We are continuously adding next generation resources. Please send info via a reply, or email to email@example.com. (Last updated 11/10/18)
Local Oregon Survivor websites:
Alter Wiener, OJMCHE Speaker’s Bureau
Holocaust survivor Alter Wiener continues to share his life story at elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities, churches, book clubs, and other venues in the Portland, Oregon area. Many of his live presentations are open to the public; they are always free.
“More than a number: Next Generation Group member Philip Mandel started a project to share Holocaust survivor Alter Wiener’s story”
2014 Idaho State University 2nd Annual Holocaust Memorial Lecture with second generation speaker Phil Mandel
Les and Eva Aigner, OJMCHE Speaker’s Bureau
(Note: The broadcast contains some errors. Budapest is in Hungary, not in Czechoslovakia. Les and Eva got married in Budapest before they emigrated to America.)
Alice Kern (z”l) was born in Sighet, Romania in 1923. In 1944 her life changed drastically. For many years Alice spoke to groups in Portland and beyond sharing her story of overcoming adversity with courage and hope. She published her memoirs “Tapestry of Hope” and a documentary was produced chronicling her visit back to Sighet, Auschwitz, and Bergen Belsen, “Journey to Remember.”
Audio interview of Alice Kern : https://archive.org/details/MarkD.RichardsonOralInterviewAliceKern
Article about the Alice Kern documentary Journey to Remember http://www.digitalmission.us/JourneytoRemember.html
2000 Reunion with Alice Kern and AFS rescuers
War hero Peter Arton, father of Next Gen member Nurit Arton Kahana
Peter witnessed the beginning of WWII and the destruction of Warsaw. After three years wandering through half of the world to reach England, he joined the RAF. As a navigator, Peter flew 49 missions with the 311 (Czech) bomber squadron. He has written his memories in a book titled: Strange Story of a WW2 RAF Navigator. See info at http://www.amazon.com/Strange-story-WW2-RAF-na…/…/1468031783
Ruth Lindemann, child survivor, speaker, author
Local 2nd & 3rd Generation members contributions
Jeff Gottfried testifies at “Refugees Speak Out” National Press Call Sept. 2018.
Campaign to Make Holocaust Education Mandatory in All Fifty States https://www.facebook.com/groups/524502471025737/
11/13/18 Debbi and I were talking about the state of Holocaust education in Oregon and the recent story of the Lakeridge high school student Claire Sarnowski, Al Wiener and the senator from Lake Oswego Rob Wagner who are some folks working on this issue at this time. We – the Next Generations Group, would like to be a part of the “wind” in their sails. To help move the idea of mandatory Holocaust / Genocide education in Oregon Schools. So we are reaching out to people who we know who were doing some work on this in the past and in the present. And to learn how the Next Gen Group can be a voice to help. Here is an article about Claire, Al and Sen Wagner https://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/national/article218733810.html
Some Next Generation groups:
Next Generations, S. Florida – http://www.nextgenerations.org
Generations After – Phoenix Holocaust Survivors Association
Founded in spring 2013, Generations After (GA) is the only Phoenix area group for children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors. Operating under the auspices of the Phoenix Holocaust Survivors’ Association, a not-for-profit organization, GA’s mission is: To embrace our legacy as descendants of Holocaust survivors, to support one another, and to contribute to tikkun olam, repair of the world.
Association of Second Generation Holocaust Organizations
ONE-STOP site to find other Second & Third Generation Holocaust Survivor Groups.
Articles and articles about 2nd generation perspective:
(Added 11/10/18) Inspiring and informational talk by Elizabeth Rosner about atrocities over time and epigenectics. https://youtu.be/SJSJx5slLEM
Film: In Vienna They Put You In Jail: The Max Birnbach Story
By Gerry Birnbach, Oregon
Film: Memory Keepers by Molly Blank
In this moving documentary, Sighet, Romanian Jewish survivors are welcomed back to Sighet in 2014 after 70 years for a reunion.
Screen documentary Memory Keepers at the Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Descendants conference in L.A. November, 2016.A few people from the conference have purchased the film for personal use and to share with the Jewish organizations in their communities. If you are interested in purchasing the film, visit www.memorykeepersfilm.com If you have any questions, please contact me.Warm regards,Molly
Film: UNSPEAKABLE: An animated Documentary
by Nasya Kamrat, (3rd generation) Director/Executive Producer, FACULTY
- UNSPEAKABLE 1-pager/synopsis of our short film: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/46386864/Unspeakable%201-pager.pdf
- UNSPEAKABLE website: www.unspeakablefilm.com
- Rocket Hub (tax-deductible crowd funding campaign): http://rkthb.co/43758
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/UnspeakableFilm
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/UnspeakableDoc
- Article in The Jewish Forward about UNSPEAKABLE: http://forward.com/articles/201889/holocaust-survivors-stories-as cartoons/?
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UnspeakableFilm
- FACULTY Website: www.WeAreFaculty.com
Film: Wandering in the Woods
A Portlander’s Search for Jewish Identity
by Ken Klein Kleinfilms.com
Available for viewing now.
Film: Journey to Remember. Alice Kern, Oregon
By Bob Bowling. Alice Kern of Portland, Oregon returns to Sighet, Romania, Auschwitz, and Bergen Belsen with her four daugthers 50 years after her liberation. See alicekern.com
THE SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER
Jewish Genealogy Society of Oregon http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~orjgs/
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon (JGSO) is devoted to developing, preserving, and distributing Jewish genealogical knowledge and materials to others who may be searching their Jewish roots. We use print and electronic resources, as well as our ties with the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS). One of JGSO’s aims is to share resources, techniques, and data for researching family histories, both locally and worldwide, with other individuals and genealogical organizations.
HOLOCAUST.CZ PROJECT http://www.holocaust.cz/
The holocaust portal is a comprehensive and unique source of information on Holocaust, racism and anti-Semitism. Its aim is to provide schools and the general public with reliable information while creating an environment where the holocaust can be studied and interpreted. The editors of the portal are about making the Holocaust a stimulus to thinking about history and the present. Visitors to the site, like historians and genealogists, can make their own presentation about the Holocaust or family album, for example, from various stories and pieces of information.
You will find here a unique combination of texts about the Holocaust and authentic sources of various characters – from witnesses ‘memories, through online exhibitions to expert texts, to Shoah victims’ databases in the Czech lands, and extensive databases of digitized archival documents for particular victims. These sources also help extend the history of the Holocaust to the stories of completely normal people and families.
The portal originated in 2001 and at that time it was the largest Czech internet resource for information on one of the historical themes. The project was initiated by the Terezín Initiative , the association of former Terezin prisoners and other racially persecuted Jews from Bohemia and Moravia. It is currently run by the Institute of the Terezín Initiative in cooperation with the Jewish Museum in Prague .
THE PORTAL WWW.HOLOCAUST.CZ SUPPORTED
The development of an extensive portal would not be possible without the kind of financial or professional support of a number of institutions:
- The House of Anna Frank in Amsterdam
- Foundation for Holocaust Victims
- Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Prague
- European Commission, EACEA
- Terezín Memorial
- Museum of Roma Culture in Brno.
Database from World Jewish Relief. To access the records go to: https://www.worldjewishrelief.org/archives/ and then click on “get involved” then archives. At the time of writing this the https://www.worldjewishrelief.org/get-involved/archives/
The personal records of more than 40,000 Jews who arrived in the UK before and after the Second World War have been made publicly available for the first time by World Jewish Relief. World Jewish Relief was formerly known as the Central British Fund (CBF), and it was under the auspices of CBF that the 40,000 came to Britain.
The project involved digitizing thousands of pieces of paper which are held in the London Metropolitan Archives. The records include 10,000 case files who came to Britain on the Kindertransport in 1938 and 1939. Also included are the records of Jewish orphans, boys and girls who arrived in the UK in 1945-1946.
The records include personal details with occupations, and some with degree of Jewish observance. The records also include “follow-up” over the next few years.
The organization wants to return the documents to the families of the people they supported over 70 years ago. There will be no charge for this service.
The CBF began raising funds for European Jews in 1933 when Hitler first rose to power. Famous Jews, such as Simon Marks, Chaim Weizmann, Sir Robert Waley-Cohen and members of the Rothschild family raised £250,000, equivalent to about £16million today. British Jews had to guarantee £50 (equivalent to £2,285 today) for each Jew, young or old who arrived in Britain. Kristallnacht galvanized the opinion of the British Jewish community and they raised £168million between 1933-1947.
Many of the rescued eventually emigrated to Australia, Canada, Israel, South Africa, the United States. The WJR is expecting many requests and has recruited volunteers to deal with this.
One of the more well-known documents are the immigrations documents for Margot and Richard Springer, parents of US television host Jerry Springer who came to England from Germany in 1939. More information on the Springer family may be accessed at:
To read more about this newly digitized record collection see:http://tinyurl.com/j2oywgn
Thank you to Jeanette Rosenberg, JGS Great Britain for sharing this information with us.
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee
Arts by Portland area next generations
Rosalyn Kliot: Infant survivor; artist; lecturer; retired voc. rehab. counselor and voc. forensic expert witness -Federal hearings; author.Published memoir My Father’s Book, formerly on Amazon, is now archived at the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. (as is my dad’s memoir, which I am still editing for future publication.)Websites: you tube.kliot studio; fb.kliot. Studio; fineartamerica.com; amazon.com; Barnes and noble.com
Willa Schneberg, poet, visual artist www.threewayconversation.org
Phil Mandel, pianist http://mandelpiano.com
Veronica Esagui, author http://www.veronicaesagui.net/
Miriam Feder, playwright http://miriamfeder.com/
Gail Heyman, ceramic artist http://gailheymann.com/
Something to ponder from Marc Blattner,Jewish Federation of Greater Portland.
“Marc’s Remarks” April 25, 2014. https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=wm&pli=1#inbox/14599a1182012a13
Universal Lessons of the Holocaust
by Marc Blattner
This Sunday evening marks the beginning of the Yom HaShoahcommemoration. A time when people around the world remember the six million Jews and millions of others who perished in the Holocaust. As Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel stated, “Not all victims were Jews, but all Jews were victims.”
Last year, I read an article by Irwin Cotler, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and emeritus professor of law at McGill University, that struck me deeply. In fact, I saved it so I could share it (abbreviated version) this year because his words are more powerful than anything I could write.
When writing on the Holocaust, I am reminded of the early teachings of my parents – the profundity and pain of which I realized only years later – that there are things in Jewish history – in human history – too terrible to be believed, but not too terrible to have happened.
What have we learned, and what must we do?
The first lesson is the importance of zachor, of remembrance itself. For as we remember the six million Jewish victims of the Shoah – defamed, demonized and dehumanized, as prologue or justification for genocide – we have to understand that the mass murder of six million Jews, and millions of non-Jews, is not a matter of abstract statistics.
For unto each person there is a name, an identity; each person is a universe. As our sages tell us, “whoever saves a single life, it is as if he or she has saved an entire universe.” Conversely, whoever has killed a person, it is as if they have killed an entire universe. Thus, the abiding imperative: we are each, wherever we are, the guarantors of each other’s destiny.
The second enduring lesson of the Holocaust is that the genocide of European Jewry succeeded not only because of the industry of death and the technology of terror, but because of the state-sanctioned ideology of hate. This teaching of contempt, this demonizing of the other, this is where it all begins.
The third lesson is that these Holocaust crimes resulted not only from state-sanctioned incitement to hatred and genocide, but from crimes of indifference, from conspiracies of silence – of the international community as bystander.
As it happens, Holocaust Remembrance Day is close in date to the annual April 7 remembrance of the Rwandan Genocide, where close to one million Rwandans were murdered. What makes the Rwandan genocide so unspeakable is not only the horrors of the genocide itself, but that this genocide was preventable. No one can say that we did not know. We knew, but we did not act.
Today, we know but have yet to act to stop the slaughter of civilians in Syria, ignoring the lessons of history and mocking the Responsibility to Protect doctrine.
Let there be no mistake about it: Indifference and inaction always mean coming down on the side of the victimizer, never the victim. Let there be no mistake: indifference in the face of evil is acquiescence with evil itself; it is complicity with evil.
It is our responsibility, then, to speak truth to power, and to hold power accountable to truth; and to ensure that the double entendre of Nuremberg – of the Nuremberg Laws that enshrined racism as well as the Nuremberg Principles that laid the ground for prosecuting war crimes – are part of our learning and our legacy; and thatHolocaust education underpins these perspectives as it informs our principles on justice and injustice.
It is our responsibility, then, as citoyens du monde to give voice to the voiceless, to empower the powerless, be they the disabled, poor, elderly, women victims of violence, or the vulnerable child – the most vulnerable of the vulnerable.
We must pay tribute to the rescuers – the righteous among the nations.
Finally, we must remember – and celebrate – the survivors of the Holocaust – the true heroes of humanity. For they witnessed and endured the worst of inhumanity, but somehow found, in the depths of their own humanity, the courage to go on, to rebuild their lives as they helped build our communities.
And so, together with them we must remember – and pledge – that never again will we be indifferent to incitement and hate; never again will we be silent in the face of evil; never again will we indulge racism and anti-Semitism; never again will we ignore the plight of the vulnerable; and never again will we be indifferent in the face of mass atrocity and impunity.
This weekend, our Jewish community will have special opportunities to remember, as well as to perpetuate lessons learned from the Holocaust. The Oregon Holocaust Resource Center is presentingReshaping the World After the Holocaust: A Weekend of Learning with renowned Jewish-Christian and Holocaust scholar Rabbi Yitz Greenberg and noted Jewish feminist Blu Greenberg. It is truly an honor and privilege to welcome the Greenbergs to our community for a full weekend of activities. I hope you will come…listen…learn…and most importantly, remember.