Survivor Portraits – Anne Heilig
April 30, 2021
Anne Heilig was born in Berlin, Germany in 1935. Hitler had already come to power and the persecution of the Jews in Germany had begun. Anne and her parents were lucky enough to receive a visa to Australia.
Survivor Portraits – Vera Kertesz
March 12, 2021
Holocaust survivor Vera Kertesz was born in 1933 in Czechoslovakia. She was an only child and believed if her parents had had more children, the family would not have survived.
Survivor Portraits – Leon Milch
February 25, 2021
Holocaust survivor Leon Milch was born in 1932 in Podhajce, Poland, a vibrant town of 6000 people, of which half were Jewish. He and his brother lost both of their parents in the Holocaust.
Survivor Portraits – Peter Reismann
February 2, 2021
Holocaust survivor Peter Reismann was born in 1939 in Budapest, Hungary. At 4 years old, he remembers hurrying into a dark and small bunker.
Survivor Portraits – Yvonne Engelman
December 17, 2020
Holocaust survivor Yvonne Engelman was born in 1927 in Dovhe, Czechoslovakia. After promising her father she’d survive, Yvonne survived Auschwitz.
Survivor Portraits – Lina Lipton
November 30, 2020
Holocaut survivor Lina Lipton was born in 1923 in Lvov, Poland. The start of the war in 1939 came as a shock, and she survived in hiding under a false name.
Survivor Portraits – Lotte Weiss
October 30, 2020
Holocaust survivor Lotte Weiss was born in 1923 in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. Lotte attributes her survival to a series of miracles. Her parents and five siblings all perished in Auschwitz.
Survivor Portraits – Gerty Jellinek
September 29, 2020
Holocaust survivor Gerty Jellinek was born in 1925 in Vienna, Austria. She was 13 at the time of Kristallnacht. Soon afterwards, she fled to Shanghai with her family, where she survived the war.
Survivor Portraits – Oscar (David) Benedikt
August 31, 2020
Holocaust survivor Oscar (David) Benedikt was born in 1920 in Brno, Czechoslovakia. He described himself as a “spoiled only child” to convey the tragedy of what lay ahead.
Survivor Portraits – Sam Young (Szmul Jungzweig)
August 3, 2020
Sam Young was born in 1925 in Lodz, Poland. However, Sam lost track of his age between 1941 and 1945, due to the disruption the war had on his life.
Survivor Portraits – Margot Tischmann
July 3, 2020
Margot was born 1933 in Duisburg, Germany, “when things were already bad,” she recalls. It was the year Hitler came to power.
Survivor Portraits – Joe (Joseph) Symon
June 2, 2020
Joe was born 1925 in Budapest, Hungary. The skills he learned as a boy scout as a child helped him to survive the war.
Survivor Portraits – Helen Studencki
May 1, 2020
Helen Studencki was born in Radymno, Poland during World War II. She survived the war initially in a ghetto, and then in hiding.
Survivor Portraits – Eddie Jaku OAM
April 3, 2020
Eddie Jaku was born in Leipzig, Germany, in 1920 to a loving family that regarded themselves as “Germans first and foremost, and Jewish only in [their] home”. That all changed when Hitler came to power.
Survivor Portraits – Peter Rossler
March 5, 2020
Peter was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in 1930, and was nine years old when Germany invaded Czechoslovakia. Life as Peter knew it began to change.
Survivor Portraits – Jack Meister
January 31, 2020
Jack was born in Kielce, Poland, in 1928. He was 11 years old when the Nazis came, and that marked the end of his childhood.
Survivor Portraits – Susan Warhaftig
December 27, 2019
Susan Warhaftig was born in 1937 in Vienna, Austria. She went into hiding in Hungary with her mother.
Survivor Portraits – Mimi Wise
December 2, 2019
Mimi Wise was born in Milan, Italy, in 1937. As a baby, Mimi moved with her family to France.
Survivor Portraits – George Sternfeld
November 1, 2019
George Sternfeld was born in 1939 in Warsaw, Poland, and fled with his family to Siberia in 1940.
Survivor Portraits – Kitty Lowinger
October 2, 2019
Kitty Lowinger was born in 1941 in Budapest, Hungary. Kitty was three years old when Germany invaded Hungary.
Survivor Portraits – Litzi Lemberg
September 2, 2019
Litzi Lemberg was born in 1939 in Vienna, Austria. She was a baby when World War II began.
Survivor Portraits – Olga Horak
August 1, 2019
Olga Horak was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia in 1926. She was 14 when the war broke out in 1939.
Survivor Portraits – Yvonne Halas
July 2, 2019
Yvonne Halas’ life began in war time, as she was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1942.
Survivor Portraits – Magda Forbath
May 31, 2019
Magda Forbath was born in 1943 in Budapest, Hungary. When Magda was six months old the Germans entered Hungary.
Survivor Portraits – Peter Halas
May 1, 2019
Peter Halas was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1939. He and his mother went into hiding when Germany invaded Hungary.
Survivor Portraits – Eva Engel
March 4, 2019
Eva Engel was born in Vienna, Austria in 1932. After the Anschluss in 1938, her family escaped to Zurich.
Survivor Portraits – Ana Deleon
February 1, 2019
Ana Deleon was born in 1935 in Subotica, Yugoslavia. Ana was 8 years old when her family was moved to a ghetto.
Survivor Portraits – Peter Nash
January 4, 2019
Peter Nash was born in 1935 in Berlin, Germany. In 1939, he and his family left for Shanghai, China.
Survivor Portraits – Kuba Enoch
December 3, 2018
Kuba Enoch was born in 1926 in Krakow, Poland. In 1939, when Kuba was 13 years old, Germany invaded Poland.
Survivor Portraits – Gaby de Leon
November 1, 2018
Gaby de Leon was born in 1927 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. In April 1941, when the Axis powers invaded, his family was caught in the German zone.
Survivor Portraits – Ilse Charny
October 3, 2018
Ilse Charny was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1928. Ilse arrived with her family in Shanghai when she was 10 years old.
Survivor Portraits – Vera Faludi
July 31, 2018
Vera Faludi was born in 1929 in Sofia, Bulgaria. At the end of 1939, Jewish children were banned from German schools, and Vera moved to a French school run by nuns.
Survivor Portraits – John Gruschka
June 28, 2018
John Gruschka was born in Aussig, Czechoslovakia in 1924. John’s family made a hurried exit to the Czech capital of Prague in 1938.
Survivor Portraits – Tom Fleming
May 25, 2018
Tom Fleming was born in 1938 in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. He was six years old when he was imprisoned in the Theresienstadt ghetto.
Survivor Portraits – Francine Lazarus
April 30, 2018
Francine Lazarus was born in 1938 in Ixelles, Belgium. She was two years old when the Nazis invaded Belgium.
Survivor Portraits – Egon Sonnenschein
March 29, 2018
Egon Sonnenschein was born in 1930 in Ptuj, Yugoslavia. Egon was ten years old when Germany attacked Yugoslavia in April 1941.
Survivor Portraits – Helena (Lena) Goldstein
March 1, 2018
Helena (Lena) Goldstein was born in 1919 in Lublin, Poland. She was moved to the Warsaw ghetto, from which she eventually escaped.
Survivor Portraits – George Grojnowski
January 29, 2018
George Grojnowski was born in Radziejow, Poland, in 1927, and was incarcerated in Radziejow Ghetto, Czestochowa Ghetto, Rakow Labour Camp and Buchenwald during the course of WWII.
Survivor Portraits – Paul Drexler
December 7, 2017
Paul Drexler was born in 1938 in Spacince, Slovakia. Paul was in hiding until 1944, when, at the age of 6, he was deported to Theresienstadt.
Survivor Portraits – Jacqueline Dale
November 23, 2017
Jacqueline Dale was born in 1931 in Paris. She was hidden in an orphanage from 1942 until liberation.