Two speakers with ties to the Holocaust will share their personal stories in a special program at the Tri-County Senior Center.
Ram Levy and Rachel Miller will speak at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17. There is no cost for the program, but due to limited seating reservations are recommended.
Levy is an Israeli television director and screenwriter whose family barely escaped the prison camps.
Originally from Poland, his father was an editor of a prominent Jewish newspaper in the free city of Danzig who had been jailed for publishing anti-Nazi articles. He and his wife were able to escape and arrived in Palestine three months before Ram was born.
Rachel Miller, known as a “hidden child,” lost 93 family members during the Holocaust, but escaped the concentration camp to live a childhood in hiding and of constant fear of being captured by the Nazis.
She and her family escaped from Poland and moved to Paris, France, where she said she had a “happy childhood,” until Nazis invaded and annexed part of France.
Eventually, Miller ended up having to wear a yellow star which read “Juif,” French for Jew. After the death of her father and uncle, she was sent to live with farmers outside of Paris. Three days later her family members were taken into custody by the Germans and she never saw them again.
Miller said she lived in constant fear. Eventually, she ended up in an orphanage until an American soldier brought her to the United States.
Once in the U.S., she lived in five foster homes until she married her husband in 1950.
The Hannah Ida Urman Foundation sponsors this event as part of a mission to keep Holocaust memories active.
Hannah Ida Urman, who was lost in the Holocaust, was the mother of Holocaust survivor Ben Fainer, who spoke to a standing room only crowd at the Senior Center June 25, 2015.
Fainer was incarcerated in a German forced labor camp at age 9, and later transferred to a series of concentration camps including the notorious Buchenwald. He was liberated by American forces when age 15.
He did not make his first public appearance to talk about the Holocaust until the year 2000, some 55 years after he was released.
Fainer migrated to Dublin, Ireland, where he learned to be a tailor for ladies garments. He married a Catholic Irish girl named Susie, immigrated to Canada then the U.S. and landed in St. Louis where he worked on Washington Avenue for 15 years before starting his own tailoring business.
Five years ago he first began to make public appearances speaking about his experience in the camps at the urging of the St. Louis Holocaust Museum. He speaks at churches, schools and libraries, where he autographs copies of his book, “Silent for Sixty Years.”
Fainer’s daughters formed the foundation, which sponsors this event.