Still Here

Inspiration From Survivors & Liberators
of the Holocaust

In this groundbreaking book you will experience stunning and emotional portraits of survivors and liberators as you have never seen them before. While the individuals in this book are now seven decades and thousands of miles removed from the atrocities they once endured, neither time nor distance weakens their resolve or their resilience. The book melds professional, stunning portraits with meaningful quotes to create a living legacy that both honors and informs. Their portraits reveal insight into who they are and their quotes speak volumes of how they feel the world should be. We invite you to browse our gallery of beautiful portraits, draw strength from the quotes, hopefully purchase a copy, and join us in this important conversation by sharing your own family’s story. More than a book, this is a journey from tragedy to triumph with important lessons for future generations.

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Abraham & Regina Tauber

Survived with false papers

Survived in Hiding, as a partisan with the Russians and a liberator of Lublin and Majdanek

Of their lifelong love affair when they were neighbors at age 5 and 7 Regina said

From the moment I saw him for the first time again, I felt I never went away, I never left him and we never went away from one another again. “

Abe expressed that when he saw Regina again for the first time,

My heart told me she was alive, all seven skies came back to me, that was what I was dreaming of, WE can do everything when we are together.”


Alan Moskin

This generation is the last generation that is going to hear people such as myself- liberators, survivors, hidden children and Righteous Gentiles. When we are gone they must remember that this was not a myth or a hallucination. They have to tell their children and grandchildren to make sure that what we witnessed never happens again.

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Aliza Levy Erber

Hidden in a bunker in the woods of Holland, at only 2 months of age, by a doctor and two nuns. The Holocaust is always with me and despite the painful black hole in my heart I try to give back in honor of the Righteous Gentiles who saved my life and that of my mother.


Andy Neederman

Survived forced labor and in hiding
You need to take the good with the bad


Angie Lesorgen Goldfeier

Survived several camps including Bergen-Belsen
Be a mensch!


Anita Nagel Weisbord

Left Austria on a Kindertransport to England on March 13, 1939
Teach children to be upstanders not bystanders. When you see something say something.


Anna Silberman Tafet

Fled with her family to Russia
We fled Poland as a family by crossing the San River. My father carried our Sefer Torah through rough waters as the rivers rose. He walked us through the river like Moses. It was a river full of miracles, but coming to the United States was the real miracle.


Beate & George Axelrad

Interned in Theresienstadt then freed to depart to Switzerland and then Italy.

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Bella Miller

Survived first in Hiding until she was deported to Auschwitz
I don’t live in the past because living in the past would validate Hitler and those bastards. I live in the present and always look forward. I feel age is just a number and mine is unlisted.


Bernard Otterman

Survived Radom labor camp and in hiding

From his poem “Smoke Don’t Forget:

Smoke don’t forget
the tall chimneys and the jagged pits
from which you rose.
The innocent men, women and children
which were your host
proclaim that they were beautiful in life
and noble in their deeds.
Testify that they will be forever missed.


Bernhard & Ruth Storch

Expelled from Germany to Poland and survived by hiding with peasants in a nearby village

I wasn’t lucky during the war but I am lucky now. Be hardworking, truthful and don’t lie to anyone and be sure to have fun!

Survived Siberian forced labor and then served in the Polish Army entering

both Sobibor and Madjanek camps.

When we arrived, Majdanek was empty, it had stopped operating about one week before we entered it. I had no idea what we would see. The evidence was there, the ashes we discovered were human. We were nine Jewish boys, not quite a Minyan. We said Kaddish over the piles of ash. I still say Kaddish for every person murdered there and those who died in my division,

as there is no one left to say Kaddish for them


Blanche & Joseph Hecht

Concentration Camp Survivor including Auschwitz and Flossenbürg

We have learned the importance of respecting each other. If you give respect, you will get respect.


Israel Grosz


Celia Rapp Kener

Survived the Lvov Ghetto then as a hidden child with a Christian family

in their farmhouse in the Poland

My life is like a quote I once read

” An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great.

So, just focus and keep aiming.”


Charles & Inge Roman

Came to the United States as a refugee, in January 1941

Made several attempts to find refuge finally arriving in France, then interned in Camp Rivesaltes, before being smuggled to safety in Italy

Education is very important as no one can take that away from you. Whatever life brings you, if you have the knowledge to understand, you can always do something with your life

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Charles Srebnik

Hidden child in Catholic orphanages

America is the greatest country in the world. It offers every opportunity to say whatever you think and go wherever you want. Every time I see the Statue of Liberty, I know I am home.


Claire Leder Billings

Left Austria for America in 1939

So long as any religious group succeeds in dominating another in the world there can be no true democracy. In America the separation of church and state must be sacrosanct


David Lapidot

Survived by moving from place to place

You need to fight for the people who cannot fight for themselves.

I was injured in a bombing and carried to the hospital by a stranger.

People who at risk to themselves care for others are a profile in courage.


David Waldshan

Survived the Pruzana ghetto and five concentration camps including Auschwitz/Birkenau, Mauthausen, Gusen II & Gunskirchen

I was miraculously pre-destined by a Higher Authority, that had a purpose in His mind, to save me from a living hell. The purpose is a great mystery to me. Maybe it was to bear witness and honor my towns of Bialowieza and Pruzana, Poland where 9,200 Jews, 84% of the Jewish population, perished within 4 days of the liquidation of the Pruzana ghetto


Denny Jacobson

Left Germany with his family for England in March 1939

My life is a double dichotomy; I am technically German but grew up English unable to accept my German heritage. I was born Jewish, but could not practice my religion and considered myself Anglican. I have lived my life with these ambiguities hanging over me. It colors in effect how I am. I am a citizen of the world, a product of the Holocaust


Dora Zyndorf

Survived forced labor in Camp Kluger, Czechoslovakia

What I went through is something you cannot forget, but I try not to be angry. Angry doesn’t get you anywhere. Sometimes life does not go the way you expect, but if you try and go on and most importantly, get along with people, you can do your best to be truly happy


Doris Blumenkranz Schechter

One of 1,000 refugees to leave Naples in July 1944, bound for the United States

as an “invited guests” of FDR

You must always remember who you are and never give up your identity.


Dr. Moshe Avital

Survived several camps including Buchenwald. After liberation, he fought with the Haganah in the Israeli War for Independence

We survivors are an example and symbol to the new generation by telling them how the human spirit, determination, hope and human values can overcome adversity. The lifeless heap of dry bones was transformed into builders of a new life, and fighters for a homeland in the land of our fathers, as well as the forefront of the dictum “NEVER AGAIN” to genocide.


Dr. Salomea Herszenberg Kape Jay

Survived five years in the Lodz Ghetto

How do you maintain humanity when you are treated like you are not worthy to live? You talk about books, you talk about poetry, you talk about music, you sing and you value friendship.

That is what my mother taught me, which helped us to survive our years in the ghetto.


Ellen Adler


Helga Grossman Sternbach


Ed Lessing

Survived in Hiding

The Nazi’s attempt to murder me during the Holocaust has left me with a clear vision of how privileged I am to have been born as a member of the truly greatest people on this earth, the Children of Israel, the Jewish People


Edith Mayer Michaely

Survived Lichtenworth Concentration Camp in Austria

Live your life honestly, keep your head up, put your mind to it, be good to people and go your own way to accomplish what you want in life.


Edith Bohm Stern

Survived several camps including Auschwitz, Ravensbrück and Neubrandenburg

Always have a bright and hopeful outlook and live with no regrets


Edith Reichman Weinberger

Survived several camps including Auschwitz and Theresienstadt

I won! I’m still here after 70 years and I’m still kicking


Eleanor “Elika” Sussman Berger

Survivor of Transnistria

Look at the world with positive feelings and learn how to love each other more.

I walked away from the Holocaust not being able to love. I had to learn to love again

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Eli & Helga Stern

Survived several camps including Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Dora-Mittelbau and Bergen-Belsen

I’m not a survivor for nothing. Things that are obstacles to others don’t mean much to me.

I have learned to improvise. As long as no one is trying to kill me, I’m doing okay.


Eliot S. Hermon

Liberated Ohrdruf on April 4, 1945 as a member of the United States Army

When we entered the camp, I didn’t have time to think. I took pictures. When I put my camera down and finished upchucking, I could swear I threw up everything including my toenails.

Even though these are the things you don’t want to remember, I remember them because when I am gone who will be here to say that it happened.


Elly Berkovits Gross

Survived the Cehei Ghetto and several camps including Auschwitz and Fallersleben

Don’t hate others. Hatred and prejudice create only destruction

and in the end there are no winners


Eric Leiseroff

Came to America in July, 1941 under the Refugee Act, and served in the US Army where he helped liberate Ohrdruf Concentration Camp

This country gave me life and accepted me, after having come out of a hell-hole.

That’s why I enlisted and proudly fought with the 89th infantry division to defeat Hitler

For which I was awarded a Combat Infantry Badge and a Bronze Star Medal


Ethel “Etunia” Bauer Katz

Survived in hiding

I survived hiding in forests, fields, cabins and even a chicken coop. Two weeks before liberation, my family was found- I was the only survivor. My family’s tomorrows never came. The horrors of the Holocaust were the result of hatred. To live in harmony we must respect our neighbors.


Evelyn Popielarz Rubin

Received refuge in Shanghai China

They can’t get rid of us, they keep trying, but they’ll never get rid of us. We’re still here and going strong.


Ewa Gutman

Survived in foster care in the heart of Warsaw

I don’t know the date of my birth and I don’t know my real name.

It is tough to live your life when you don’t know who the hell you are. My foster father always told me that there was nothing I could not do if I put my mind to it-

that was his maxim and it is how I lived my life.


Faina & Leon Fridman

Survived in hiding in Stalingrad

After our entire family was murdered in Babi Yar, we want the Jewish people to stay Jewish and know how good it is to be proud of our heritage.


Fay Geller Goldin Brandwein

Survived the Brody Ghetto and in hiding

I try to get better as I get older by doing good for others as well as myself.

By doing that I honor my mother- my hero


Fred Terna

Survived several camps including Theresienstadt, Auschwitz and Kaufering,

a sub camp of Dachau

I am a painter, and I paint with the theme of the Tanach and the Shoah. I paint feelings, attitudes and ideas. I convey what counts in life; living in a fair, open and just community

where we are all responsible for each other


Frieda Rind Lipschitz

Fled with her family to Russia

I never expected to have a family, after starving in Russia and being physically damaged. So I am so grateful to be living such a beautiful life here in America.

I thank God every morning and every night


Frieda Dechner Rosenzweig

Survived the Czernowitz Ghetto and Transnistria

Don’t worry about the stupid things.

Some things in life cannot be changed,

take it as it is and be happy


Gene Sadorkiewicz Meisner

Survived the Lodz Ghetto and several camps including Ravensbrück

When you talk to a person, you feel what the person is trying to convey.

The tone of your voice, tells them how you feel.

Today there is a lack of human relationships.

Young people today want the world to go on very fast,

but sometimes you are better off slowing down.

Our lives before were slower but more human


Gerald Grossman

Survived first in hiding, then by fleeing to Russia

Freedom is the most important thing. I found a country that is actually the best country in the world and I have a lot to say about that, because I’ve been in a lot of countries since I was 17.


Gisela Selo

Found refuge in Holland and England

As an “enemy alien” in the United Kingdom all I knew was to say yes, no and God save the King. I now know it is most important that parents love and encourage their children

and be sure they know how loved they are.


Gisele Soldinger Warshawsky

Hidden child in a Catholic orphanage in Belgium

I have always felt that people are very important to me and I find that young people are most important, because they are the future. They need to be upstanding in their thoughts and ideas as we cannot forget what the ideas of one person can do to one people.


Gitta Lefkowitz Silberstein

Hidden child in several homes as well as an orphanage and convent

You must always be independent and have a profession so that you can run away anyplace in the world and make a living, that way you are able to stand on your own two feet


Gladys & Sam Halpern

Survived the Lvov pogrom, Zolkiew Ghetto and then in hiding

As I was in hiding I felt like I was sitting on death row, you never know when they will call you. But I believe you must never give up and always have hope,

because what we survived was hope against hope.


Hannah Kronheim Deutch

Left Germany on a Kinderstransport to England on February 1, 1939

At 93, I have accomplished much of what I wanted to and I am still working on the rest; helping other people and seeing my great grandchildren grow up the way

I was brought up, not thinking only of themselves.


Heddy Spitzer Kulka

Left Austria for the United States via Zurich and Paris on September 11, 1938

My father taught me that if you shovel shit you have to shovel faster than the next one

and never be ashamed of an honest day’s work.

My mother taught me that you don’t have to prepare for poverty, you learn it overnight.


Helen Baruch Berkovitz

Survived the ghetto and several camps including Auschwitz, Mauthausen, Flossenbürg and Mehltheuer

I’ve liked everything in my life since the war, and I consider myself a very happy person because I know sometimes things don’t work and when they don’t you need to change.


Helga & Mayer Luden

Deported to Siberia for forced labor

When I arrived in the DP Camp and I saw all the liberated Jews it meant that we had a temporary home, but we needed a permanent home- that’s why Israel is so important to me.


Henry Musat

Survived several camps including Theresienstadt, Auschwitz and Friedland

For someone like me who lost everything, material things are not as important as

personal relationships, friendships, love and caring.


Henry Schindler

Survived Theresienstadt, Auschwitz,Gleiwitz before escaping a death march

In Auschwitz I was told “from now on you answer to your number, no more Henry Schindler, you are number B12777.” I am not ashamed of that number, I know who I am.


Hilda Rotbard Pinewski

Survived several forced labor camps

Live your life to the fullest, help others, and most of all, be a mensch


Inge Auerbacher

Survived Theresienstadt

Once my voice was silenced by the voices of darkness and hate. I now have the opportunity to speak in a loud voice, to silence the shouts of ignorance, prejudice and pre conceived ideas.


Irene Feldman Greenwald

Survived several camps including Auschwitz, and Ravensbrück

Every child of the Holocaust looks at the world differently, some children want to know and some say they know enough. Because of what I lived through I know that it is important to be loved and to give love. Most of the time, whatever you give you get back.


Irma Beck Vary-Nagy


Jack Feldman

Survived several camps including Ludwigsdorf and Auschwitz

It is important to be a good person and to help other people in need. If you come into my fish market and cannot pay for what you need, you will not leave hungry,

because I know what hunger is.


Jack Gutterman

Survived five camps including Auschwitz and Buchenwald before escaping a death march on route to Dachau

I know the present, I don’t know what’s in the future and the past I try to erase.

Life is all about destiny


Jack Silverman

Survived the Vilna Ghetto and then in hiding in the countryside

I couldn’t complain. I’m not a professor, but I’ve had a lot of luck in my life. I came here not with a dime in my pocket and I was able to send my children to school, only in America it could happen.


Jacob Breitstein

Survived numerous camps including Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen

The success of aging is to be pain, drug, vitamin free, creative, and not to die before you reach 115


Jacqueline Dessau Hilf

Sent to St. Amand Les Eaux to live with a Protestant family

Because I was separated from and lost time with my family during the war, I have always appreciated the joy of every moment with my children and grandchildren


Jan Menchel

Survived Auschwitz and escaped from a 2nd camp while on a death march

Make sure your children are proactive enough to make sure this never happens again.


Jane “Inge” Goldschmidt Keibel

Passenger on the ill-fated SS St. Louis “Voyage of the damned” who found refuge in France

I learned that my parents’ generation was very resilient.

To be chased out of the country you lived in and fought for is unbelievable.

I hope it never happens again.


Gusta Jean Griffel


Ellen & Jerry Kaidanow

Survived as a partisan in the woods of Poland

Whatever we survivors have accomplished is a Naqam (Hebrew for revenge) to Hitler, because we have lived good productive lives


Jill Chase

Survived as a hidden child under the protection of nuns

I think a human being is like a book. You cannot tell from the outside based on color, religion or nationality if they’re good or bad. I don’t care what’s outside; I can tell if someone is a good person by looking into their eyes as the eyes reflect the soul.


Joe Sabrin

Born in Vilna Ghetto

I don’t know my exact whereabouts during the Holocaust as we survived by being everywhere.

My father was the Forest Gump of the Holocaust. I do know that Knowledge is very important,

if you have something to say about history its gotta be told.


Johanna & Max Liebman

Deported to France and interned in Gurs before being sent to safety in Le Chambon

I attribute happiness to being by nature an optimist. Having an optimistic outlook helps. I wish people would make peace and get along with one another.

Deported to France and interned in Gurs before being sent to safety in Le Chambon

Never panic, keep your head together, you have to make your own decisions.


Johanna de Leeuw Reiss

Hidden Child in a small hamlet called Usselo

I was hidden for 1000 days and 1000 nights by a simple uneducated farmer named Johan Oosterveld. He told me as I left his care-barely able to walk ” I can now see what the war did to you, but don’t go into the world with hate, that’s not what I saved you for.”


Joseph Just

Served in the Soviet Army from 1940-1945 and was a liberator of Majdanek

You must always be alert and take everything in.

You should stand tall, be proud of being a Jew,

an American and a supporter of Israel.


Karl C Schapiro

Survived the Kalusz Ghetto and then in hiding

This generation should live the life I have lived in this country, productive, ethical and moral, with good citizenship and a strong love and commitment to Israel.


Kurt Goldschmidt

Survivor of Theresienstadt

Be honest, and work hard and it will give you the comforts of life.


Laura Molho Sard

Survived by escaping Thessaloniki (Salonika) with false papers

Whenever something bad happens I say to myself, how important is this? If it doesn’t affect someone’s health or life, there is a way out. You cannot always think about the time you were running for your life- that is counter productive.


Leah Goldberg

Sent to Siberia with her uncle

Before my father sent my sister and me away, he said “ I want to know that when I die I am leaving two children in this world.” As a refugee in Russia, I dreamed I saw him coming toward me. He said “ I’m glad you are home, go there as I prepared a trousseau for you and your sister. On the right side is yours, on the left is hers.” When I asked if he was coming too, he said “ no” and slowly disappeared as he climbed a ladder to the sky.

My father’s prediction came true, as the rest of my family perished

leaving just two daughters to this world.


Leo Wolsky

Survivor of numerous camps including Auschwitz, Dora and Bergen-Belsen

After all I had gone through, I embraced my new country with a love second only to the deep love and devotion I hold for my precious family and my fellow survivors. I am deeply appreciative of the freedoms and opportunities it offered. For me, it is important at every step of the way, not to look for the easy path, but to maintain a high moral standard, treating everyone honestly and straightforwardly, and not judgmentally.


Lola Kapelusznik Rothkopf

Survived in Auschwitz for the entire duration of the war

I believe that if I told my children what I experienced in concentration camp, they could never live a normal life. If they could not be normal children, Hitler would have won…again. I could not allow that to happen.


Lori Raskin

Fled to Siberia with her entire family

By excelling you get confidence, by having confidence you do well.


Lucy Lorber Pantirer

Fled to Siberia with her entire family

Be thankful every day. I am most thankful for my family which is the most important part of life. Everyone within a family should always take care of and watch over each other.


Ludwig Fischel

Survived the Riga Ghetto as well as several camps including Stutthof

From the day I was liberated, until today I have always remained positive. I always look AT people, I don’t like to hate, because hate only produces more hate.


Luna Fuss Kaufman

Survived the Krakow Ghetto as well as several labor and concentration camps

I feel very strongly that we need to stretch our hand to everybody and we have to learn about each other. A lot of problems come because people don’t know who the others are.

We have to live in harmony because there’s no other alternative.


Marcel Smigel

Arrived as a refugee in America, Thanksgiving 1940

In life you need three things patience, a cast iron stomach and brass balls.


Margot Heuman

Survived Theresienstadt, Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen

It is your responsibility to do something for others, as that will bring you happiness. Do not ever do anything against your conscience as you must always do what feels right for you.


Mark Koller

Survived Transnistria and Tropova

On April 23, 1944 we were liberated by the Soviets, a date that not only marked my liberation, but my 13th birthday. Surrounded by my parents and brother I was made aware of the importance of the day and together we expressed our happiness to have survived the ordeal, we made it! According to Jewish tradition you’re accorded a 2nd Bar Mitzvah 70 years after your first. As I was denied my first at age 13, at age 83, on April 19, 2014, surrounded by family and friends we had this beautiful ceremony. The event marked a milestone in my life,

an unforgettable event that proved that it is never too late.


Marsha Grunberg Kreuzman

Survived the Krakow Ghetto and several camps including Plaszow, Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen,

Flossenberg & Mautthausen

Doesn’t matter what religion, color or race someone is.

We cannot bother other people or interfere with other’s religion.

We must respect everybody.


Manek Werdiger


Melvin Federbush

Survived several camps including Buchenwald then escaped into the woods from a transport to Auschwitz where he remained until the war ended

I’m older than most and I’m still learning, there is no limit. Every piece of information I can get I am grateful for. I expect this generation to be good citizens.

I see greatness in America’s kids and therefore, I see a great future for the United States.


Mendel Maron

Escaped the Breslau (Wrocław) Ghetto, with his future wife, and they survived in hiding

I want my story to survive, because I cannot believe it happened and I did survive.


Michael Taylor

Refugee, survivor of Camp de Rivesaltes, member of the French Resistance, participated in the liberation of Dachau with the US Army and served as a soldier in the Israeli War for Independence

God was behind me and saved me from all dangers, he said to me,

” Go to the concentration camps and save others. “


Michael Zeiger

Hidden underground on a neighbor’s farm

Michael feels that this quote, From Ethics of the Fathers,

represents the kindness and protection he received from Anton Suchinsky,

the farmer who hid his family at great risk to himself

“Where there is no human being, be a human being.”


Millie & Abe Zuckerman

Survived hidden in the homes of Gentile neighbors

Survived numerous camps including Plaszow and Gusen II a sub-camp of Mauthausen

Never to forget- never to forgive


Miriam Edelstein

Survived by moving deeper into Russia

I look at life like a card game and whatever hand you are dealt you have to play.


Miriam “Manya” Rak Kleinman

Survived several camps including Bergen-Belsen, then escaped into the woods while on a death march where she hid in a barn

The family we lost in Europe lives on in the beautiful family we built in America.

With strength, faith and love, you can carry on and build a good life.


Nat Ross

Survived three years of forced labor and Auschwitz

Never forget your faith and never forget where you came from


Nathan Freund

Survived several camps including Auschwitz, Dachau and Zittau

My children and my grandchildren are my revenge- I showed them!


Nina Vogel Gottlieb

Survived living on the outskirts of Warsaw with Aryan papers

I am amazed at the inhumanity of people.

We are all born as little adorable children- what happens to us?


Norbert Strauss

Came to America as a refugee in January 1941

The secret to living a good life, which is satisfying and rewarding, is to give back. Giving is one of the ways to pay back to society for the United States giving me a home.


Olga Bergman Grili

Arrived in England aboard the last Kinderstransport to leave Prague under the protection of Sir Nicholas Winton

I feel the famed playwright George Bernard Shaw sums up my philosophy on life when he wrote “ You grow old too soon and wise too late.”


Olga Rozner Grun

Survived Auschwitz and Ravensbrück

You have to be as strong as you can. You can survive everything if you have mental strength. Physical strength goes, but mental strength survives. I ask this next generation to please make sure that nobody will ever forget what happened.


Paul Galan

Liberated from Nováky labor camp during a partisan uprising, then found refuge in various Slovakian mountain villages

You need to look at another not for the color of one’s skin, religion or color of one’s eyes, but for what’s inside them. Because even among the worst, on occasion, human kindness comes through.


Paulette Korssia Wolfe Dorflaufer


Paulette Berkovitch Schwartzman

Hidden Child in the Flanders, Belgium

My father had a philosophy; you don’t live with bitterness in your heart. I’m not a grump, I enjoy life, not that I go to nightclubs and dancing, but I enjoy every day.


Peri Polack Hirsch

Survived Auschwitz and several forced labor camps

After the war I thought there would be peace and all people would be tolerated.

You don’t have to love each other, but you do have to tolerate one another.

We have to hope that will happen


Peter & Anna Somogyi

Survived the Pécs Ghetto and Auschwitz

I am always an optimist, that’s how I stayed alive and that’s what has carried me anyplace or anywhere I went.


Bettina Knisbacher Graf


Phyllis Friedman Margules

Survived Auschwitz, Breslau, Gross-Rosen, Mauthausen and Bergen-Belsen

As we boarded the train to Auschwitz my father told me that one person has to be left alive to watch out for Anti-Semitism and to tell the world of the troubles we as Jews endured.

You must have an eyewitness to bear witness.


Rachel Malmed Epstein

Hidden Child in France

I was born in the wrong time and the wrong place, but I’m not going to let the rest of my life dwell on that. There are very good people in the world and the world has to know these kind of people.


Raymond Fishler

Survived numerous camps including Plaszow, Auschwitz and Plattling

You need to Teach not to live with hate, but to learn to get along with people and to respond if you see something wrong is happening. I am proud of seeing my fellow survivors who were so dehumanized and yet have led such beautiful lives.

The 2nd and 3rd generations are proof of their life achievements.


Regina Schmidt Finer

Survived the Warsaw Ghetto, Auschwitz and Madjanek

Maybe there is a God, I survived.

My family gives back life to me.

You never saw life like I saw, but now I like life, I even love dancing.

Maybe there is a God.


Renee Brown Klein

Survived Auschwitz and Langenbielau, a sub-camp of Gross-Rosen

In life it is important to be healthy and happy and useful-

Being useful helped save my life.


Renée Rozenpik Levy

Survived with false papers

I wish Israel a long life. There needs to be a state for the Jewish people because when I was in hiding no one wanted us.


Renée Fersen-Osten

Hidden child in a Franciscan Convent in Toulouse, France

It was so long ago.

I am free now. I can be me

But the pain never left.

The memories are vivid,

As though it were yesterday

They took everything.

The warm house. My dog.

Papa. Mama

We fled. Ran to hide

But I am here now,

I am free.


Reni & Walter Hanau

Born 1910 – Breslau, Germany; Survived Buchenwald – 1939

Lived as an “enemy alien” refugee in England and was the youngest “POW” to arrive in the United States

Refugee in Luxembourg before coming to the United States

We are very blessed to be in the United States and thankful that our children found a good niche in life. We hope this generation learns not to take anything for granted

as everything can change in an instant


Ron Unger

Survived several camps including Plaszow, Mauthausen and Ebensee

I tell today’s children, in 2045 it will be 100 years since we were liberated and they should remember and tell our stories.


Rosa Cymberknopf Plawner

Survived the Bedzin Ghetto and several camps including Bobrek, and a sub camp of Auschwitz

I felt nothing in the concentration camps and I feel I lost everything. I lost family, I lost my teenage years- I was always a prisoner. I learned about life by what my daughters taught me, as I raised my children I regained my life and had a great time!


Rose Stern Rauner & Wolfgang (Johnny) Rauner aka “Wolfie”

Arrived in America as a refugee, September 1937

Refugee in Luxembourg before coming to America June 21, 1941

We are avid citizens of the United States of America. We are super patriots, because this country saved us. We feel it is important to be loyal, active and thankful citizens of this great country.


Ruth Wallach Bachner

Hidden in a convent in Belgium

When I saw the tribute at Yad Vashem to Father Bruno Reynders, who saved me, I started to cry because there were good people in the world who jeopardized themselves for me. You need to understand that a human being is a human being whether he is black, white, Jewish or Christian.

Because of religion or color you cannot annihilate a whole sect.


Ruth & Fred Friedman

Refugee in unoccupied Belgium and Switzerland

Survived with false papers underground in Hungary and was instrumental in saving dozens of Jewish citizens

When you hear open Anti-Semitism you must stop it at the start. There were 6 million people, over 1 million children murdered.

God gives us days, months and hope that it will never happen again


Ruth Gruber

Journalist, Photographer, Humanitarian who in 1944 served as a “simulated General” under Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes in the Roosevelt administration to bring 1,000 Jewish refugees from Naples, Italy to America

Words have great meaning and I always wanted to find the words that could do the most good. I strongly believe you must have dreams, have visions and let no obstacle stop you.


Ruth Erlich Turek

Survived several camps including Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen

While I cannot ever forget the losses I suffered, I love and celebrate the fact that I am surrounded by family, as nothing is more important than family, being a good human being and learning not to hate.


Sally Putter Birnbaum

Survived the Warsaw Ghetto and several camps including Treblinka, Majdanek, Auschwitz and Malchow a sub camp of Ravensbrück

My survival was not about me. It is our moral obligation to help our people continue to flourish. Those that perished in the Shoah can only be honored through the perpetual existence of a strong Jewish people and community.


Sally and Paul Edelsberg

Survived working in the Krychow Farm, then joined Russian partisans and fought with the Russian army before returning to Poland

If you go into history you will find that people have always fought, whether with stones, bows and arrows or guns. In a war there is no mercy.

My hope is that one day there will be no more war.


Sam Widawsky

Survived the Lodz Ghetto and several camps including Auschwitz and Kaufering before escaping on a death march to Dachau

After being separated from my family in Auschwitz, I don’t know how I survived the war, but I did! I am thankful I have a wonderful family and had the opportunity to live a full life in America.


Sam Zelikson

Survived Bergen-Belsen

The most important thing in life is to stay strong. I was able to do that because I was born ready and that’s why I survived


Sami Steigmann

Survived forced labor and medical experimentation before being saved by a German woman

You cannot respect anyone unless you respect yourself. My parents taught me, and I teach young people that once you respect yourself you will be willing to accept and respect other people’s opinions and cultures. Because of this attitude, I have never felt like a victim.


Samuel Shlomo Peltz

Survived the ghettos and in hiding

If I look back all the time I probably could not survive. Instead you need to look forward and take things as they are and try to devote yourself to what is dear to you.


Sarah Jody

Survived the Kaunas Ghetto and Stutthof

Since the movie Shoah, I am like a bee drawn to a flame and see everything related to the Holocaust. I now relive it. I feel I am carrying a load on my back, like I am a hunchback- it weighs me down. But this resurgence is necessary to help teach the truth of what happened.


Sol Rosenkranz

Survived the ghetto, forced labor and several camps including Buchenwald and Theresienstadt

Live Life to the fullest of your capacity and take it one day at a time.


Stefan Weinberg

Survived several camps including Plaszow, Gross-Rosen and Buchenwald before escaping while on a death march

I had an excellent life in the United States, an excellent marriage for 68 3/4 years, but I never forgot who I am, what happened to me and my people. I’m just human- but I’m lucky.


Stephen Berger


Susan “Herta” Pisker Graham

Came to the United States as a refugee in November 1939

When your family and everything you know is taken away from you and you feel that you are all alone in the world, know that it is possible that someday you will find someone to hold dear and you can find new people to love. There will be a better tomorrow.


Sylvie & Oliver Lednicer

Fled throughout multiple countries before finding refuge in Canada and then the United States

There is always room for hope

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Brian Marcus

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Still Here is a project conceived by NYC photographer Brian Marcus, whose grandfather, Fred Marcus, was a survivor of Buchenwald. Committed to preserving the legacy of Holocaust survivors, Brian’s concept was to photograph over 100 members of this remarkable community. To round out the project Brian wanted to add insights from this group to educate and inform future generations. He partnered with author June Hersh and together they photographed and interviewed over 150 survivors and WWII liberators. Their portraits and quotes speak volumes. Still Here is a fluid project, whose goal is to include photos and stories from those who visit this site. Join us in this important conversation and be the voice for those whose voices were silenced and a witness to those who valiantly survived.