Rosalia “Lia” Katz Kaplan

Lia and her brother Max Born in 1934 in The Hague, Rosalia or “Lia” grew up in Scheveningen, which was a beach resort town. Lia had one older brother named Max. In May of 1940 when the German army invaded Holland, Lia and other Jews were forced to wear a

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Director’s Report February 2021

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Edna Ipson

  Edna and her son, Jay Eta Ipp (Butrimowitz) was born in Butrimantz, Lithuania in 1911. She eloped in 1933, marrying Isroel Ipp, a young lawyer. The couple had a son, Yacob Ipp, on June 5, 1935. Eta and Isroel raised their son in Viliampole (Slobodka), Lithuania near both Eta’s

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Theodore “Ted” Lehman

Theodore (Ted) Lehman was born July 25, 1927 in Sosnowiec, Poland. His family spent time in Zawiercie, the home of his maternal grandmother, and moved to Gdynia in 1934. When the Nazis invaded Poland, the family moved to Zawiercie to be together. The family were forced into the Zawiercie ghetto

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Solomon Zimm

Solomon “Sol” Zimm, 1946 Solomon “Sol” Zimm was born in Kolo, Poland to Mencham and Shaina Ziemniak. He was one of nine siblings. During the Holocaust, Solomon was sent to a number of labor and concentration camps, including Auschwitz and Buchenwald. Solomon was liberated in 1945 after surviving a two

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Halina Zimm

Halina Drexler (later Zimm) Halina Drexler (later Zimm) grew up in Lodz, Poland, with her parents and two sisters, Helen and Nana. In Poland life was pleasant until Nazis invaded the country in 1939. The invasion closed schools and Jews were forced to wear the Yellow Star. Recognizing the eminent

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Alan Zimm

Alan (center) and friends, 1937 Born in Kolo, Poland in 1920, Alan Zimm could not have imagined that his hometown would one day lie near Chelmno, the site where the Nazis first experimented with the use of poison gas to exterminate Jews. At the beginning of World War II, Alan

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Roger Loria

Roger Loria Roger’s first brush with danger came three weeks after his birth, in 1940 when Nazis occupied Antwerp, Belgium. His father, Willy, was a Polish national. Having worked in the diamond trade, he hollowed a toothbrush handle and filled it with diamonds – before he was arrested and deported

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Agnes Heller

Agnes and Robert Heller Agnes Sekely (later Heller) was ten years old in March 1944 when Germany invaded Budapest,Hungary. Her father was warned by friends about impending deportations and he immediately startedmaking plans to go into hiding. Agnes spent the summer at an estate where her family was hiding in

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Steven Kende

Steven (Standing 3rd from the left) and the Kende Family, May 1936 Steven Kende was born in Humenne, Slovakia on August 7, 1919. When the Nazi occupation began on March 15, 1939, Steven was living in Prague with his brother, Vojtech, and attending his first year of medical school at

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