This is my first article -My grandfather, a Holocaust Survivor, insisted on being buried in his Auschwitz uniform for reasons I have come to understand.
My grandfather, Abraham Bachner, a Holocaust Survivor who passed away in 1980 when he was 85, wanted to be buried with his concentration camp uniform.
My mother, a Holocaust survivor, dying alone and waiting in limbo four days to be buried were the first signs that respecting the deceased was compromised.
They were murdered days after Yom Kippur, yet my father survived. “I’m always asked the question how did I survive. My only answer is that I never gave up hope,” he said.
The rabbi's ominous sermon on my father's big day carried him through the pogrom, the camps, and then liberation: 'It doesn’t become daytime before it literally becomes night'
In 1945 he left the infamous camp on a death march; 40 years later he came back and walked out a free man. His hands are raised, he is smiling, and he looks victorious.
Group Discussions for Children of Survivors and for Grandchildren (Certified Life Coach)
- Private One-on-one meetings
- Writing Workshops: How to research and write family history
- Speaker at schools and meetings
- How to research documents, historical content, family story
- Guidance on what to include to give your story meaning
- Individualized, bring your own voice and style
- Create presentation either written, power point, video, etc
- How to deliver a powerful talk
A Certified Life Coach (2011)
- Meet individually or with couples
- Help clients visualize and clarify what they want to add/subtract from life
Define goals and strategies
Child of two Survivors - Present my father's story of surviving Auschwitz, & five other camps, and death march and mother's story of hidden child in convent in Belgium. Presentation includes clips from my father's testimonials describing "life" in concentration camps and overview of Holocaust.
Abe Foxman * Helen Epstein Dr. Eva Fogelman
Helen Fremont * Meryl Ain
Programs in partnership with the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust - Elisha Wiesel, Zolmen Mlotek, Helen Epstein. Programs on topics of interest to Descendants, including books, coping during Covid-19,