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Noted photographer captures images of 12 St. Louis Holocaust survivors

Noted photographer captures images of 12 St. Louis Holocaust survivors

Bill Motchan, Special For The Jewish LightPublished May 11, 2022

As a boy growing up in Mainz, Germany, Luigi Toscano was fascinated by World War II. But he was frustrated by a lack of detail about a dark period in the country’s history: the Holocaust. His history teacher offered little information, and his textbook...

From the left: Moishe (Morris), Mailekh (Marcel), and Khil (Harry) Lenga in either Rome or Stuttgart, circa 1945. Lenga family collection.

St. Louisan Harry Lenga beat the Nazis by fixing watches to survive

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished April 26, 2022

On this, Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah), we honor the victims, remember the survivors, and educate the community about the history and lessons of the Holocaust. One such story has become a book, which will be released later this summer.  "The...

Irving and Oskar Jakob, 1946

How soup helped St. Louisan Oskar Jakob survive the Holocaust

St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum, Special For The Jewish LightPublished March 29, 2022

Today, we tell the remarkable story of Oskar Jakob a St. Louisan who survived 5 camps before being liberated by the British. The St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum is allowing us to republish portions of their  Oral Histories Project, as a celebration...

This St. Louisan met Mengele, fooled the Nazis and survived

This St. Louisan met Mengele, fooled the Nazis and survived

The St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum, Special For The Jewish LightPublished March 15, 2022

Today, we tell the remarkable story of Helena Schonfeld, a St. Louisan who concealed her Jewish identity, had contact with Dr. Josef Mengele, lived in multiple concentration camps before being liberated. The St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum is...

How Morris Gutterman survived 5 camps and was forced labor on the Autobahn

How Morris Gutterman survived 5 camps and was forced labor on the Autobahn

Published February 15, 2022

Today, we tell the remarkable story of Morris Gutterman, a St. Louisan who survived living in Nazi-occupied Poland, 5 camps before being liberated by the British. The St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum is allowing us to republish portions of their...

This St. Louisan survived the Nazis and then Communism

This St. Louisan survived the Nazis and then Communism

Published January 18, 2022

Today, we tell the remarkable story of Erika Schick Goldburg, a St. Louisan's whose life could indeed be made into an epic movie, similar to “Europa, Europa,” or “Sunshine,” the latter of which depicted a Hungarian Jewish family going through...

This St. Louisan survived a Nazi death march as Russians drew near

This St. Louisan survived a Nazi death march as Russians drew near

St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum, Special For The Jewish LightPublished December 15, 2021

Today, we tell the remarkable story of Leslie Ilies, a St. Louisan who survived a Nazi death march as Russians drew near. The St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum is allowing us to republish portions of their  Oral Histories Project, as a celebration...

This St. Louisan survived the Holocaust not knowing she was Jewish

This St. Louisan survived the Holocaust not knowing she was Jewish

St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust MuseumPublished November 30, 2021

In today’s story from the  Oral Histories Project, at the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum, We tell the story of Felicia Graber, a St. Lousian who survived the Holocaust not knowing she was Jewish. The St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust...

This St. Louisan survived Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen

This St. Louisan survived Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen

St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum, Special to the Jewish LightPublished November 24, 2021

In today's story from the  Oral Histories Project, at the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum, We tell the story of Bess Fizel, a St. Lousian who survived Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. The St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum is allowing...

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