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

May 22, 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 Michael Gyory on May 22 at 5 p.m.

Michael is the son of Hungarian Holocaust survivors. During World War II, his parents, mere teenagers were sent to concentration camps and slave labor camps. After surviving the horrors and torture of war, they returned to Budapest to find that they were orphans. They managed to fall in love, marry, immigrate to America and have three children. However, the love story does not last their lifetimes, and Michael discusses what it was like to grow up in America with survivor parents.

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.

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