Discovering Pieces of the Family Story

By Third Generation Storykeeper Yonat Assayag Bobby never wanted to talk about her experiences during the Holocaust. But occasionally, when we asked, she would talk to her grandkids. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to talk with her…

Finding The Catholic Family Who Hid Ellen

by Second Generation Storykeeper Ellen Kaidanow Shifra-Marusia changed her name to Ellen when she emigrated to the United States after the war. This Slice is about her return to Dubno, Ukraine for the first time since the war with her…

Growing Up Hunting Nazis

by Second Generation Storykeeper Debby Ziering Herman joined forces with Elliot Welles to bring Nazi war criminals to justice. Elliot was also a survivor of the Riga Ghetto whose mother was shot by Maikovskis.  Herman was determined to have…

Why Are You Just Sitting There? Run!

by Second Generation Storykeeper Ellen Kaidanow Our names are a foundational connection to identity and family. In this Slice, Ellen tells her mother-in-law's journey into hiding during the Holocaust which included changing her name from…

Wartime Bar Mitzvah

by Second Generation Storykeeper Debby Ziering It was December 1939 in Germany and Herman, was turning 13. Under normal circumstances, when a boy reaches the age of 13, the family would be busy planning a bar mitzvah, a major milestone in a…

Prewar Life in Strobochova

by Third Generation Storykeeper Yonat Assayag My grandmother, Chana, was born in 1924 in a Czechoslovakian village called Strobochova. She became “Bobby” when I was born, and she became a grandmother for the first time. Bobby’s parents…

She Named Her Daughter Chaya “Life”

By Third Generation Storykeeper Yonat Assayag Bobby knew her mom, sisters and grandmother were all killed. But she hadn’t seen Joe since he slipped her those sweaters that first day in Auschwitz. She also had no idea what happened to her…

Storykeeper Network

Begin researching your family's story using the Storykeeper Network and utilize the resources that Storykeepers in our Safekeeping the Stories of the Holocaust Workshop have found most helpful. Only registered workshop participants can…

2G and 3G Storykeepers — What Does It Mean?

Storykeepers are people who’ve spent a few weeks writing a multi-generational story about their family in about a dozen pages. There's a special group of Storykeepers --- family members of Holocaust survivors --- who've taken the Safekeeping…

“I am Herman Israel Ziering”

by Second Generation Storykeeper Debby Ziering My dad, Herman was born in 1926 in Kassel Germany. He was the oldest of two sons born to Isaac and Cilly; his brother “Sigi” was two years younger than him. Herman called his parents Pop…