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Never Forget — San Diego’s Childen Of the Holocaust Share Their Stories

Evening Edition

Aired 4/4/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Michael Sonduck, President and CEO, Jewish Federation of San Diego County
Teresa Racz Fischlowitz, survived Holocaust as a child


First-hand stories of survival during the Holocaust are lost every year as many survivors advance in age. Worldwide Yom HaShoha, Holocaust Remembrance Day, will be observed, and locally, one of the largest single-day commemorations will take place.

The theme of this year's event at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center is "Remember, Honor, and Teach: Children of the Holocaust."

Local Survivor Teresa Racz Fischlowitz will be the guest speaker. She lived in Budapest as a child. Her family was one of more than 500 wealthy families who bought their way into a "ransom" plan. She spent her seventh birthday on a cattle car heading to the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp. "I saw people on the other side of the fence," she says "...ragged or no clothes and then they would be gone." She later realized they were most likely killed.

Jewish Federation of San Diego County

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Michael Sonduck, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of San Diego says each year the event focuses on an aspect of the Holocaust. He stresses it's important to not forget what happened, "but if you only commemorate the tragedy and don't teach and make it real in today's world, it will be forgotten".

Recently, a New York Times article pointed out the cataloging of more than 40,000 Nazi ghettos and camps. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum compiled the numbers, which they originally thought to be roughly 7,000. Sonduck says "I think there are generations of people, not just Jewish, who want to know more. We will continue to learn things. This is not a closed chapter."

The event is at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7 at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in the Garfield Theater, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, California. It is free and open to the public.

This event is a collaboration of the San Diego Rabbinical Association, Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of San Diego County, the New Life Club, the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Foundation and the Anti-Defamation League.

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bailarin | April 5, 2013 at 7:01 a.m. ― 3 years, 11 months ago

It is ironic that the Warsaw Ghetto has been recreated in Palestine. The Palestinians are being treated exactly the same way the Jews were treated by the Nazis in WWII.

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 5, 2013 at 10:03 a.m. ― 3 years, 11 months ago

I was mesmerized listening to Teresa Racz Fischlowitz.

I could listen to her all day.

What a fascinating woman, a woman who has been through so much yet who is so gentle and intelligent.

People need to take the opportunity to learn from survivors like Ms. Fischlowitz now, because we will soon be reaching a point where the Holocaust WILL be something we can only learn from history books and photographs as the last generation of survivors passes on.

Thanks you Ms. Teresa Racz Fischlowitz for sharing your story, I for one listened closely and learned a great deal.

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Missionaccomplished | April 5, 2013 at 10:47 a.m. ― 3 years, 11 months ago

Right about that, Bailarina.

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CaliforniaDefender | April 5, 2013 at 1:52 p.m. ― 3 years, 11 months ago

I entirely sympathize with the people who experienced the horrors of the Holocaust.

But it is time for the Jewish people to be defined by who they are today. Jewish history covers 3,325 years, yet 6 years of it prevent people from seeing anything before or after.

Every nation, religion, and culture on Earth has both suffered and committed atrocities, some of equal or even greater magnitude than the Holocaust. It is time to heal old wounds and move on.

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