Commemorating the Holocaust:
Three Stories of Rescue and Remembrance
At 7pm, Friday, April 26, immediately following the Sunset Kabbalat Service, Temple member Dr. Elin Diamond presents a talk "My Cousing Diane: From Arrest to Rescue to the Wall of Justice." Elin's cousin Diane and Diane's mother Hela were arrested in 1941 near Lyon, France. Separated at the camp in Venissieux, Hela was eventually sent to Auschwitz where she perished. Diane became part of a famous rescue of Jewish children who were hidden by French families in the region Mimi and Albert Rosentiel took in Diane, giving her their name and raising her as their own. Mimi's name is inscribed on Le Mur des Justes (the wall of the Just) at the Shoah memorial in Paris.
At 7pm, Sunday, April 28, we will hold our annual Yom HaShoah Service of Remembrance and Hope, funded by the Rabbi Nathanson Adult Education Fund. Holocaust survivor Peter Fleishmann will tell the story of his "Journey to Freedom" in 1941. Born in the Sudentenland area of Czechoslovakia in Jnauary 1927. Peter Lived in Prague from 1938 to 1941 under Nazi occupation. He and his family managed to escape with the assistance of his uncle and many unnamed people who intervened at various points on their journey to freedom.
Finally, at 7:30PM, Wednesday, May 15, Sisterhood presents a special open book club discussion at the Temple on The Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France by Caroline Moorehead. Like Elin Diamond's story of her cousin Diance, this book tells the story of a daring community rescue of Jews in Vichy France during the Holocaust. The Sisterhood Book Club meeting is open to all (not just women).