In this intimate and meaningful experience, speakers present stories of life before, during, and after the Holocaust. The Holocaust Speaker Series is held each Wednesday at 11 a.m. on Zoom. The series is sponsored by Margaret & Michael Valentine in partnership with the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.
NOV. 18: Ellen Bottner, Survivor
Ellen Bottner, a Holocaust survivor, grew up in Germany under the Third Reich. She describes her experiences on the Kindertransport, life under refuge with a foster family in England, the fate of her extended family during the Holocaust, and reflections about intolerance in the world today.
NOV. 25: Joyce Kamen
Joyce, a semi-retired creative communications professional, conducted video interviews of nearly 40 of Cincinnati’s Holocaust survivors for the “Project Eternity” series, commissioned in the 1990s by Cincinnati’s Combined Generations of the Holocaust. In 1995, her Emmy award-winning documentary, “Because They Were Jews: Cincinnati Survivors of the Holocaust Remember”, was syndicated by PBS. Joyce tells the remarkable story of the extraordinary personal journey that she and her husband Fred have experienced since discovering in 2013 that Fred, who was adopted at birth, was the biological son of two Holocaust survivors. His mother Anna—then only 19—was living in Nazi-occupied Berlin when the war broke out. She was saved by a courageous Egyptian doctor. For over two years—and at great risk to his own life— Dr. Mohammed Helmy contrived an elaborate series of schemes to keep Anna from being deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau.