Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center Memory Keepers Online Cocktail Hour: GenerationsForward Speaker Series with Debbie Lewis

June 26, 2020, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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The Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center’s Memory Keepers Online Cocktail Hour will feature GenerationsForward speaker Debbie Lewis on June 26 at 5 p.m.

Debbie Lewis is the child of two Polish Holocaust survivors. Her mother, Rose, was born in Lodz and survived the Lodz Ghetto, Birkenau, Oederon, (Flossenburg) and Terezin before immigrating to London in 1945 with a group of 732 orphans known as “The Boys.”

Debbie’s father, Benjamin, was born in Opatow and was a prisoner at a subcamp of Buchenwald known as Skarjisko Kamienna, here he was able to survive thanks to his skills as a tailor.

As part of our mission, we have established the Memory Keepers Online Cocktail Hour—our stories, where our members will share their family’s experiences. Each cocktail hour, a Memory Keeper will give testimony which can be seen online from the safety and comfort of your own home.

We tell our family’s story from our next generation perspective, adding new meaning to the survivors’ powerful stories of witness. Our stories provide a thought-provoking window into the unimaginable consequences of human hate, and help individuals realize that their daily choices matter, that one person can make a difference, and that hope is important, regardless of the circumstances.

As part of the GenerationsForward initiative of the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center, Memory Keepers help achieve its mission to teach the lessons of the Holocaust, to promote the right of all people to be treated with dignity and respect, and to encourage speaking up and acting against all forms of hate, bigotry, and prejudice.

Mark your calendar for upcoming speakers:
Friday, July 10 William Zimmerman
Friday, July 17 Ellen Kaidanow
Friday, July 24 Julie Zilberberg
Details to follow.

For Zoom long-in information, please e-mail Millie Jasper at mjasper@hhrecny.org