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Commemorate the Holocaust in an intimate setting. Shalom is partnering with Sydney Jewish Museum and March of the Living.

On 21st April, our online Zikaron BaSalon event will give you the opportunity to experience survivor testimony, without leaving your living room. Afterwards, you’ll have the chance to engage in our live discussion. Over one night, engage with loved ones’ memories like never before.

Register below for this online event on Tuesday 21st April. The link will only be sent to registered participants. Scroll down for more information on how to book tickets.

Survivor Bios

Eddy Boas

Born in The Hague, Holland, in 1940, Eddy was three months old when the Nazis invaded and three years old when his family was rounded up and sent to Holland’s Spoor train station. From there, he was loaded into a cattle wagon with his mother Sara, his father Philip and older brother Samuel, who everybody called “Boy”. They were deported to Westerbork concentration camp where they were kept in the largest barrack.

“We are the only family that went into the camps together and came out together,” says Eddy Boas, one of the youngest Jewish survivors of the Holocaust and author of I Am Not A Victim, I Am A Survivor.

Liora Kempler (telling John Grunstein story) – Please Note this session starts at 8pm

John Grunstein was born in Mehtelek, Hungary in 1924. During Pesach, in 1944 the Nazi’s came into Nagyszollos, and his family were forced into a ghetto. After four weeks, he was put on a train headed for Jászberény.  While many Hungarian Jews were being transported to death camps in Germany, Poland and Czechoslovakia. John escaped and made his way to the International Red Cross where his cousin Rabbi Grozinger was working for Raoul Wallenberg, and gave him false papers.

With the help of Rabbi Groszinger, John joined Carl Lutz and the Zionist movement run in the Swiss ‘glass’ house in Budapest. He was protected there along with three thousand other people.

At the end of the war, John had lost all of his immediate family, except for his sister Roszi, and most of his extended family had perished at the death camps or labour camps.

Linda Royal (telling Michael Margolin story) – Please Note this session starts at 8pm

Linda’s father, Michael Margolin and her grandparents fled Nazi-occupied Poland in 1939 and were saved together with 6,000 other Jewish refugees in Lithuania in 1940 by a Japanese diplomat, Chiune Sugihara, who was stationed there. At great personal risk and defying his government, he illegally issued transit visas to Japan to these desperate people, saving them from certain death.

John Weiss (telling Lotte Weiss story)

Lotte was born in Czechoslovakia into a large and loving family.  This came to an abrupt end when, in 1942, Lotte was forcibly deported, together with two of her sisters, to Auschwitz.

Tragically, three months later, the rest of her family were also taken, and Lotte, alone, miraculously survived three year’s slave labour in the death camp, from where only a handful returned.

The miracle of surviving, the miracle of meeting her husband and the greatest miracle of all – that of having children and continuing her family – have made Lotte strong.  Through her open heart, her never-ending good humour and positive  attitude to life, she has  shaken off the label of ‘ fate unknown’.

Mili Haber (telling Prof Richard Haber story)

Professor Richard Haber was born in Krakow in 1933. He spent part of his childhood in Krakow ghetto. After escaping with his parents he hid with a young woman. Early last year she was awarded the honorary title of Righteous Among Nations. Against all odds, Richard survived and was inspired to become a doctor so he could help others. Richard lives in Sydney with his 3 children, many grandchildren and a great grandchild. This story will be told across an inter-generational platform and will not be forgotten.

Physiologist : Amanda Gordon

Amanda Gordon is a Clinical and Health Psychologist who has been an active part of the community for many years. During this time – especially when she was involved as senior psychologist at Jewish House – she has worked actively and deliberately with survivors, children and later grandchildren and other descendants of survivors. She has presented at workshops and conferences, exploring and supporting the needs and mental health challenges of those who carry the trauma of previous generations.

Roy Glick (telling Henry Kasner story)

Henry was a young child living in Poland at the outbreak of world war II. This is the story of his family’s escape from war sieged Poland to the Siberian war camps, and his journey to the united states. My name is Roee Glick. I will be speaking about my grandfather’s fascinating history and our joint trip back to Poland last year.

When: 21st April 2020. Session will open at 6:45pm for a 7pm start

Where: Online. You will be sent a link to join to the email address that you book in with.

Please register below for one session of your choice.

For more information please email Heidi