children of holocaust survivors

Son of a Holocaust Survivor
Author: Barry B.

Jealous of the peace he saw in Christians, Barry B. was afraid he would be betraying his people – until he met a Jewish believer in Jesus.

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Daughter of the Holocaust
Author: Andrea Zaretsky

In some cases, Holocaust survivors have not even told their children they are Jewish. I am one of those children.

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Pedaling with a Purpose
Author: Hans Myors

  I’m not famous like three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond, I’ve never cycled competitively. But since 1993, I’ve cycled the equivalent of almost nine times around the equator! Why? I have always loved touring on my bike. But on four consecutive nights in February 1993 I dreamt I was traveling by bicycle. Except…

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Jonathan Bernd, Son of Hans Bernd

Reflections on forgiveness from the son of a Holocaust survivor.

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Jhan Moskowitz, Son of Max and Lilly Moskowitz

Some survivors do not tell their kids anything. They just don’t. Some survivors tell their kids everything. When I was a little boy, I crawled into my father’s lap and asked, What is that number on your arm?” He didn’t flinch, he told me he was in the concentration camps. He grew up outside of…

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Mark Landrum, Son of Flora Landrum
Author: Mark Landrum

My mother, Flora, was born towards the end of the Holocaust. Her family lived in Northern Greece, in the middle of a thriving Jewish community. Her father was part of the Greek underground resistance movement. When the Nazis told the Jewish community that they would be allowed to live if they cooperated, he didn’t believe…

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A Child Questions

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?1 Why, O LORD, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?”2 I am my father’s son: His wounds embedded in my core He bequeathed…

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Rahel Hirshenson Landrum, Daughter of Sami Hirshenson
Author: Rahel Landrum

I remember when I was about ten years old, I found and read—with tears in my eyes—a report my dad wrote for the Romanian police, in which he described what he and his family went through during the pogroms and the Second World War. That was the first time I was introduced to what happened…

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Rob Wertheim School Days

Rob Wertheim, Son of Fred Wertheim
Author: Rob Wertheim

My father, Fred, was born in Germany in 1925. The son of a baker, he lived in a village of 2,000 people. The town had very few Jews, ten families to be exact. As a young boy, my father had to look among the non-Jews for playmates. School Days By the time my father was…

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After the Holocaust, Part One

My father was born and raised in Vienna, Austria. He had to flee for his life and he barely escaped the torture of the concentration camps. After repeated attempts to escape—only to be captured and returned to Germany—he and his brother made a suicide pact. They would take their own lives before being sent to…

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I Escaped From Hitler Twice: The Fred Wertheim Story

“I remember they had us lined up. The Germans were talking among themselves, loud enough for me to hear. Some of my buddies started asking me, ‘What’s happening? How come you’re ready to pass out?’ I told them, ‘This is the way it’s going to be. They don’t know what to do with us and so they’re going to shoot us.’ ”

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