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Next-Generation Speaker Series

CANDLES Next-Generation Speaker Series

As each year goes by, the world is losing Holocaust survivors at a rapid rate, resulting in fewer and fewer opportunities for people to hear their stories first-hand. In response to the urgent need to document and preserve these legacies, second- and third-generation survivors are sharing their families' stories to make sure the lives of those affected by the Holocaust are not forgotten. Next-generation survivors are in a unique place in which they did not experience the historical trauma but are affected daily by their families' histories. Holocaust and genocide survivors' children and grandchildren tell the stories of their family members not only to put human faces on historical events but also to share their own experiences. 

   Upcoming Speaker:   

Hungarian Jews in the Holocaust: My Family’s Story of Courage and Resilience
with Tibor Klopfer 

Tibor will present stories of his family’s experiences as Hungarian Jews in the Holocaust, using family photos, maps, and other illustrations. His mother was deported from a ghetto in rural Hungary to Auschwitz-Birkenau. She was moved to an industrial slave labor camp and ultimately was liberated from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Tibor's father was processed through Auschwitz and worked in forced labor camps before being liberated from Dachau. He lost all his immediate family, including his first wife and two young daughters. Tibor's mother’s youngest brother, thirteen years of age at the beginning of the war, witnessed the devastation of his family and survived a whirlwind of farm and industrial forced labor camps before being liberated from a factory camp in Austria. Their stories, and the stories of other family members, put human faces on historical events and provide a perspective on the Holocaust that transcends sterile renditions of dates, events, and statistics.

Thursday, January 16th, 2020
11:30am EST

CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center
1532 South Third Street
Terre Haute, IN 47802

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Never Again: Two Perspectives on the Holocaust
with Ed and Esther Davidson

Ed will tell the story of his father Samuel, who was born in Riga, Latvia in 1901 and immigrated to America in 1923. Having become fluent in Russian and German before immigrating to the United States, Samuel was hired to serve as a translator during the Nuremberg Trials. His father’s experiences inspired Ed to join the U.S. Army, where he served for more than 20 years and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Ed will also discuss the Nazi Concentration Camp system and provide a virtual tour of the Dachau Concentration Camp.
Esther was born in Końskowola, Poland in 1941, two years after the German occupation began. When the persecution of Jews intensified and her parents realized they could no longer stay in Poland, they convinced their neighbor Reba, a Catholic woman, to raise Esther as her granddaughter until they could be reunited after the war. Esther will share her childhood memories with pictures of lost family and discuss the trauma of separation, surviving a tragic war, living in a displaced persons camp, and what it was like coming to America.

Thursday, December 19th, 2019
11:30am EST

CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center
1532 South Third Street
Terre Haute, IN 47802

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