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


Ruth Gruener was born in Lvov (Lemberg), Poland. Her family was moved into the ghetto, where they stayed for three months. A Christian friend of her parents’ hid her in their home. She was seven years old. Ruth’s parents also survived in hiding. They immigrated to the United States in January 1949. Mrs. Gruener attended Brooklyn College and the New York School of Interior Design.

March 1, 2015


Bronia Brandman was born in Jaworzno, Poland. She was eight years old when World War II broke out.  In March 1942, her oldest brother was taken to Blechhammer labor camp. The following August, her parents and another brother were deported to Auschwitz, never to be heard from again. She and her three sisters fled to the nearby town of Sosnowiec, where they stayed for a few months before the Nazis relocated them to a ghetto. In August 1943, the four sisters were deported to Auschwitz. Ms. Brandman narrowly escaped the gas chambers by running away from her assigned line upon arrival and joining one of her sisters in another line. Her sister soon developed typhus, however, and the Nazis sent her to the gas chambers. Ms. Brandman remained at Auschwitz until January 1945, when she began a forced death march to Germany.Ms. Brandman was liberated by the American and Russian armies in May 1945.


April 12, 2015


Leon Gleicher was born in 1923 in a village near Turka, Galicia, Poland (present day Ukraine).  He grew up on a farm with his parents, brothers, and sisters.  During the war, he was in the Sambor ghetto, from which he escaped as it was being liquidated.  He hid in the forest until he joined the Russian partisans.  After the war he was in Foehrenwald DP camp before coming to the US in 1949.


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

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