Join us at 1 P.M. on select Sundays to hear testimony from a Holocaust survivor. Free with admission.


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 selected for a labor camp and was periodically brought in to visit the family on weekends. Her mother found a childless Roman Catholic couple and promised her daughter to them because she didn’t think that she would survive. Celia was eventually reunited with her mother. The family was liberated by the Russians. Her father escaped the Russian army to an Uzbekistan displaced persons camp under an assumed name and survived. Celia and her parents came to the U.S. in 1949.



Aviva Blumberg was born in Warsaw in 1931. Aviva lived with her mother and sisters. Her father was a journalist who left to work in the U.S. in 1940. Just before the Warsaw ghetto uprising, Aviva was given to a stranger whom her mother had met casually. The family took the child as an act of defiance against the Nazis and also because they needed the money provided by the Jewish underground to care for the child. After the Polish uprising in Warsaw, Aviva was deported with the family who was hiding her. After they were liberated, she managed to get in touch with a family friend who immediately contacted her father, who had been searching for his family. Aviva came to America in 1945.





TOP: Speaker Sally Frishberg in discussion with a student visitor. Photo by Melanie Einzig.

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