The Jewish Museum is marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi concentration camps with a series of Holocaust survivor speaker events. This is a unique opportunity to hear eye-witness accounts of events which will soon be beyond living memory.
Zdenka Fantlova – Sunday 25 January 2015, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Zdenka Fantlova was born in Czechoslovakia were she enjoyed a happy childhood until the Nazis invaded in March 1939.
Life changed dramatically and Zdenka and her family were deported to Terezin. During her time in the camps, a ring made and given to her by her boyfriend Arno became a symbol of hope for Zdenka. At great personal risk she managed to keep the ring with her in six different concentration camps. Sadly Arno and the rest of Zdenka’s family did not survive.
Vera and Avram Schaufeld – Sunday 8 March 2015, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Vera was brought over by Nicholas Winton on the Kindertransport while Avram survived the concentration camps. Unbeknown to Vera, her parents had given their wedding rings to Dutch friends, after the war had ended Vera was given back the rings and she and Avram decided to wear the bands when they got married.
Gerta Vrbova – Sunday 22 March 2015, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Eva Schloss – Sunday 12 April 2015, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Eva Schloss will speak about her story of survival and loss and focusing on the beautiful poems her brother left hidden under the floorboards before they were betrayed and arrested. Eva and her mother were the only survivors of their family and Eva’s mother married Otto Frank making her Anne Frank’s posthumous step sister. This will be an opportunity to find out how broken families rebuilt their lives under extraordinary circumstances.