Justina Bello

Liberation
By Ettie Zilber and Kim Klett

   Feb 2023 Imagining the moment of ‘liberation” might conjure up visions of people dancing in the streets or toasting with champagne. That was the media version of V-E Day, but it was certainly NOTthe picture of the state of liberation for Jewish Holocaust survivors. Most survivors were barely alive. And many who survived to see their liberators died in the days, weeks, and monthsthereafter of starvation, overeating, injuries, disease and exhaustion. Every survivor vividly remembers the moments leading up to the long-awaited dream of liberation from bondage, slavery, exile, starvation, abuse, and the fear of murderous extinction. Many even described their experiences in oral, video, or written testimonies.  But there was no ONE event of liberation, as there was …

Liberation
By Ettie Zilber and Kim Klett
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Choir in Landsberg DP camp, c. 1947. Two of the young women pictured are Nechama Santocki (later Shneorson) and Reva Sidrer (later Baran). They are the aunts of PHA board member Ettie Zilber; they donated this photo to USHMM.

“Hanukah Memories”

Choir in Landsberg DP camp, c. 1947. Two of the young women pictured are Nechama Santocki (later Shneorson) and Reva Sidrer (later Baran). They are the aunts of PHA board member Ettie Zilber; they donated this photo to USHMM.

Learning about “Uncomfortable Truths”—Two Perspectives
From Ettie Zilber, Educator, Author, 2G, Board Member of PHA

   I consider myself a well-educated person, with a few high academic degrees, which made my motherproud. I grew up and was educated in New York. After living and working in five other countries, Irelocated to Phoenix, Arizona and became active as a volunteer at the Heard Museum(https://heard.org/). This was the first time I learned about the terrible abuses against AmericanIndians, including the history of the infamous Boarding Schools for American Indian children. I washorrified to learn that children were forced–actually kidnapped–and sent thousands of miles awayfrom home to government or church-run schools throughout the United States. I was mortified and‘uncomfortable’ to learn that my own government was responsible for these decisions, theseviolations of treaties, these deaths, and these abuses. …

Learning about “Uncomfortable Truths”—Two Perspectives
From Ettie Zilber, Educator, Author, 2G, Board Member of PHA
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The Phoenix Holocaust Association will hold its annual communitywide Yom HaShoah Commemoration

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – March 28, 2022) The Phoenix Holocaust Association will hold its annual communitywide Yom HaShoah Commemoration to honor the memory of those who perished during the Holocaust and recognize those who survived. The virtual event will be held on May 1, 2022, at 11 a.m. The theme of the program is: Never Again, BUT HOW? This year’s Yom HaShoah Commemoration will feature a roundtable discussion between high school students and Holocaust survivors, music, and a memorial candle-lighting ceremony spotlighting six Holocaust survivors each lighting a candle representing a million Jewish people murdered during the Holocaust. Additional participants of the commemoration include: Rabbi Andy Green of Congregation Or Tzion, Cantor Seth Ettinger of Congregation Beth Israel, and Shevet Shemesh …

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