“I feel that it is important for as many people as possible to hear these stories in hope that something like this will never happen again.”
We’re preserving the history of the Holocaust by recording and sharing the stories of our community members.
Read the histories of Holocaust survivors in our community, documented by our Rescuing Hope team. Hover over the box to the right and click on the arrows that appear to scroll through an introduction to each survivor; click “Read More” to read each survivor’s whole story. Or click the button below to see all the community members whose stories we’ve preserved.
Watch recordings of survivors in our community telling their stories. Hover over the video box and click the arrows that appear to scroll through all videos.
TBE member Teddy Friedman shares his experience preserving testimonies from survivors and his internship with the USC Shoah Foundation.
Discover the cities where our community members lived before the Holocaust. Click on the arrows in the upper righthand corner of the map to expand it, and click on the red pins on the map to read each individual’s story.
Read books and other publications by survivors in our community.
On the Fields of Loneliness by Hersch Altman
Refugee, Soldier, Student: A Memoir by Julian Bussgang
Books by Julian Bussgang
Hiding in Plain Sight by Betty Lauer
Surviving the Holocaust by Ilse Leeser
Remembrances by Sam Natansohn
Resources for Survivors and Families
Get involved with organizations that work to support survivors and families, both locally and nationally.
Rescuing Hope participants share their experiences and reflect on the value of participating in an intergenerational learning program.
Rescuing Hope is an intergenerational seminar that draws from our Jewish tradition of sharing stories (our own and those who witnessed the Holocaust first-hand) to identify lessons that can help us build our community and future together. Exploring experiences of antisemitism, resistance, and resilience during the darkest period of our history with a diverse group of learners from three or four generations will foster meaningful, multifaceted discussion, giving rise to different perspectives that will deepen our shared learning.
To participate in our next Rescuing Hope cohort, contact Rabbi Philip Sherman.
TBE is grateful to be a participant in the Better Together Program.