The Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter joined Jews around the world in the commemoration of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) on April 28 at the Westin Chicago-North Shore.
The event recognized and honored local Holocaust survivors. Approximately 400 guests attended the luncheon and raised $15,000 for Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter philanthropic events.
This year’s annual Book & Author Luncheon featured discussion around the book “Out of Chaos: Hidden Children Remember the Holocaust,” which was compiled by Chicago labor lawyer Elaine Saphier Fox. The book contains essays, short stories and poems inspired by the memories of children who survived the Holocaust either through fleeing or hiding during the Nazi occupation of Germany.
“We are honored to be commemorating Yom HaShoah this year by hearing from men and women who lived through it,” said Chicago-North Shore Chapter President Michele Rubin of Northbrook. “As children who were hidden during this horrific time in history, their survival and successful lives is testament to the fact that the Jewish people will survive. In today’s world we take the safety of our homes and families for granted. Their strength to overcome such tragedy is inspiring.”
The program featured eight panelists whose stories are shared in “Out of Chaos.” Leonie Taffel Bergman of Skokie was hidden with her sister and eventually placed in a convent with Gitta Horowitz Fajerstein of Wilmette, smuggled with her sister Chaya across several countries until the Allies liberated the city.
Sheila Taub Birger Gerber of Chicago, was raised as the daughter of Holocaust survivors, but correctly sensed more to her family history.
Marguerite Lederman Mishkin of Wheeling survived the war hidden after her parents were murdered.
Chaya Horowitz Roth of Chicago lived on the run or in hiding, carrying forged papers after the Nazis murdered her father.
Nicole Dreyfus Terry of Highland Park grew up in a Paris suburb with her family who survived the war.
Amos Turner of Highland Park went into hiding to avoid forced labor after the German occupation in 1939; Edith Singer Turner of Highland Park, survived the Holocaust with her family through many life-threatening situations.
Continuing with tradition, the program also honored an outstanding member of Hadassah. This year’s honoree was Harriet Goldberg, who is a lifetime member of Hadassah and has dedicated more than 30 years of service in the Chicago-North Shore area.
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