Upcoming Holocaust Survivor talks, included with your admission ticket.
Jackie Albin, Holocaust Survivor – Wednesday, May 8 at 10:00 a.m.
Jacqueline (Jackie) Albin was born in Belfort, France in 1937, two years before the beginning of World War II. When Jackie was two years old, her father was drafted into the French army where he served from 1939-1942. Jackie and her mother lived with her grandparents in Gex, a town in France near the Switzerland border, that had become part of the occupied zone. In 1942, her grandparents were sent to Auschwitz where they were gassed on their arrival.
In 1944, when the Germans were losing the war, Jackie, her mother, her newly born sister, and a group of others fled to the mountains because it was becoming more and more dangerous for them. Her father, who had joined the French Resistance, stayed behind to fight. After the war ended, Jackie’s mother was able to reunite with her mother and brothers–German Jews who managed to leave Germany in time and who were already living in Chicago.
Ed Herman, Holocaust Survivor – Thursday, May 9 at 10:00 a.m.
Edward Herman was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1931 into an affluent Jewish family. When he ended the first grade, his father left to join the Soviet Army. After the Germans occupied Warsaw in 1939, Edward, his mother, and sister were forced to live in the Warsaw Ghetto. When the Germans began liquidating the ghetto, he hid in the attic of the home of a Christian family. His mother was able to get papers for him to cross over to Budapest, Hungary. When he reached Budapest, Edward lived on the streets until an orphanage was formed. He lived there until his mother, sister, and aunt arrived and he moved in with his aunt. In the end of 1944, he was liberated. He did not reunite with his father for ten years.
Harry Heuman, Second Generation Holocaust Survivor – Friday, May 10 at 10:00 a.m.
Harry Heuman’s parents lived in Germany when the Nazis began persecuting those of Jewish faith. His mother and father were sent to concentration camps, making him a second-generation Survivor. Many family members were killed.
After the war ended and the camps were liberated—his mother from Auschwitz, his father from Dachau—his parents reunited. Harry was born in 1946 in a displaced persons camp. His family immigrated to the United States.
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