Holocaust Education

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Speakers Bureau


A network of volunteers is available to speak to school groups and organizations to share personal stories of the Holocaust. The personalized nature of a survivor or one of their relatives speaking to your group will have greater impact than any story read or lesson taught. By bringing a speaker to your school or organization, the impact the Holocaust had on real people's lives is made even clearer.


Many of the speakers available to come to your group are second-generation survivors, meaning they tell their parents' story. Speakers may be available based on your group's proximity to Indianapolis and when the request is made.


There is no fee for speaking engagements but donations are welcome.

Generation: Second
Age group: Middle/high school, adult

Ed's father was born in Latvia and immigrated to America in 1921. He served as an interpreter during the Nuremberg trials. Ed, born in America, is a retired U.S. Army officer. 

Esther was born in Poland in 1941 and survived the Holocaust in the care of an elderly Polish Christian lady while her parents successfully evaded the Nazis. After the war, she was reunited with her parents, and they found their way to a Red Cross-sponsored Displaced Persons Camp in Germany. They lived there for four years until immigrating to America in 1949.


    Ed and Esther Davidson

Generation: Second
Age group: Middle/high school, adult

Sharie's grandmother, Nellie, was in a labor camp in Siberia, having fled her homeland of Poland. Nellie was the sole survivor of a large family; her husband, parents, and all ten of her siblings, along with their spouses and children, were all exterminated by the Polish citizens who cooperated with Germany's efforts to kill Jews. After the war ended, Sharie's mother Esther (Fishman) Davidson spent 3.5 years in a Displaced Persons Camp in Germany before immigrating to the U.S. at age 10.


            Sharie Fields

Generation: Second
Age group: Middle/high school, adult

Brenda's mother was born in Stashuv, Poland. During the beginning of the war, the central portion of her town was turned into a ghetto, and all Jews were forced to live in this small area. She and her family were then moved to the Kielce ghetto so the Nazis could consolidate where Jews were living. Shortly after arrival to the Kielce ghetto, she escaped. To hide from the Nazis, she changed her name and dyed her hair to look more Germanic. During the rest of the war, she worked on farms in Germany.


        Brenda Freedman

Generation: Second
Age group: High school, adult

Tibor's 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. Her brother, 13 years old at the beginning of the war, survived a whirlwind of farm and industrial forced labor camps before being liberated from a factory camp in Austria. 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 Klopfer

Generation: Second
Age group: Middle/high school, adult

Dee is the only child of Isidor and Ida Muschel. They came to the U.S. in 1938 as a result of a miraculous sequence of events that spared their lives. Most of her extended family was killed by the Nazis and she grew up without knowing them, including her grandparents and close relatives. Her parents were fortunate to experience a seemingly normal life, but the Holocaust was ever present each day of their lives, even though they were spared from the camps. 


          Dee Schwartz

Generation: Third
Age group: Middle/high school, adult

Julie's grandfather, Al Katz, was born in Paderborn, Germany. His family moved to Hanover when conditions for Jews became difficult. In Hanover, he survived Kristallnacht, and his father was taken to Buchenwald but was later released. The family was moved to the Riga Ghetto in 1941. Her grandfather was marched to the labor camp in Salzpilz. When the Riga Ghetto was liquidated in 1943, her grandfather lost his parents, older sister, and younger brother. Her grandfather was moved to Dachau, where he remained until being liberated by American soldiers at the end of the war.


        Julie Sondhelm

Tours of the Albert & Sara Reuben Holocaust Memorial Garden


Located on the Max & Mae Simon Jewish Community Campus, the sculpture "Surviving Spirit" is the centerpiece of the Albert & Sara Reuben Holocaust Memorial Garden. Designed by sculptor and survivor Alfred Tibor, the sculpture is a single statement of the horror and triumph of the Jewish people. Guided tours are available in good-weather months (April through October of each year), frequently scheduled with a presenter from the Speakers Bureau.


The base of the monument is six-sided like the Star of David atop the sculpture. It is inscribed with the names of some death camps and concentration camps. The Mourner's Kaddish (a Hebrew prayer in memory of the dead) is also part of the memorial, as well as a poem by Tibor and a quotation from Elie Wiesel.


Read about Josh Friedman's Eagle Scout project to beautify the memorial.

Survivor Alfred Tibor's sculpture entitled "Surviving Spirit"

The Mourner's Kaddish, a Hebrew prayer recited in memory of the dead

"For the dead and the living, we must bear witness"--Elie Wiesel

For more information on these or other educational resources relating to the Holocaust, contact Amber Maze at 317-715-6976 or amaze@jfgi.org