A rich anthology collected by the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, To Life: The Past is Present, tells the stories of Holocaust survivors who made their homes in Hampton Roads. It is anchored by historical notes and archival information to create a well-rounded history of the Holocaust.
This panel discussion will provide insight into the process, importance, and educational value of the book, because without true stories of survival, we cannot properly honor the millions who perished. There is no doubt that the memories of those who were murdered are kept alive by those who tell their stories – and by those who document them.
Did Benny Fefer ever see his twin brother again? What happened to Hanns Loewenbach after his treacherous swim in freezing Baltic waters? How did Devorah Gutterman and her small daughter survive living in plain sight in World War II Poland? To Life: The Past Is Present will answer these questions and more through stories that open a personal window into what it was like to survive the Holocaust.
To Life: The Past Is Present contains recollections of ghetto and concentration camp survivors, hidden children, Jews on the run, refugees, and daring, selfless rescuers. Completing this historical arc are the accounts of military liberators who first witnessed the aftermath of the atrocities. All of these resilient people called Hampton Roads their home at one time in their lives.
The mission of the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater is to foster an understanding of the uniqueness and magnitude of the Holocaust, while inspiring students, teachers, and our community to champion human dignity in our constantly changing world.
President & CEO, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities
We look forward to seeing you at the Simon Family JCC on Monday, October 30, 2023 at 7:30 PM EDT!
The Simon Family JCC is located on the Reba & Sam Sandler Family Campus of the Tidewater Jewish Community, 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach, VA.
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You can support the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater by purchasing a copy of To Life: The Past Is Present here, or by contacting Elka Mednick, Director of the Holocaust Commission, at EMednick@UJFT.org