Upcoming Holocaust Survivor talks, included with your admission ticket.
Halina Herman, Holocaust Survivor – Wednesday, April 10 at 10:00 a.m.
Halina Herman was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1939. Her father was a physician and was sent away by the Germans to one of the slave-labor camps in April 1941. Halina never saw him again. Halina’s mother obtained false papers and got a job as a maid in Cracow. She placed Halina with a non-Jewish family who raised her as a Christian child. After the war, Halina was reunited with her mother and continued to go to church until the mother revealed their Jewish identity to her in 1949. They went to France where they stayed until they were able to immigrate to Canada.
Harry Heuman, Second Generation Holocaust Survivor – Wednesday, April 10 at 11:30 a.m. and Friday, April 12 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.
Art Sheridan, Holocaust Liberator – Thursday, April 11 at 11:00 a.m.
In 1942, at age 17, Arthur Sheridan enlisted in the Army. Assigned to the 60th Armored Infantry Battalion of the 20th Armored Division, he arrived in Europe following the D-Day invasion, and fought his way across France and into Germany. Outside Munich, the 60th Armored Infantry Battalion of the 20th Armored Division found and liberated the concentration camp at Dachau. As an infantryman, Sheridan was among the first American soldiers to enter the camp.
Jackie Albin, Holocaust Survivor – Thursday, April 11 at 1:00 p.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.
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