The Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center created a second and third generation group, called GenerationsForward.
This group includes children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors. We meet throughout the year and have ongoing projects and events. Members of this group are invited to take the Holocaust Memories Preservation Workshop, designed to create effective Holocaust speakers. The workshop is run by Jill Sarkozi at Safekeeping Stories.
If you would like to be part of this group or have questions, please contact Millie Jasper at firstname.lastname@example.org
GenerationsForward have ongoing projects to help educate individuals
Members speak out, as seen through the lens of family members experiences and survival
Continuing a Legacy
A group bringing together second and third generation individuals of Holocaust survivors
Mother fled the Holocaust alone at age 16
Used her mother's story to author a children’s picture book, Hedy’s Journey: The True Story of a Hungarian Girl Fleeing the Holocaust
Michelle Bisson tells the story of her mother’s journey from Budapest, Hungary, to Lisbon, Portugal, in the middle of the Holocaust in her children’s picture book, Hedy’s Journey: The True Story of a Hungarian Girl Fleeing the Holocaust (ages 8+). Michelle’s mother was only 16 when she had to travel alone, through Nazi Germany, in 1941, in order to escape the fate of her cousin Marika and much of her extended family, who perished in the Holocaust. Michelle talks about how this dangerous journey alone, and the loss of one of her mother’s closest friends and relatives, as well as so many others, affected the rest of her mother’s life and that of her uncle, who was only 11 at the time. She also speaks about how other members of the extended family survived the Holocaust in Hungary, including one aunt who hid in the woods with her newborn son, now a lawyer in NYC. Michelle also talks about the effect on her life of being the child of a mother who experienced such pain. And she also talks about the pain and the pleasures of life in America after the Holocaust.
Michelle lives in Tarrytown, New York, with her life partner, Mark, whose family came to America a few generations back to escape the Russian-Jewish purges. Michelle works as a senior editorial manager at Capstone Press, a K-12 children’s educational publishing company.
Michelle is a member of GenerationsForward, a group of second and third generation individuals sponsored by the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center of White Plains, New York.
Granddaughter of four Holocaust Survivors
Shares the story of her paternal grandmother, who hid from the Nazis in Poland
Graduated from Cornell University and New York University Law School
Works for New York State Assemblywoman Amy R. Paulin
As the granddaughter of four Holocaust survivors, Michelle Gewanter tells their story to honor and preserve their memories. She is committed to transmitting the stories and lessons of the Holocaust to audiences of all ages.
Michelle shares her paternal grandmother’s story of survival in World War II Poland, where her grandmother, Hindzia, hid from the Nazis and their collaborators. Hindzia was the only member of her immediate family to survive, with the exception of her brother who had fled to Russia in the early part of the war. After the war, Hindzia met her husband, Karl, who had survived by hiding in an underground bunker that he built with his brothers in a Polish forest. They lived in a displaced persons camp in Austria, where Michelle’s father was born, until they emigrated to the United States in 1950.
Residing in Scarsdale with her husband and three children, Michelle works for New York State Assemblywoman Amy R. Paulin, focusing on legislative policy and constituent affairs. She graduated from Cornell University and New York University Law School. After law school, Michelle’s commitment to helping Holocaust survivors led her to a position as assistant settlement counsel on the Holocaust Victim Assets Litigation (also known as the Holocaust-Swiss Bank cases). In addition, she worked for the American Jewish Committee and the NYU Law School Masters of Law program.
Michelle is a member of GenerationsForward, a group of second and third generation individuals sponsored by the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center of White Plains, New York.
Aunt and uncle, Bertha and Henry Behr, imprisoned in Terezinstadt
Retired educator from New York City School System & Mercy College School of Education
Cyberseniors volunteer at Greenburgh Public Library
Dr. Carol Gladstone
Dr. Carol Gladstone’s aunt and uncle, Bertha and Henry Behr, were imprisoned in Terezinstadt from 1941-1945 until Carol’s father brought them to America in 1946. The Behrs’ experience with starvation and extreme cruelty at the hands of the Nazis form the basis of her narrative and its relationship to child abuse spanning three generations.
Henry Behr was among the Holocaust artists whose work depicts the camp and living conditions. Carol Gladstone’s Aunt Bertha and Uncle Henry exemplify how survivors of Terezin as well as victims of abuse could ultimately lead productive, loving lives.
Carol is a retired educator from the New York City School System and the Mercy College School of Education, so her background enables her to address classes about overcoming dark times in history and in one’s personal life. She lives with her husband in Hartsdale, NY and is on the executive board of the Lower Hudson Valley Council of Supervisors and Administrators Retiree Unit.
Dr. Carol Gladstone is a volunteer with the cyberseniors at the Greenburgh Public Library and serves on the Retired Faculty Association of Mercy College.
Dr. Gladstone is a member of GenerationsForward, a group of second and third generation individuals sponsored by the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center of White Plains, New York.
Daughter of two Holocaust Survivors
Mother was hidden in a convent
Tells the story of her father's journey from Germany to Poland and through 3 concentration camps
A Life Coach
Ellen Bachner Greenberg
Ellen Bachner Greenberg is the daughter of two holocaust survivors.
Ellen’s mother, Ruth Bachner, was born in Austria and fled to Belgium in 1943 where she spent the remainder of the war hidden in a convent. Her father, Fred Bachner, was born in Berlin and his life changed dramatically in 1940 when he and his family were exiled to (Chrzanow) Poland as part of the increased restriction the Germans imposed on the Jews. Everyone was forced to work and Fred, who was 15 years old, found a job delivering beer and soda to German Army posts, restaurants, and even Trzebina, a labor camp. In 1943 the Germans marched in to Chrzanow to remove all Jews and Fred was sent to a concentration camp.
Ellen’s presentation chronicles her father’s life before the war and his experience surviving 3 concentration camps and death marches. Through taped video interviews he gave before he passed away in 2008, we hear Fred’s own testimony of what daily life in concentration camp was like.
Ellen speaks of her father’s incredible will to survive and the optimism, perseverance, and positive attitude that exemplified how he lived his life post war. Ellen discusses what it was like for her growing up as the child of holocaust survivors and speaks honestly and openly about the impact it has had on her.
Ellen and her husband Carl are the proud parents of 2 children who live and work in Manhattan. Ellen enjoys working as a Life Coach and guiding her clients towards achieving goals, overcoming obstacles, and making changes in their lives.
Daughter of two Holocaust survivors
Has started successful organizations that continue to thrive
Anita Greenwald is the daughter of two Holocaust survivors. Her father was only 12 years old when the Nazis arrived in his Polish town of Tomasev Lubelski and sent him to Siberia, resulting in heart-breaking loss and a lifelong commitment to family, Israel and making a good life. Her mother was only 5 years old when she was taken from her German home to Camp Gurs, France, and was just the beginning of her journey of devastation and miracles. Anita will tell her father’s/mother’s story and share how being a child of a Holocaust survivors has impacted her life.
Anita lives in Armonk, NY with her husband, Richard and they have two childen that are launched and two in college. Professionally, Anita has started successful organizations that continue to thrive, in both the corporate and the non-profit world.
Anita is a member of GenerationsForward, a group of second and third generation individuals sponsored by the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center of White Plains, New York.
Son of two Hungarian Holocaust survivors
Tells the story of how his teenage parents survived, married, and rebuilt their lives
Real Estate entrepreneur
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 the war, they returned to Budapest to find that they were orphans. They managed to fall in love, marry, emigrate to America and have three children. However, the love story does not last their lifetimes, and Michael discusses what is was like to grow up in America with survivor parents.
Michael grew up in the seclusion of Northern Westchester county and still lives in the county. He has one son who is currently in college. He holds a Master’s degree in Communication from the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania. After a brief time in the corporate world he has been a real estate entrepreneur, building houses, doing renovations and developing self-storage facilities. He is also a partner in an online vintage clothing business.
Michael is a member of GenerationsForward, a group of second and third generation individuals sponsored by the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center of White Plains, New York.
Daughter-in-law of two Holocaust survivors
Tells the story of her mother-in-law, who became the sole surviving family member at age 6
Converted to Judaism
Previously worked in real estate and executive recruiting
Ellen Kaidanow is the daughter-in-law of two Holocaust survivors. Her mother in law, also named Ellen Kaidanow, was only 5 years old when her mother, father and two sisters were all forced to move from their beautiful home in Dubno, Ukraine to a walled Jewish ghetto. Ellen tells the story of her mother in law’s life as a young girl in the ghetto and her miraculous tale of becoming the sole survivor of her family at age 6. She was saved by a Christian woman who hid her for two years.
Ellen feels that part of her fate and purpose is to be a witness for her mother in law’s story. She wants to honor her and help others of all religions have a personal connection to the Holocaust so they become witnesses. Most important, she wants to influence others to be “upstanders”, not bystanders. She also wants to show those who are struggling with tragedy that her mother in law was able to be resilient under the worst circumstances and went on to have great joy and love in her life despite the devastating experiences she had as a child. She wants to inspire others to never give up hope and to be grateful for what you do have. When possible, Ellen’s mother in law will accompany her to the presentation and will be available for a question and answer period afterward.
Ellen lives in Harrison, NY with her husband, Joseph. They have two daughters who are out of college and working, and a son who is still in college. Ellen worked in commercial real estate and executive recruiting before she became a full-time mother, active community organizer and volunteer for her children’s schools. She continues her volunteer work with her synagogue, UJA, and several other local non-profit organizations. She enjoys playing tennis and canasta and being a member of GenerationsForward, a group of second and third generation individuals sponsored by the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center of White Plains, New York.
Daughters of a Holocaust Survivor
The sisters tell the story of their father, who survived the horrors of the Holocaust, enduring slave labor and torture at four different concentration camps, including Plazcow, the camp portrayed in the film, “Schindler’s List.”
Barbara Lewis Kaplan & Bonnie Lewis Rodney
Barbara Lewis Kaplan and Bonnie Lewis Rodney are the daughters of a Holocaust survivor. The sisters tell the story of their father, Leon Lewis, who grew up in Krakow, Poland and survived the horrors of the Holocaust, enduring slave labor and torture at four different concentration camps, including Plazcow, the camp portrayed in the film, “Schindler’s List.” Bonnie and Barbara also recount their father’s literal leap of faith jump to escape a cattle car headed to an extermination camp. Their father’s story is also one of resilience and perseverance as his daughter’s talk about his building a new life in America, while overcoming more obstacles including the death of his American-born wife at a young age. With rare photos and video, Barbara and Bonnie bring to life their father’s incredible journey, and describe their emotional trip back to Krakow with Leon. The Lewis sisters both live in Larchmont, NY.
Barbara and Bonnie are members of GenerationsForward, a group of second and third generation individuals sponsored by the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center of White Plains, New York.
Lost several family members in the Holocaust
Tells the story of the Horner and Kellner families
Graduated from Columbia University
A Licensed Master of Social Work & practitioner of energy medicine
Taught Hebrew & Global Studies
Sandra Mehl is a first generation American who lost several family members in the Holocaust. She tells the story of the heroic deeds of the Horner and Kellner families, who lived in Poland, Germany and Belgium, and rescued lives and precious legacy from Nazi occupied Europe. Additionally, she shares the impact of her experiences growing up with survivors and offers a message of hope for the next generations – how to shift from surviving to thriving.
Although Sandra’s story evolved from a commitment to keeping her family’s values and traditions alive and a desire to gift a unique legacy to her grandson, Zevi on the occasion of his becoming a Bar Mitzvah, she is also determined to help the next generations connect to a fateful time in history that dares to repeat itself, and accept the call to action to make certain “never again”.
Sandra graduated from Columbia University and is a Licensed Master of Social Work and practitioner of energy medicine. After living in Harrison, Westchester where she raised her children, practiced in neighborhood hospitals, taught Hebrew and Global Studies in community schools, she recently moved to Stamford, Ct. where she happily lives near her family, and is excited to start the next chapter.
Sandra credits her family for teaching her to survive, and her journey as a member of Generations Forward, a group of second and third generation individuals sponsored by The Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center of White Plains, for helping her learn to thrive.
Sandra is a member of GenerationsForward, a group of second and third generation individuals sponsored by the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center of White Plains, New York.
Pictured: Audrey Unger Reich with her father Ron Unger
Father is a Holocaust survivor
An artist & educator, telling her father’s Holocaust story
Audrey Unger Reich
Audrey’s father, Ron (Romek) Unger, grew up in the southern Polish town of Tarnow. His life changed abruptly at age 11, when the Nazis invaded Poland in September 1939. He lived under ever-increasing restrictions and brutality until he was deported to Plaszow, the first of three concentration camps he was sent to during the War. He was liberated from Ebensee (a satellite camp to Mauthausen) on May 6, 1945, only months after his father died of infection and malnutrition. Ron’s mother was murdered at Auschwitz. Ron spent more than three years in a displaced persons camp in Italy until emigrating to the United States in December 1948.
Audrey visited Poland in 2014 and was able to find her father’s home in Tarnow, as well as the building where his family’s business had been. She also visited Zbylitowska Gora, a forest outside of Tarnow, where, in June 1942, 6,000 Tarnow Jews, including 800 children, were shot by German soldiers and then buried in mass graves.
Audrey is an artist and educator, who tells her father’s Holocaust story, and has created artwork inspired by it. Ron is involved in the “Adopt-a-Survivor” program on Long Island. They hope to ensure that the horrors of the Holocaust, and the personal stories of the survivors, will never be forgotten.
Audrey is a member of GenerationsForward, a group of second and third generation individuals sponsored by the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center of White Plains, New York.
Israeli-born Granddaughter and Daughter of Holocaust Survivors
Shares the history of her grandmother who survived two death camps and her seven-year-old father who was hidden by Christians
Graduated from Yale University and New York University School of Law
Tamar shares the history of the strength, bravery, and hope of her grandmother Margit and her father Ivan and of the ordinary people who chose to help them survive the Holocaust. When Margit and six-year-old Ivan were in a forced labor camp their lives were saved by a man who risked his life to get them removed from a death camp transport. Ivan was then smuggled out of the camp and three different Christians in Slovakia hid him at great risk to themselves. Margit was sent to Ravensbruck and Bergen-Belsen death camps and was liberated when she was gravely ill and wounded. Ivan’s father, grandparents, and many other family members were murdered by the Nazis. After the Holocaust Margit and Ivan started a new life in Israel. Ivan met and married Tamar’s mother Esther, whose parents survived the Holocaust by escaping Nazi Germany and helped found Nahariya, Israel.
She hopes to inspire the realization that your choices matter and contribute to history, and that history is the sum of choices made by ordinary people individually and as part of groups and governments. She seeks to impart that it is essential to reject silence and indifference, and to combat hatred, discrimination, and injustice in our local communities, nation, and world.
Tamar was born in Israel and came to the United States when she was two years old. She holds a B.A. in History from Yale University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. She worked at Kramer Levin & Naftalis, the Anti-Defamation League's Legal Affairs Department, and Hadassah's National Domestic Policy Department, where she founded Hadassah's Amicus Brief Program. She is currently Chair of Hadassah's National Attorneys’ Council and a member of Hadassah’s National Board, National Portfolio Council.
She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the American Jewish Committee’s Westchester/Fairfield Region, Co-Chair of the Campus Committee and the Israel New Perspectives Committee, and a founder of the region’s Leaders for Tomorrow education and advocacy program for high school students.
Tamar is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale, and Chair of Alumni and Parent Relations. She is co-founder and national Vice-Chair of the Yale Jewish Alumni Association. She is a member of the Yale Parents Leadership Council, a Yale Alumni Fund Class Agent since graduation, a Co-Chair of her Yale 20th Reunion, and an Attendance Chair of her Yale 30th Reunion. Tamar endows a fund that supports Yale students travelling to Israel to study and work and a fund that supports Israeli students studying at Yale.
She lives in Purchase, New York and has two children: Danielle is a Yale graduate who is currently pursuing a J.D./M.S.F.S. at Georgetown University while working for the U.S. Department of Justice and William is a senior at Yale.
Tamar is a member of GenerationsForward, a group of second and third generation individuals sponsored by the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center of White Plains, New York.
Wendy is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor
Her mother is a Founding Board member of the HHREC
She shares the story of her mother who hid her identity under a false name and false documents from the Nazis in Poland.
Wendy shares the story of her mother's journey from a Jewish six year old to a Catholic school girl who hid in the convent back again to an ardent Jew. She credits her blue eyes with saving her because she didn’t look Jewish and could pass as an Aryan.
Wendy’s mother's story is also about luck and the Upstanding actions of a Priest who risked his life to do help secure proper documentation for the family. It’s a story about hope...and doing the right thing in the face of grave danger.
Wendy is active in UJA Federation and other charitable organizations in the Westchester community, She lives with her husband Neil in Mamaroneck. They have two sons who have graduated from college and are working in New York City.
She's also a Gallery Educator who leads tours for school age children at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City.
Wendy is a member of GenerationsForward, a group of second and third generation individuals sponsored by the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center of White Plains, New York.
Mother was a Holocaust survivor
Grandmother and Aunt were victims
Researcher and Holocaust scholar
Joan Long Salomon
Joan Long Salomon is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and the niece and granddaughter of Holocaust victims. She will speak about what it was like to be a Jewish person living in Nazi Germany, as seen through the lens of her family's experiences, as well as how being a child of a survivor has impacted her life. Her talk is punctuated by poignant excerpts from letters written by her grandmother in Nazi Germany to her mother in America.
Joan travels frequently to Germany where she engages in Holocaust research, speaking and memorialization work and the laying of Stolpersteine ("stumbling blocks") for victims from the city her family lived in.
Joan is a member of GenerationsForward, a group of second and third generation individuals sponsored by the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center of White Plains, New York. She has a Ph.D. from Columbia University.
Joan speaking at Stolpersteine laying in Mainz. Minister of Cultural Affairs Marianne Grosse looks on.
Joan, with the "Old City" district of Mainz in the background. This location is very important to her work.
Joan and the Buergermeister of Essenheim holding Stolpersteine.
Israeli born and raised
Daughter of two Holocaust Survivors
Shares the story of her mother Paula
An Artist-Sculptor, also expressing Holocaust in Contemporary Art
Lea Weinberg is a second generation to Holocaust Survivors Paula and Mordechai Fried.
Her father’s Journey from Transylvania to Auschwitz, to more concentration camps, death march and liberation from Dachau. After the war, luckily found his 3 sisters who also survived. He came to Israel on a boat that was sent to Cyprus by British soldiers. Later, joined the Israeli army, was wounded in a battle near Jerusalem; at the hospital, met Paula, who was a nurse.
Her mother Paula (Gelb) was sent from Czechoslovakia to Auschwitz-Birkenau where she lost her parents and siblings, worked, at 18, as a Clothes’ Sorter near the crematoria. After the war came to Israel to build a new life and a new family; bringing to life the memory of her lost family through the nostalgic and vivid stories she told.
Lea speaks about her optimistic mother inspired by the special story about 8 photographs of her family which she came upon in Auschwitz-Birkenau and how she was hiding them.
Lea is preserving the stories she has personally heard in a few different ways:
- A talk about her mother’s story; A poem she wrote: “Memories in the Air”
- As an Artist Sculptor Lea is also expressing Holocaust in Contemporary Art through an ongoing project installation MOTHER-SURVIVOR a woman’s Personal Story intertwined with the Shoah History
Lea was born and raised in Israel; since 2005 lives with her husband and younger daughter in White Plains, NY, their older son and daughter lives in Israel.
Lea is a member of GenerationsForward a group of second and third generations individuals sponsored by the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center of White Plains.
Kathy's parents are Holocaust survivors
Was a foreign language teacher
She & her family are owners of Zaltas Gallery of Fine Jewelry
Kathy Grosz-Zaltas is a daughter of Holocaust survivors. She tells their story to honor their lives and to have their story serve as a purposeful tool to look at bullying, injustice, antisemitism and bigotry in our world today.
Her parents grew up in different parts of Czechoslovakia, enjoying happy, cultured and well-to-do lives. And then, suddenly, the Nazi era began to control their lives, destroying their families forever.
Concentration Camps, Forced Labor, Death Marches were their lot…Despite their hardships and loss, survival was their personal miracle.
Kathy speaks about their lives after the War, along with their growing family in America. She discusses what it is like to be part of the Second Generation.
Kathy lives with her husband in Rye New York. Her family and grandchildren live close by, which is the joy of her life. She was a foreign language teacher for 17 years in Westchester County. Currently, she and her family are the owners of Zaltas Gallery of Fine Jewelry, where she curates fine jewelry and diamonds as well as creates custom pieces for her clients.
Kathy is a member of GenerationsForward, a group of second and third generation individuals sponsored by the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center of White Plains, New York.
Read an article about Kathy here
Debby's parents are Holocaust survivors
Tells the story of her father's war time experiences
Has a Master's in speech-language pathology
Debby is the daughter of two Holocaust survivors. Her father Herman, was born in Kassel Germany and was sent to the Riga Ghetto in Latvia. Herman was a teen when the Nazis invaded Germany. He survived the Riga Ghetto and Kaiserwald, a work camp in Riga Ghetto.
Debby recounts her father's’ story from the perspective of a young teen as well as how her father's wartime story has impacted her.
Debby lives with her husband and three sons in Scarsdale. She received her masters in speech-language pathology.
Debby is a member of GenerationsForward, a group of second and third generation individuals sponsored by the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center of White Plains, New York