Holocaust Survivor Stories
This story is dedicated to the heroes and heroines of the French Jewish Resistance called “La Sixieme” (The Six) a group of young men and women dedicated to rescuing Jewish children from deportation and annihilation.
In their task to find shelter for those children of all ages, they roamed through occupied
I will always remember the handsome young man who came to my parents’ hiding place in
We arrived safely. I remember doing a lot of walking, up and down hills toward my new home, feeling exhausted and hungry. Nevertheless, I could not help but stop for a moment or so to admire those majestic mountains surrounding the city.
We arrived at an apartment, our “safe house” as we called it. It was a busy place where leaders met. Sometimes bringing along children in transit to other safe places, and some, like me, were there to stay. Our leaders came regularly to check on our well being. They also find paying jobs for some of us, me included. We were a group of teenagers, girls and boys living as a family. We did not have much money and food was rationed. Still, we joked and laughed a lot, and we sang too.
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Greater Boston Survivor Stories
In the years after the Holocaust, the Greater Boston became home to many Holocaust Survivors. For the past 60 years, the Boston Survivor Community has united to spread Holocaust awareness, to teach the lessons of the Holocaust to upcoming generations, to speak out against modern day hatred and intolerance, and to tell their stories.
In 1992, the Survivor community worked with the City of Boston to establish the New England Holocaust Memorial, located near Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall. Under the leadership of American Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors President Israel Arbeiter and Holocuast Survivor Steven Ross, the Memorial has become an important tool for Holocaust education and the propagation of Holocaust memory.
On this page, you will find a collection of Survivor stories from the Boston community and beyond. As we approach a critical time when Survivors will no longer be around to tell their stories, it becomes increasingly important to preserve their histories and to make them accessible.
If you are or your family would like to submit a Holocaust Survivor Story, please call or email Deborah Donig. Stories will be posted on this site as submitted, with provisions to allow for spelling and grammatical changes.
Thank you for reading these stories and for ensuring that the legacy of the Holocaust will continue into the future.