Steve Goldberg

Holocaust Topics:
Historical background on the Holocaust 

Description of Presentation
Together with his wife Judy Stevens, a Hungarian-born child of Holocaust survivors, who tells the stories of her parents before, during, and after the Holocaust, Rabbi Stevens adds the historical context.

Age/Grade Appropriateness: Middle school through adult

About the Speaker
Rabbi Stevens has been teaching about Judaism and the Holocaust as a congregational rabbi for 40 years.  He and his wife have given presentations to students and adults numerous times.

Contact information  michael.stevens@prodigy.net (919) 586-7950

Second Generation (2G)

Holocaust Topic:
Hidden Child

Description of Presentation
Maureen shares her mother's miraculous story of survival that began at the age of 7, immediately after Kristallnacht. It ended 7 years later when she was reunited with some of her family.  Her presentation includes a brief review of the history leading up to the beginning of Nazism in Germany and includes artifacts (her mother’s wartime clothing, photographs and letters).

Age/Grade Appropriateness: Age 12 and older

About the Speaker
Maureen has a commitment to share her mother’s story.  She believes that educating people about the Holocaust will encourage dialogue and help prevent hatred and discrimination.  She is able to tailor her talk to various age groups and share what impact this information has for us now and for the future.

Contact information  Mlwertheim1@gmail.com (919) 961-9618

Holocaust Topics:
One survivor’s story of ghetto life, separation from family, slave labor camps, and liberation

Description of Presentation
Steve tells the compelling story of Holocaust survivor Abe Piasek.  Steve was so taken by Abe's story when he heard it one day when Abe visited the school at which Steve was teaching that he took time away from the classroom for a few years to tell Abe's story of survival.  Abe’s story went untold for nearly 50 years and lives on through interviews Steve conducted with him, along with video clips of Abe's various speeches. Steve provides context for those clips, including maps and artifacts, to help audiences better connect with Abe's story.  (This presentation is ideally 90 minutes, which includes 20 minutes for Q&A. 

Age/Grade Appropriateness:  7th grade through adult

About the Speaker
Steve has shared Abe’s story with more than 80 audiences (over 4,000 people) over the past two years. More details are available at www.MyFriendAbe.com.

Contact information  MrGoldberg@gmail.com  919-357-8524

Holocaust Topics
Warsaw Ghetto uprising; refugees; concentration camps


Description of Presentation
Mike presents a picture of the beginning and end of the Warsaw Ghetto, in which 450,000 Jews were sealed inside. In one year, 47,000 inhabitants died inside the ghetto from starvation, disease and physical abuse. By the spring of 1943, only 43,000 Jews we left alive in the ghetto. The rest died of starvation, disease or were sent to the death camp, Treblinka, where most were murdered upon arrival.  In the spring of 1943, a small band of men and women decided to revolt against the Nazi killers.  This was the first and largest revolt by Jews living in the ghettos of Europe. In less than 30 days, the Nazis had crushed the revolt and left the ghetto in total ruin.

Age/Grade Appropriateness: 6th grade through adult

About the Speaker
Mike is a Christian by faith.  He has studied the Holocaust for over 25 years and has a large library of books on the subject.  He has visited Auschwitz concentration/death camp in Poland and Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany. He is available for in-person or zoom presentations.

Contact information  mike4hazel@gmail.com  (828) 508-2038

​Renée Fink​

Second generation (2G)

Holocaust Topics:
Holocaust survival story; being an “upstander” citizen (the courage, compassion, and kindness shown by 18 people who helped Irene’s father survive)

Description of Presentation
In this moving multimedia presentation, Irene shares her father’s Holocaust survival story from Kristallnacht in Germany, when he was 12 years old, through crossing the border to Holland, hiding in a farm attic for 2 ½ years, and finally liberation, when he was 18.  Her story is accompanied by images from then and now, and snippets of oral testimony from her father. She also includes information about her grandfather’s arrest, internment, and murder at Auschwitz. 

Age/Grade Appropriateness: 7th grade through adult


About the Speaker
Irene has spoken dozens of times, to over 1,000 people, about her father’s story. She speaks in person as well as via Zoom to adults and students. (Note that Irene is based in Massachusetts but frequently visits the Raleigh-Durham area.)

Contact informationrenefrielich@shatteredstars.org (617) 877-2719

Survivor

Holocaust Topics:
Economic and political situation in Europe before the rise of Nazism; concentration camps; the major Holocaust groups: perpetrators, victims, bystanders, resisters, rescuers, and liberators

Description of Presentation
Peter discusses how he was born in Czechoslovakia to a Jewish father and a Catholic mother, just two years before Nazi occupation. His father was forced into slave labor and later deported to Terezin (Theresienstadt), a work and death camp, and managed to survive, but his family of nine were all killed. During the war, Peter attended a school where photos of Adolf Hitler and the German flag were displayed in every classroom. He dealt with antisemitism and lived through air raid drills and bombings by Allied aircraft. Peter arrived in New York Harbor with his mother in 1948. His father eventually joined the family after the Communists finally allowed him to leave Prague.

Age/Grade Appropriateness:  Grade 6 through adult 

About the Speaker
Peter served as the Co-Director of the Genocide and Holocaust Studies Center at Wm. Paterson University. In Chapel Hill, he helped to develop the Holocaust Speakers Bureau. For the past few years, he’s served as a Volunteer Holocaust Survivor at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. His book, A Boy's Journey: From Nazi-Occupied Prague to Freedom in America, covers his experiences during the German occupation and, later, the Communist coup.

Contact information  Steinpeterj@gmail.com (914) 564-6313

Courtney Doi

Second Generation (2G)

Holocaust Topics:
Lodz Ghetto; Auschwitz; Bergen-Belsen; post-liberation; coming to America

Description of Presentation
Deborah’s mother was in her twenties when the Nazis invaded her city, Lodz, Poland, in September 1939. Lodz was the second largest city in Poland with a significant Jewish population. After surviving hunger and disease for four years in the ghetto, her mother and her parents were sent to Auschwitz in 1944.  Her mother alone survived and was sent to Bergen-Belsen and another labor camp. Upon liberation, she rebuilt her life.  Her mother’s story is one of insurmountable tragedy but also one of fortitude and hope.  

Age/Grade Appropriateness:  5th grade through adult

About the Speaker
Deborah’s mother demonstrated by her example the importance of education and by her words that we must care for one another. That is the reason Deborah shares her mother’s story.
 
Deborah has been an educator for more than 50 years.  She works mainly with adults who seek professional licensure, but she is also interested in Holocaust education and Jewish genealogy.

Contact information  DebbieTheTeacher@gmail.com (919) 593 0761

Second Generation (2G)

Holocaust Topics:
Auschwitz, Bergen Belsen, deportation, liberation 

Description of Presentation
Bonnie recounts the harrowing story of her mother, Rebecca Yomtov Hauser. Rebecca along with the entire Jewish community of Ioannina, Greece was rounded up and deported to Auschwitz in March 1944. After a year at Auschwitz, Rebecca was transferred to Bergen Belsen where she was liberated in 1945. Rebecca was the only survivor in her immediate family. 

Bonnie and Rebecca told the story together for nearly 10 years until Rebecca’s passing in 2018.  Bonnie now works with her mother’s video testimony, “A Greek Girl in Auschwitz” https://youtu.be/UbPudYTSWgs. She also shares photographs documenting Rebecca’s experience.

Age/Grade Appropriateness: 6th grade through adult

About the Speaker
Bonnie has shared Rebecca’s inspiring story of survival with dozens of schools, churches, civic groups, and more. She strives to stay true to Rebecca’s experience and voice, which she captured from working side by side with her mother for years. She enjoys meeting students and adults, many who bring their own experiences and connections. 

Starting in October 2022, Bonnie will be featured in the NC Museum of Art’s Judaic Collection discussing the importance of religious treasures and artifacts that survived the Holocaust.

Contact information   BonnieAHauser@gmail.com (919) 619-4354

Survivor

Holocaust Topics:
Hidden child in the Netherlands, epigenetics and the aftermath of war on survivors, courage and standing up​

Description of Presentation
Born the Netherlands, Renée went into hiding at the age of four during World War II. She was fortunate to be able to stay with a Catholic Dutch family until after the war ended, when she was eight. Reunited with her grandmother, they lived in another Dutch town until she came to the U.S. with her grandmother in 1948. 


Age/Grade Appropriateness:  5th grade through adult


About the Speaker
Renée has spoken at Duke University, the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and community colleges in various NC counties, women’s groups, church groups, retirement communities and more. She is often invited to address educators at teacher symposia and workshops. 

Click here to view a video of Renée's story. The North Carolina Civic Education Consortium has developed a lesson plan based the video: Survival and Resistance: Hidden Children of the Holocaust.  

Contact information     Refink58@gmail.com

Second Generation (2G)

Holocaust Topics:
Displaced Persons camps, round ups, Riga ghetto, slave labor, fleeing home and living in forests of Poland, immigration to United States 

Description of Presentation
Sharon discusses her parents’ Holocaust story with details about their interwar lives, the outbreak of WWII, DP camps, immigrating to the United States, early life in America, what’s it like growing up as a child of survivors. She uses a PowerPoint presentation to help illustrate her presentation.

Age/Grade Appropriateness: 4th grade through adult

About the Speaker
Sharon has worked on annual Holocaust commemorative services and events for over 40 years. She has taught mini-courses that focus on lessons of the Holocaust, the use and abuse of power, resistance and rescue, and the role of personal responsibility. Sharon participated in The Belfer Conference, an intensive workshop for middle and high school educators, which takes place annually at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, DC. She has certificates of teacher training from the USHMM, Facing History and Ourselves: Holocaust and Human Behavior, The Holocaust Educator's Network, and Appalachian State University's Summer Symposium for Teacher Training on the Holocaust.

Contact information  Sharonhalperin88@gmail.com (919) 414-3211

Deborah Long

Third generation (3G)

Holocaust Topics:
Kindertransport; refugees; concentration camps

Description of Presentation
Courtney’s grandmother, Judith, left Berlin, Germany on the Kindertransport in December 1938 just after Kristallnacht.  She lived with a foster family in the English countryside to avoid heavy bombing in the city.  Judith’s father, two aunts, and two of her siblings died in concentration camps. One of Judith's siblings survived internment at the Theresienstadt concentration camp/ghetto.  Courtney inherited 30 years of her grandmother’s personal journals and essays. These writings address both childhood experiences from the war and the contrasting feelings of guilt and luck many survivors encountered. Courtney discusses topics such as the Kindertransport and the German Jewish refugee experience, including why Jews did not leave Germany. She also discusses how to prevent future genocide.

Age/Grade Appropriateness: 5th grade through adult  

About the Speaker
Courtney Doi was appointed to the NC Council on the Holocaust in 2021. She participated in the 2019 NYC Summer Seminar through The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights. She has spoken to groups across the country in person and on Zoom, reaching more than 2,500 students of all ages.  Listen to Courtney share the reasons she tells her grandmother's Holocaust story at: https://youtu.be/DNzQbkz9tQY

Contact information:courtneydoi@yahoo.com  (919) 423-9186

Second Generation (2G)

Holocaust Topics:
Kristallnacht; separation of families;  hiding from the Nazis; Teresienstadt (Terezin); immigration to the US after the war

Description of Presentation
Rose tells the story of her parents and their families in Germany leading up to, during and after World War II.  Her mother was forced to flee Nazi Germany and escape to London in 1938.  Her father was unable to join her and eventually had to go into hiding during the Holocaust.  She discusses his eventual liberation and her parents’ reunion after the war.  She also discusses the tragic fate of some of her less fortunate relatives during the Holocaust.  Rose is able to share with her audience an artificact from the Holocaust, her father’s yellow Star of David, which all Jews in Nazi Germany were required to wear on their clothing.

Age/Grade Appropriateness: 6th grade through adult

About the Speaker
Rose has been a Board member of the Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights ​Education of North Carolina and the Holocaust Speakers Bureau for many years.  She has spoken to numerous school groups and has always received excellent reviews from both teachers and students.  Rose is available for Zoom and in-person presentations.

Contact information Rmills57fad@gmail.com (919) 973-1011

Sharon Halperin

Chaim Poran

Second generation (2G)

Holocaust Topics:
Historical context, ghetto confinement, forced-labor camps, concentration and extermination camps, survival

Description of Presentation
Chaim presents the story about the miraculous survival of his parents through the Holocaust. As a young teenager, his mother endured the horrors of the Kovno ghetto and the Stutthof concentration camp. In January 1945, she survived a death march of the retreating Nazis.  His father escaped the invading Nazis and fled into Russia. When he returned to Nazi-occupied Poland he learned that his family had been murdered. He survived the rest of the war in hiding.  

Age/Grade Appropriateness: High school and adult

About the Speaker
Chaim has visited the birthplaces of his parents, as well as the ghettos, concentration camps and extermination camps where his parents’ families were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. He has been an invited speaker in many high schools and other venues discussing the Holocaust and his parents’ miraculous survival story, which is published at: http://nebula.wsimg.com/3058e9c15baee7491b3d092f158699f4?AccessKeyId=D555314A1404473B88A3&disposition=0&alloworigin=1

Contact Information  18benadam@gmail.com

Thomas M. Wolf

Rose Mills 

Second Generation (2G)​

Holocaust Topics:
German Jewish Refugees from Nazi Germany 

Description of Presentation
Tom will discuss his family's story of life in Germany prior to the outbreak of WWII, their struggle to obtain sponsorship and visas to leave Europe before immigration was halted, and their integration into American life.

Age/Grade Appropriateness: Secondary School and above

About the Speaker
Tom is a retired college professor and clinical psychologist who is strongly motivated to share his story because of his firm belief that it is our responsibility to take action to combat antisemitism, racism, and discrimination.

Contact information  thomasmarkwolf@gmail.com (919) 767-4918

Bonnie Hauser

Mike Lowder

Survivor

Holocaust Topics:
Life under Nazi occupation; seeking asylum; refugee experience

Description of Presentation
Lex presents his memories of the German invasion of the Netherlands and of life under occupation. He discusses his family’s flight through Belgium, France and Spain with dangerous border crossings; difficulty of obtaining asylum; and life in a refugee camp in Jamaica. His presentation is illustrated with a PowerPoint slide show with original photographs and maps.​


 About the Speaker
Lex has given many presentations during the past several years, both live and on Zoom, to middle schools in the Triangle area, as well as to groups of college students. Earlier, his experiences included teaching music to children of grade-school and high-school age and many years of university teaching.

Age/Grade Appropriateness: Grade 6 through adult 

Contact information  alexander.silbiger@duke.edu

Speaker Information

The Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and 

Human Rights ​Education of North Carolina 


Holocaust Speakers Bureau 

Irene Stern Frielich

Judy Stevens

Alexander “Lex” Silbiger

Peter Stein

John Wurzelmann

Rabbi Michael (“Mike”) Stevens

Maureen Wertheim

SHELDON "SHELLY" BLEIWEISS                                             

​Second Generation (2G) 


Holocaust Topics:​
Survival during the Holocaust, growing up as a child of survivors, impact of visiting Poland and some of the death camps, history of the Holocaust and the events that led to the “Final Solution,” Kristallnacht, antisemistism, lessons learned


Description of Presentation
Through his interactive PowerPoint presentation with pictorial evidence and video testimony, Shelly tells the story of his parents’ survival during the Holocaust.  He also provides historical background and events leading to the Holocaust.


About the Speaker
Shelly has spent more than 20 years in Holocaust education.  He is a member of the NC Council on the Holocaust and has spoken to teacher workshops, hundreds of school students, and numerous community groups.  He was the Chair of the NC State Holocaust commemoration for five years.  Additionally, Shelly has been a Holocaust instructor for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Duke and NC State, and the Creative Lifelong Learning Program at Granville County Senior Center. ​

Contact information    shellybmsw@gmail.com   (713) 299-6092

Second generation (2G)

Holocaust Topics:
Life in a ghetto; creation and operation of an extermination camp (Sobibor); experience of a partisan fighter and refugee

Description of Presentation
John will present information on his father’s background and childhood in Poland, the onset of the war, his life in the Wlodowa ghetto, his work in a slave labor camp, the story of the extermination of his family, his escape to the forest in Poland, his experience fighting with the partisans, and his experience in a displaced persons (DP) camp.

Age/Grade Appropriateness: High school through adult  

About the Speaker
John, a retired physician, has given presentations before large audiences during his professional life. He has been giving presentations for the Holocaust Speaker’s Bureau for several years.

Contact information wurzelma@gmail.com (984) 888-7312

Second generation (2G)


Holocaust Topics:
Her family's experiences in concentration camps​

Description of Presentation

Judy is a Hungarian-born child of a Holocaust survivor. She tells the story of her family before, during and after the Holocaust and recounts the loss of eight members of her maternal and paternal family in the Holocaust. Judy often speaks with her husband, Rabbi Michael Stevens (see below), who provides some historical background to the Holocaust.

Age/Grade Appropriateness: Middle school through adult

About the Speaker

​Judy was an elementary school teacher for 28 years and an adult educator for 8 years. She has presented her story many
times to both students and adults.


Contact information  jstevens22@sbcglobal.net
      (919) 586-7950