Rosalia Katz Kaplan

1934 – 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 yellow Star of

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Edna Ipson

  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 and Isroel’s families. Isroel trained

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Theodore “Ted” Lehman

July 25, 1927 – 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

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Solomon Zimm, OBM

October 1, 1911 – May 5, 1993 Solomon Zimm was born in Kolo, Poland to Mencham and Shaina Ziemniak. He was one of nine siblings. During the Holocaust, Sol was sent to a number of labor and concentration camps, including Auschwitz and Buchenwald. Sol was liberated in 1945 after surviving

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Halina Zimm

December 4, 1927– Halina 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 danger to his family,

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Alan Zimm, OBM

May 24, 1920–April 18, 2020 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

April 19, 1940– 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

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Agnes Heller

Agnes Sekely 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 started making plans to go into hiding. Agnes spent the summer at an estate where her family was hiding in a pantry, except

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Steven Kende

August 7, 1919- 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 Karlovy University. He was not allowed to take his

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Julianna Toth

Laszlo and Marta Schoenwald met in Budapest, Hungary and were married in October 1939. Laszlo was divorced and had a daughter from his first wife, named Judith. Both Laszlo and Marta experienced anti-Semitism in Hungary. In 1940, Laszlo was put into a Hungarian Jewish slave labor camp, while Marta tried

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