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Witness the Witness:
70 Years Commemoration

The Jewish Museum is commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi Concentration camps with a series of Holocaust survivor speaker events. 

Holocaust survivors Zdenka Fantlova, Vera and Avram Schaufeld, Gerta Vrbova and Eva Schloss will give their testimony and each talk will be followed by a question and answer session.

This is an opportunity to hear eyewitness accounts of events which will soon be beyond living memory.

In addition to the speaker events, there will be an exhibition of portraits by young artist Gideon SummerfieldFrom Generation to Generation depicts survivors holding an object that relates to their story of survival and has a special meaning to them. 

During your visit you can also see the museum's displays on the rise of Nazism and the Kindertransport in our Holocaust Gallery; a permanent display dedicated to the life and experiences of Auschwitz survivor Leon Greenman. 

Programme of Events

Witness the Witness – Zdenka Fantlova
Sunday 25 January 2015, 10.30 - 12.30

Zdenka Fantlova was born in Czechoslovakia were she enjoyed a happy childhood until the Nazis invaded in March 1939. Life changed dramatically and Zdenka and her family were deported to Terezin. During her time in the camps, a ring made and given to her by her boyfriend Arno became a symbol of hope for Zdenka. At great personal risk she managed to keep the ring with her in seven different concentration camps. Sadly Arno and the rest of Zdenka’s family did not survive. 

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Witness the Witness - Vera and Avram Schaufeld
Sunday 8 March 2015, 10.30 - 12.30

Vera was brought over by Nicholas Winton on the Kindertransport while Avram survived the concentration camps. Unbeknown to Vera, her parents had given their wedding rings to Dutch friends, after the war had ended Vera was given back the rings and she and Avram decided to wear the bands when they got married.

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Witness the Witness – Gerta Vrbova
Sunday 22 March 2015, 10.30 - 12.30

On the 7 April 1944  two Auschwitz prisoners from Slovakia, Walter Rosenberg (Rudi Vrba) and Alfred Wetzler (Josef Lanik), escaped from Auschwitz. They then revealed to the world the horrendous truth about Auschwitz.

Their extensive report about the death camp now known as the Vrba-Wetzler protocols was considered to be one of the most important pieces of documentary evidence presented at the Nuremberg Trials of 1945.

Over 70 years later Rudi Vrba’s first wife, Gerta, will talk about the events, their shared history and the initiatives to ensure Rudi’s legacy and achievements will be remembered.

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Witness the Witness - Eva Schloss
Sunday 12 April 2015, 10.30 - 12.30

Eva Schloss will speak about her story of survival and loss and focusing on the poems her brother left hidden under the floorboards before they were betrayed and arrested.

Eva and her mother were the only survivors of their family and Eva’s mother married Otto Frank making her Anne Frank’s posthumous step sister. This will be an opportunity to find out how broken families rebuilt their lives under extraordinary circumstances.

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From Generation to Generation (L’DOR V’DOR) 
Gideon Summerfield, in conjunction with the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust
Sunday 1 February 2015 10.00 - 17.00

Ten portraits of Holocaust Survivors drawn by art student Gideon Summerfield. Each survivor is shown holding an object of their choice that is important to them.

Admission to the exhibition is free. Groups booked to use the Auditorium between 5 January and 15 February will be able to view this exhibition as part of their workshops.