nick of time to save Gross' life. For almost 67 years, neither knew the other existed. Now, they have found each other, and are becoming friends - two white-haired men with a shared determination that the world must never forget the six million Jews, along with million of others considered undesirable, who were murdered by the Nazis in World War II. "I always wanted to meet somebody who liberated me, because I wasn't clear at the time," said Gross, who spoke Romanian and Yiddish as a child.
March 7, 2012 |
How do you sum up the work of songwriter Robert B. Sherman? Try one word: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. The tongue-twisting term, sung by the magical nanny Mary Poppins, is like much of Sherman's work - both complex and instantly memorable for child and adult alike. Mr. Sherman, who died in London on Monday at 86, was half of a sibling partnership that put songs into the mouths of nannies and Cockney chimney sweeps, jungle animals and Parisian felines.