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" Holocaust through the eyes of the 2nd Generation"

Telfed Jerusalem together with Wits Israel Alumni & Zionist Council in Israel hosted:  

"Holocaust through the eyes of the 2nd Generation"

Dr. Les Glassman, Chairman of Wits Israel Alumni welcoming guests and participants.

The Wiezmann Hall of The Jewish Agency Building in Jerusalem was almost full with a crowd of over 60 attendees. The event, opened with Dr.Les Glassman Chairman of Wits Israel Alumni, welcoming all and introducing the 3 panelists.

Sonia Graham who represented the Zionist Council in Israel  gave a short insight into the organizations work, after which the moderator of the event , Roy Scher, Telfed Jerusalem chairman officially opened the event.  After a few deep and meaningful words to set the serious tone for the subject at hand, Roy quoted Victor Frankl : "Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way."

Roy then introduced the first speaker of the evening. Eileen Fridman, whose late mother  was  born in Mir, saved by a Christian family, then lived in the Mir Ghetto (escaped with the help of Oswald Rufesien) and survived the rest of the year with the Bielski partisans.

Eileen gave an in depth account of her mother's experiences during the war and her connections after the war with numerous people who helped her through her  plight until she eventually was able to regain her freedom. Roy then called on Solly Kaplinski who spoke  from the depth of his heart sharing his feelings and thoughts of what it was like growing up as a child and then as a teenager in a home where both parents were Holocaust survivors. On the one hand the subject of Holocaust was not spoken about , and yet on the other hand Solly's life was seriously influenced by the traumatic experiences endured by both his parents. Solly wrote poems and a novella as a way of expressing his feelings.

The last speaker of the event was Rose Lerer-Cohen, who gave a chronological account about the Jews of Lithuania during the war years. Rose who is very knowledgeable on the subject shared stories of her extended family, those who lost their lives and those who survived.

The evening continued with questions by the moderator and audience. To end off a very emotionally charged event, Eileen spoke about the Partisans song, and then the audiencejoined in singing the famous melody. Roy presented each speaker with a token gift of a book written by a South African Oleh. The wonderful event concluded with the singing of Hatikva.

Article written by Roy Scher.

To watch the Videos of the event, Click HERE for Part 1 and HERE for Part 2.

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