A Slice of Bill’s Story

by Second Generation Storykeeper Bill Zimmerman Sydney, meet Wolf. Wolf, meet Sydney. What a fantasy… to introduce my grandfather Wolf to my granddaughter Sydney. By storytelling I guess I can. The genealogical connection between my paternal…

A Prewar Slice of Debby’s Story

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…

A Wartime Slice of Debby’s Story

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…

A Postwar Slice of Debby’s Story

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…

A Prewar Slice of Yonat’s Story

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…

A Wartime Slice of Yonat’s 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…

Postwar Slice of Yonat’s Story

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…

A Prewar Slice of Ellen’s Story

by Second Generation Storykeeper Ellen Kaidanow My mother-in-law was born Shifra Leviatin in Dubno, Poland on an uncertain date in June. Her birth date is an educated guess, gleaned from memories of the few relatives who made it through the…

A Wartime Slice of Ellen’s Story

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…

Postwar Trip to Dubno, Ukraine

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…