Lunchtime Lecture – Conversation with a survivor: Leon Milch
Wednesday 14th February
Leon Milch and Dr Ari Lander
This is a unique opportunity to hear a conversation between Holocaust survivor Leon Milch and Dr Ari Lander, discussing Leon’s life before, during and after the Holocaust.
Leon was born in Podhajce, Poland in 1932 and was eventually liberated by the Soviets in 1944. Leon is pictured here with a Channukiah, one of the few objects he has that belonged to his father. He restored it as a gift for his son’s Bar Mitzvah. Now when he looks at it, the memories are good instead of sad.
“I was born in Podhajce, Poland, a vibrant town of 6,000 people, of which half were Jewish. The town supplied the neighbouring villages of farmers who lived in mud huts with straw on the floors. We lived a magical life. I was very close to my brother Barry. My parents and uncle Buzio worked in their general store in town. In 1939 the war started. We were occupied by the Soviet Union. The Polish Army was destroyed, our home and property confiscated. We were thrown out. We moved to another town. German troops invaded in June 1941. My father was grabbed in the street. My mother, whilst searching for him, was taken by Ukrainian police with other Jewish women and hacked to death after digging their own graves.” – Leon Milch