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, June 29 at 11:00 am via Zoom with Andrea Herzig. 

Andrea Angell Herzig is a retired educator and author of “Courage in the Little Suitcase.” The novel, written for middle grades, is historical fiction that centers on her distant relative, Mordechai Anielewicz, leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. At 20 years old, Anielewicz led 300 to 500 young men and women between the ages of 13 and 30 to fight back against the Nazis during the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto. Andrea shares this heroic, but tragic story, and also inspires audiences to stand up for what is just and morally right. Andrea lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she is an active volunteer, including as a speaker and interpreter for the Holocaust and Humanity Center.

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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, June 22 at 11:00 am via Zoom with Cheryl Hecht.

Cheryl Hecht tells the story of her father, David Hochstein, a Holocaust survivor from Cologne, Germany. Rescued by a Kindertransport, he was taken to London when he was 15. The Kindertransport movement was unique in that people of many religions came together to rescue 10,000 mostly Jewish children, bringing them to Great Britain. David’s story is one example of a teenager’s resilience, perseverance, and strength, during the Holocaust. Cheryl has worked as a professional and volunteer in the Jewish community. A graphic designer, she recently retired from the Mayerson JCC after 19 years.

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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, June 15 at 11:00 am via Zoom with Conrad Weiner.

Conrad was born in Storojinetz, a small town in Bucovina, once part of Romania (currently part of the Ukraine) in 1938. After a brief occupation of the region by the Soviet Army in 1941, Romanian authorities in alliance with German forces, started a massive campaign of annihilation and deportation of Jews to Transnistria. They were taken by cattle car, a journey of two days and one night, and then forced to walk for two weeks in snow and mud to the forced labor camp, Budi. Conrad was 3 1/2 years old at the time. While in Budi, Conrad fell very ill. Many of the prisoners advised his mother to give up. Her response was that a mother does not give up on her child. Eventually, he was nursed back to health by his mother. In 1944, at the age of six, Conrad and the 300 surviving prisoners at Budi were liberated by the advancing Soviet Army and repatriated to Romania. In 1946, Romania became a Communist country. It wasn’t until July 1960 that the paperwork was approved and Conrad’s family was able to come to America. He settled in Cincinnati and graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in German and Russian Language and Literature. In 1968, he obtained a M.B.A. from the University of Cincinnati on a full-ride scholarship.

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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, June 8 at 11:00 am via Zoom with Mark Heiman.

Mark tells the story of his family, originally from Demmelsdorf, a small farming community in Bavaria. Mark’s grandfather, Karl, served in the German army in WWI. He later moved to Munich where he established a textile business and raised a family. Mark’s father, Paul, was 12 years old when he witnessed his Jewish school being burned down the day after Kristallnacht. Arrested on Kristallnacht, Karl was interned in Dachau concentration camp. After 30 days, Karl left Dachau and was given 48 hours to leave Germany. The journey took the family to Switzerland, France, England, and finally to Cincinnati where they settled and thrived. Mark also discusses events leading to the Holocaust and its relevance today.

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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, June 1 at 11:00 am via Zoom with Joyce Kamen.

Joyce, a semi-retired creative communications professional, conducted video interviews of nearly 40 of Cincinnati’s Holocaust survivors for the “Project Eternity” series, commissioned in the 1990s by Cincinnati’s Combined Generations of the Holocaust. In 1995, her Emmy award-winning documentary, “Because They Were Jews: Cincinnati Survivors of the Holocaust Remember”, was syndicated by PBS. Joyce tells the remarkable story of the extraordinary personal journey that she and her husband Fred have experienced since discovering in 2013 that Fred, who was adopted at birth, was the biological son of two Holocaust survivors. His mother Anna—then only 19—was living in Nazi-occupied Berlin when the war broke out. She was saved by a courageous Egyptian doctor. For over two years—and at great risk to his own life— Dr. Mohammed Helmy contrived an elaborate series of schemes to keep Anna from being deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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Join us in commemorating the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center’s third anniversary at Union Terminal with a special performance of American Jewish composer Steve Reich’s “Different Trains.”

As a child during World War II, Steve Reich rode trains between his divorced parents in New York and Los Angeles. Later in his life, he realized that had he been in Europe, he would have been on very “Different Trains,” those leading to extermination camps. The piece highlights the intersections of history by combining the recorded voices of Holocaust survivors, American train porters, and train sounds, with the playing of the string quartet, to create a powerful, moving experience, and one uniquely appropriate for performance at the Holocaust & Humanity Center at Union Terminal.

This performance by 4-Way, Cincinnati’s String quartet, will also include African-American composer Rhiannon Giddens’ song, “At the Purchaser’s Option.” The two pieces evoke memories of a tragic past filled with oppression and dehumanization, experienced by Jews during the Holocaust and African Americans during slavery. At the same time both reflect on humanity’s struggle for survival and dignity in the darkest hour.

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