Holocaust Remembrance  Program: In Their Voices

November 8  – 12, 2009 - 9:30 -11:30  A.M.

Published: Tuesday, August 4, 2009 10:00 am By: Betty Alvarez

Holocaust Remembrance Program: In Their Voices
Survivors will speak to student groups and the community-at-large.
November 8 - 12, 2009 - 9:30 to 11:30 am
ELA STEIN WEISSBERGERNOV 10 at 7:30 PM Interfaith Kristallnacht Remembrance Program, co-sponsored by GHC Sisterhood and neighboring synagogues; featuring ELA STEIN WEISSBERGER who was 11 years old when she arrived at Terezin (Teresienstadt in German) in February 1942, with her mother, sister and grandmother.  The children's opera ‘Brundibar', in which she sang the role of the Cat for all 55 performances at the World War II concentration camp, helped her and the other children endure.  "We were originally 15,000 children, and only 100 survived. I think I speak in the voices of those that couldn't make it. All that is left behind a whole generation of children are a couple of poems and pictures." (I Never Saw Another Butterfly and The Cat with the Yellow Star) Ela and the other children, who were housed together in a barrack, were allowed to draw, sing and write poetry. Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, an artist, gave them art lessons. Helga Kinsky, a music teacher, found an old harmonium and played operas. "When we sang, we forgot where we were. We forgot hunger, we forgot all the troubles that we had to go through," Mrs. Weissberger says. "When we sang Brundibar, we didn't have to wear the Jewish star on our clothing." 

Admission is free, but reservations for groups are required by NOV. 1st  Plan for a two hour visit to include exhibit and speakers. 

For more information, Contact Helene Alalouf at 917-941-7577 or HAlalouf@aol.com