First Love

Falling in love for the first time is an important milestone in nearly everybody’s life. My milestone came at a highly unexpected time. It was the first year of WWII, the summer of 1940. I was home for my school vacation in our little town called Nagyszollos. Hungary was not yet visibly affected by the war; there were no air raids, and the life went on as before–that is, for people who were not Jewish. Each day, new laws appeared regulating the existence of Jews in Hungary. These laws stripped us of our right to go to school...

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My Dress

My Dress

Mama was very excited.  Her baby brother was getting married.  Willie had been bringing many beautiful women to our house, but I think that Anna, my future aunt, was the most beautiful. Our planning started as soon as the bride and groom decided on a wedding date.  Mama contacted the dressmaker, and they both decided on the dresses my mother and I would wear.  What color should our dresses be? How much material was needed?  What color shoes should we wear?  Will the dressmaker have enough time to complete the dresses on time? This was going...

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Adventure in a DP Camp: A Story Told to Me by My Parents

This is a true story which I know only because my parents told me about it. I don’t have a lot of stories about their experiences during and after the Second World War, but I remember this one very well. They liked to tell it to me. My parents were Jews born in Bendzin (also spelled “Bedzin”), Poland, where they lived vastly different lives.  My mother grew up in a middle-class religious home; my father came from an upper-class, well-to-do background.  I do not know how they eventually met and got married in 1940, when he was forty and...

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Archivist from US Holocaust Memorial Museum to Speak on Drawings from Child Survivors

Archivist from US Holocaust Memorial Museum to Speak on Drawings from Child Survivors

Artwork created by child Holocaust survivors will be the focus of a public lecture at the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center. “Children’s Drawings of Weir Courtney,” presented on Sunday, March 23, at 1 pm at the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building (12 Millstone Campus Drive, 63146), will feature Rebecca Erbelding, archivist at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM,) discussing an extraordinary cache of post-war drawings in the USHMM collection. After the Holocaust, the British government provided aid to more than 700...

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Holocaust Education Institute for Missouri Teachers To Be Held This Summer

A four-day Holocaust Education Institute for Missouri middle and high school educators who currently teach or plan to teach about the Holocaust will be held July 13 through 17 at the University of Missouri–Columbia. The Institute will provide a collaborative forum to learn about rationales, strategies and approaches to teaching the complex subject of the Holocaust to students. Participants will create lesson plans aligned to the Missouri Learning standards. The Institute is funded by a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council and support...

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