Thursday, April 4, 2013
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.
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.