We strive to honor survivors of genocide with community-based events that demonstrate respect and communicate appreciation for the vocation of those who share their stories with students, educators, and their communities.

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Helen Farkas

Namesake

Helen Farkas (née Safar) was born on October 18, 1920 in Satu Mare, Romania. She experienced the Hungarian occupation and the rise of anti-Semitism until being forced into a ghetto in Hungary with her parents, two sisters...

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Paul Schwarzbart

Speaker

Paul Schwarzbart was born in 1933 in Vienna. When Austria was annexed by Germany, his family escaped to Belgium. His father was arrested in 1940, sent to a labor camp and later to Buchenwald concentration...

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Lenci Farkas

In Memoriam

Lenci Farkas was born in a small town in Czechoslovakia, one of nine siblings. In 1944 she and her family were taken to a nearby ghetto with no time to gather even the barest of necessities. After 4 weeks they were deported to...

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Joe Farkas

Namesake

Joe Farkas was born in Satu Mare, Romania and was a locally renowned soccer player. He met Helen just before the war and they were engaged to be married. With the onset of WWII he was drafted into...

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AnneMarie Yellin

Speaker

AnneMarie Yellin was born to Jewish parents in Chemnitz, a town near Berlin, Germany. She was 8 years old on Kristallnacht, when her father was arrested and taken to Buchenwald. Anne-Marie and the rest of her family made...

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Gloria Hollander Lyon

In Memoriam

Gloria Hollander Lyon was born in 1930 in Nagy Bereg, Czechoslovakia. On the last day of Passover in 1944, Gloria and her family were rounded up and brought to a brick factory that served as a ghetto. Three weeks later, she...

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Leon Rajninger

Speaker

Leon Rajninger was born in Chernowitz, Romania (now Ukraine) and was 10 years old in 1941 when the Nazis invaded. He and his family were soon deported to a ghetto in the Transnistria region. The area contained...

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Louis deGroot

In Memoriam

Louis deGroot was born in the Netherlands and grew up close to the German border. The Germans occupied his city on the first day of their invasion in 1940. In November 1942, Louis’ parents decided...

Memoirs

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Documentary

When I Was 14:

A Survivor Remembers

Gloria Hollander Lyon