June 12, 2003 |
German insurance companies that had never paid on Jewish claims during the Holocaust will allocate $59,400 this year for survivors in the Philadelphia area and $2.4 million nationwide. The first of 10 annual payments was announced last week as part of a $132 million global settlement between the companies and the International Commission on Holocaust-Era Insurance Claims. The money is being given to agencies that provide "essential social services to Jewish victims of Nazism," particularly home care, the commission said.
November 23, 1989 |
Edith Millman was 15 when she was placed in the Warsaw ghetto by the Nazis in 1941. She survived in that man-made hell for almost two years, and lost 48 members of her family in the Holocaust. After World War II ended, she emigrated to the United States and now lives in Upper Dublin Township. Hanna Silver survived the Holocaust as a young woman in Berlin, working for a company that produced sheet metal. She survived using forged papers and a fake, Aryan identity. She waited, for the duration of the war, with a kind of dread impossible to imagine as so many other Jews disappeared.
February 6, 1992 |
Fifty years ago, Nazi leaders gathered in a fashionable Berlin suburb to plot the eradication of European Jews. Yesterday, Philadelphia-area survivors of the Holocaust told a House subcommittee of their experiences during that terrible time. Rep. Peter Kostmayer, D-Pa., said he held the hearing because there are several generations that have not been touched by the Holocaust and he thinks people need to be reminded. Edith Millman, of Willow Grove, Montgomery County, was 15 when the Nazis began bombing Warsaw, Poland.
April 23, 1990 |
These are the words of Isabella Leitner, recalling the moment she was brought out from Nazi bondage 45 years ago: "We are liberated! Barefoot, wearing only a single garment each, we all surge out into the brutal January frost and snow of Eastern Germany and run toward the troops. "Shrieks of joy. Shrieks of pain. Shrieks of deliverance. All the pent-up hysteria accumulated over years of pain and terror suddenly released. "I have never since heard sounds like those we uttered, sounds released from the very depths of our being.
November 12, 1989 |
Abram Shnaper, 70, a Holocaust survivor, is not happy today. Rachmil Zygumtowicz, 68, also a Holocaust survivor, is worried. And survivor Mina Kalter, 65, is concerned. "My heart gave me a jump. I had palpitations," Kalter said, describing her reaction to watching television last week as East Germany opened its borders. While most of the world has greeted the opening of the Berlin Wall as a positive turning point in East-West relations, many Holocaust survivors have an uneasy feeling.
December 7, 2001 |
Amir Bar-Lev's Fighter could have been called The Fighter and the Writer. A brilliant and engaging documentary about two friends and Holocaust survivors - men in their 70s who share similar backgrounds and are brought together by the filmmaker to retrace their journeys and reclaim their memories. The film speaks to fundamental issues of history, truth, and the philosophical conflicts of humankind. Jan Wiener, a feisty, mustachioed, white-haired figure, and Arnost Lustig, a sardonic, bespectacled fellow, are both Czech emigres living in America.
December 21, 2008 |
As a little boy in Czechoslovakia, Emil Paul got pennies - gelt - for Hanukkah. Growing up in Romania, Lili Goldener got gifts of sleds and scarves and coats each day of the holiday. And for her "crime" of being Jewish, the Nazis sent Goldener to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. They sent Paul to the Mauthausen labor camp in Austria. Their parents and 10 of their 18 siblings perished in Nazi camps. But Emil and Lili survived, and with them their faith traditions endure.
June 20, 2006 |
Karessa Meitzke Foldvary, 90, formerly of Broomall, a retired nurse who cared for concentration camp survivors at the end of World War II, died Wednesday at Lima Estates, a retirement community in Media, of complications from a hip fracture. A native of Amherst, Ohio, Mrs. Foldvary graduated from the Elyria Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Ohio. In 1942, she enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps and shipped overseas in November 1944. After several weeks treating soldiers on the front line in France, she helped set up field hospitals in Germany with as many as 1,100 cots, her daughter Sharon Molino said.
May 5, 2011 |
Itka Zygmuntowicz remembers everything. Every agonizing detail. Years, decades were stripped away when she read from her own book of poetry recently at a Holocaust survivors reunion at the National Museum of American Jewish History: A number is tattooed for life on my arm On my mind, my heart, my soul. I remember the killing center of Auschwitz And the six million voices that call. Do not forget us! Zygmuntowicz, 85, a native of Poland, was one of about three dozen elderly men and women who had once been interviewed as part of Steven Spielberg's Survivors of the Shoah project, conducted from 1994 to 1999.
April 18, 1995 |
Holocaust survivors and the children of survivors will speak at several area synagogues, churches and universities in observance of Holocaust Remembrance Week, which begins Friday and continues through April 30. April 27 is Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. It marks the 50th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and the end of World War II. IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY Suzanne Gross will share her experiences as...