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At a Crossroads: Preserving the Truth

Virtual Community Holocaust Commemoration of Yom HaShoah

Sunday, May 1 at 2:00PM

We live in a time when there are many who distort the facts of the Holocaust. Survivors have fought these distortions by preserving the truth of their lived experiences. This year, we will hear from community leaders throughout Greater Boston and local Holocaust survivor Frieda Grayzel who will share her story with the winners of this year’s Israel Arbeiter Essay Contest.

The event will feature: Holocaust Survivor Frieda Grayzel, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, Rick Mann, Ambassador Meron Reuben, Consul General of Israel to New England, Nicole Menzenbach, Consul General of Germany to New England, Dachau concentration camp liberator Colonel Cranston "Chan" Rogers, Reverend Nancy Taylor, and the winners of the Israel Arbeiter (z"l) Holocaust Essay Contest.

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Frieda Tenenbaum Grayzel was born in Poland in 1934 and was five years old when Nazi Germany invaded and occupied her country. Her family fled their hometown for Poland’s capital, but after the bombardment by the German military, they returned home and were interned in the Tomaszow ghetto. The family – with her sister Dorka who was born in Warsaw on September 7, 1939 – were taken to the Bliżyn labor camp, where Frieda’s four-year old sister was taken away and killed. After her father was deported for camps unknown, Frieda and her mother were deported to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Out of more than one million people sent there, she is one of only a few hundred children who survived. Frieda has worked as an arts administrator and as a social worker and psychotherapist, and has also spent years sharing her story to ensure that future generations know the past and understand the dangers that exist today.

Cosponsored by Combined Jewish Philanthropies, the American Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Descendants of Greater Boston, Facing History and Ourselves, Boston 3G, Jewish Family and Children's Service, United Way, the Consulate General of Israel to New England, Consulate General of Germany to the New England States, The New England Friends of March of the Living

Call for entries:

16th Annual Israel Arbeiter Holocaust Essay Contest 

Students in grades 6-12 are invited to write a 400-800 word essay each year in a tribute to survivor Izzy Arbeiter z"l.