If you are not attending B'game Historical Society quarterly meetings you are missing some great events like this and this. Yesterday's meeting was no exception as a local Holocaust survivor, author and educator spoke to the Society in the Lane Room.
Helen Farkas moved to B'game in 1962 and is still residing in the Mills Estates home that she and her late husband bought new. Her journey here is a long and painful one starting in Transylvania as it vascillated between being Romanian and Hungarian. Helen was able to describe how the slow descent towards the Holocaust began with anti-Semitic posters, confiscated radios (so they would not listen to Voice of America), wearing the yellow Star of David, etc. She was taken to Auschwitz with her family, separated from all but her sister, and eventually escaped during the Death March to Czechoslovakia.
Helen took some questions and offered her book for sale (Remember the Holocaust, 1995) that is offered in conjunction with Mercy High School (in SF) where the Farkas Center is located. Reading about the Holocaust is one thing, hearing about it as we did (and as 400 students at BHS did last week) is quite another. Here is Helen.