Eyewitness: Toby Levy

This blog series features the Holocaust survivors whose portraits are on view in our installation Eyewitness. Toby Levy was born in Chodorow, near Lvov, Poland in 1933. She grew up in an Orthodox family. In spring 1941 the Germans invaded Soviet-occupied Poland and a few months later Jews were forced into ghettos. In fall 1942 her family … Continued

Eyewitness: Aviva Blumberg

This blog series features the Holocaust survivors whose portraits are on view in our installation Eyewitness. Aviva Blumberg was born in Warsaw in 1931. Ms. Blumberg lived with her mother and sisters. Her father was a journalist who left to work in the United States in 1940. Just before the Warsaw ghetto uprising, Ms. Blumberg was given … Continued

Eyewitness: Harvey Moser

This blog series features the Holocaust survivors whose portraits are on view in our installation Eyewitness. Harvey Moser was born in Freiburg, Germany in 1928. He left for France with his brother after Kristallnacht in November 1938. One year later he and his family were passengers on the ship St. Louis, which went from France to Cuba. After … Continued

Eyewitness: Sally Frishberg

This blog series features the Holocaust survivors whose portraits are on view in our installation Eyewitness. Sally Frishberg was born in Poland in 1934. During the war, she lived with German soldiers and was hidden by Polish Catholics. She and her family were hidden in an attic for years. In 1945, she left Poland, arriving in the … Continued

Eyewitness: Maximilian Lerner

This blog series features the Holocaust survivors whose portraits are on view in our installation Eyewitness. Maximilian Lerner was born in 1924 in Vienna. After he was expelled from school, the family fled to Paris. After three years of challenges, they secured visas to the United States and in April 1941, they arrived safely in NY. At … Continued

Eyewitness: Celia Kener

This blog series features the Holocaust survivors whose portraits are on view in our installation Eyewitness. Celia Kener was born in 1935 in Lvov, Poland. When the Germans invaded in 1941, life totally changed. Her father was drafted into the Russian army while the rest of her family moved into the ghetto. Celia’s mother was … Continued

Eyewitness: Fred Terna

As part of our online Yom HaShoah observance, starting April 21, we will be writing about the Holocaust survivors featured in our photography installation Eyewitness. Fredrick Terna was born in 1923 in Vienna. His family returned to Prague, their hometown, soon thereafter. He lived and attended school there until the Germans occupied the city in … Continued

Eyewitness: Ruth Wachner Pagirsky

As part of our online Yom HaShoah observance, starting April 21, we will be writing about the Holocaust survivors featured in our photography installation Eyewitness. Ruth Wachner Pagirsky was born in 1926 in Berlin, Germany. She and her family were deported in 1936 to Poland. She lived in Katowice until September 1939. Ruth was 13 … Continued

Eyewitness: Bronia Brandman

As part of our online Yom HaShoah observance, starting April 21, we will be writing about the Holocaust survivors featured in our photography installation Eyewitness. Bronia Brandman was born into a family of six children in Jaworzno, Poland. She was eight years old when World War II broke out. Her family members experienced confinement in … Continued

Eyewitness

If you’ve been to the Museum in the last few years, or seen photos of it, you have seen the portraits of Holocaust survivors displayed on the entrance of the building. These portraits, created by artist B.A. Van Sise, make up our first public photography installation, titled Eyewitness, which was commissioned for Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Remembrance Day … Continued