THE HELEN AND JOE FARKAS CENTER 

FOR THE STUDY OF THE HOLOCAUST  

IN CATHOLIC  SCHOOLS

at Mercy High School

In her memoir, Helen Farkas shares her terrifying and painful story with moving honesty and simplicity.

A witness to the rise of anti-Semitism and the Nazi occupation of Hungary, she recounts her family’s deportation to a local ghetto, and ultimately the horrifying reality of the infamous death camp Auschwitz. She describes her terrible losses, the death march they endured, and her daring escape. It is a story of an ordinary woman surviving extraordinary circumstances. Despite the horrors, it is also a love story, as Helen is reunited with her prewar fiancé and together they seek a better life in America.

Meet Helen Farkas

Farkas Center in the News 

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Courage against injustice: Holocaust survivor, refugees tell their stories to Mercy SF students - Catholic San Francisco, Apr 3, 2019

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Helen Farkas dies at 97 - Survivor who brought Holocaust education to local schools - Jweekly, Jan 2018

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Holocaust survivor adds to legacy at early 100th birthday in S.F. - Jweekly, Jan 2018

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Survivor, 93, tells her story at Catholic school - Jweekly, Mar 2016

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Catholic educator makes survivors’ stories his life mission - Jweekly, Apr 2016

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Catholic Students Hear Story That Needs to be Told - JWeekly, Apr 2015

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Catholic Students get Firsthand Lesson in never again - JWeekly, April 2014

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S.F. Catholic School Honors "Courage and Spirit" of Survivors - JWeekly, March 2011

Community Partners

 Holocaust Resources

Remember.org: A People's History of the Holocaust and Genocide

US Holocaust Memorial Museum: The Holocaust: A Learning Site for Students

Yad Vashem: The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

Facing History and Ourselves: Help students learn about hatred and bigotry so they can stop them from happening in the future

Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation: Discover the Unknown History of the Holocaust