The Holocaust Speaker Series features Holocaust survivors and descendants of survivors sharing stories of life before, during, and after the Holocaust.
The series is sponsored by Margaret & Michael Valentine.
Anneliese and Matt met in 1955 through a mutual friend. They soon learned that their meeting was fate when they discovered both had been children in hiding during the war. Anneliese was born in Leipzig, Germany, in 1937 and Matt was born in Katerini, Greece, in 1936. After being notified of deportation in 1942, Anneliese and her family went into hiding. That same year, the Yosafats went into hiding with the Nazi occupation of Greece. Anneliese and her family hid in 13 different locations during the war before fleeing to Bludenz and using falsified documents to pass themselves off as Christians. The Yosafats hid in places including a cave and tobacco shelter, rarely safe and often separated. Ultimately, the Yosafat family reunited in Katerini and were liberated, but the outbreak of a civil war led the family to emigrate to the United States in 1951. In 1955, he met Anneliese —who had arrived in the United States with her family shortly after the war —and they were soon married in 1959.