Children of Holocaust Survivors – Documenting the Stories
Welcome… My name is Joey Korn and I am honored to be maintaining the Children of Survivors section at Remember.org.
Forums, Resources, and Mailing Lists Online, for children of survivors
- There are at least 250,000 children of survivors alive in America today, and another 300,000 in Israel. Most in America live in larger cities with higher concentrations of Jewish people.
- I live in a fairly small city, and my father was the only survivor in the area. My brother, my sister, and I are the only local children of survivors. I have long wanted to meet others, but distance separated us.The Internet changes all that. I am now hearing from other children of survivors from all over the world.
- We are getting older now and our roles in society are changing. Our parents, if they are still alive, are being prodded more than ever to talk about their experiences, some for the first time in their lives, due to the popularity of Schindler’s List, Spielberg’s “Survivors of the Shoah” project, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
- This is their time. The Children of Survivors section will evolve through the participation of its visitors. We will have areas devoted to the issues that you feel are important. I look forward to hearing from you. We invite your participation; this is your Web page.Visit Abe’s Story and learn how Joey Korn presents his father’s story to students.
- The Last Witness: A Child Survivor of the Holocaust
- Tracing Our Family
- Children of Survivors’ Groups
- Our Parents
- Fateful Encounters
- It identifies the principal sources of information about Holocaust victims and survivors, identifies the major repositories in the world that have this information and tells how to contact them. This book takes you step-by-step through the process for locating information about the fate of people caught up in the Holocaust. Towns with published yizkor books are identified. There is a list of more than 4,000 towns for which there is documentation at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, the principal repository of Holocaust information. 7″ x 9″ 208 pp.
1. “As a Jew, I feel that the “revisionists” (or deniers) could have an influence on future generations with their propoganda. Steven Spielberg has done wonders with his time and energy to help get the messages out there. My family did not have to first hand endure the tortures of the Holocaust, however, I remember the stories my grandfather told of Bolshevik Russia, and why they left early this century. Anyway, I plan to point to some pertinent sites (from my own Web page), and let me know if there are others things to do….”
2. “I am just making contact to acknowledge the work you are doing. My parents are from Poland, and were both in camp. I think about how it was for them a lot, and read as much as I can, as well as hear their stories.I am now 43, and think about what/how to talk to my children of 7, 9 and 11 years, so that the no one – no matter how many generations into the future – no one forgets. Good luck with the project…..(from Australia…)”
There are only about 300,000 survivors left, according to Spielberg, the youngest of which are in their 60’s. They will be all but gone in the next 20 years or so. People who set up survivor talks at schools and elsewhere are having a progressively harder time getting survivors to speak. Even the most committed are getting too tired to continue, such as Harold (ed. note: Harold Gordon, survivor and author of The Last Sunrise). I am setting an example to other descendants of survivors, and liberators for that matter, by publishing Dad’s book,Abe’s Story: A Holocaust Memoir, and doing my work to see that the world remembers the Holocaust.
I feel it is part of my Purpose to convince other descendants to document their survivor family members’ stories, whether it is in a book, in a computer, or a simple home video. Practically everyone wants to know about their family heritage, but most of us don’t realize how important it is until our parents and grandparents are gone. This goes for everyone, not just survivor families. I know there are many unpublished manuscripts out there, written by survivors. Many others can still get their stories down on paper. With self-publishing as easy as it is today, everyone can publish their own stories, even if just for their families. I encourage everyone to do this.
Memorial Candles : Children of the Holocaust
(International Library of Group Psychotherapy)
by Dina Wardi
Paperback, 270 pages
You can order the book right now, online; just click here.Published by Tavistock: Publication date: June 1992, ISBN: 0415060990
Judith S. Kestenberg, Ira Brenner; Hardcover (Special Order) Published by American Psychiatric Press, Publication date: May 1996.