Holocaust survivors Paul Drexler, Dasia Black-Gutman, George Sternfeld, Olga Horak and Peter Nash have each written a book based on their experiences and unique stories of survival. In this moving presentation, they talk about why it was important to them to write their memoir, ensuring that the history of the Holocaust is not forgotten. You will be inspired by their courage and determination.
Paul Drexler (Australian)
Paul Drexler was born in Slovakia in 1938. In 1944 he, his mother and grandmother were deported to Terezin Concentration Camp where he was one of only 100 children to survive. In 1948 he arrived in Australia with his mother, his father having perished in Germany. Paul’s memoir is In Search of My Father.
Dasia Black-Gutman (Australian)
Dasia Black-Gutman was born in 1938 in Rzeszow, Poland. She survived Zbaraz Ghetto with her parents and was then given to a Polish Catholic woman to live under a false, non-Jewish identity. She was left orphaned when both her parents were murdered in the Holocaust. Dasia spent her infant years hiding in cellars and forests, memorising a new non-Jewish name, Stasia. She was adopted by her aunt and uncle after the war and moved to Australia in 1951. Her memoir is entitled Letter From My Father.
Olga Horak (Australian)
Olga Horak was born in Bratislava in 1926 and was only 15 when German troops marched into Slovakia, forcing her family into the hands of the Nazis. From transit camp to death camp Olga and her mother struggled to survive the hatred and brutality. They were deported to camp Sered in 1944, to Auschwitz and then to Bergen-Belsen in 1945 where they remained until liberation. Olga’s mother died the day after liberation and she was left alone in the world. Her memoir is entitled: From Auschwitz to Australia.
Peter Nash (Australian)
Peter Nash was born under Nazi rule in Berlin in 1935. His childhood was spent in the shadow of anti-Semitism. In the wake of Kristallnacht in 1938 his family was issued an eviction notice stating that Jews and Aryans could not live under the same roof. In great fear of their lives, the family decided to escape Germany, finding that the only port to open to them was that of Shanghai, where they found refuge but nonetheless very difficult conditions. Peter’s memoir is entitled Escape from Berlin.
George Sternfeld (Australian)
George Sternfeld was born on 13 February 1939 in Warsaw, Poland. Hitler invaded Poland on 1 September 1939. On that day his father was in Bialystock on business while he, his brother and his mother were in Warsaw. Hitler and Stalin reached a non aggression pact and divided. Overnight Bialystock became a Russian entity and they were physically separated from their father. The family landed up in Siberia form 1941-1945, a harsh reality for a young boy. George’s book is From Chocolate to Anzac Biscuits.