During an afternoon visit to the Zekelman Holocaust Museum this past Sunday, we listened to Survivor Irene Miller speak about her experiences and purchased her compelling book, Into No Man’s Land, A Historical Memoir.  Irene is a renowned author, a speaker, educator, and mediator. Irene details her objectives on her website

  • Give a face to the darkest chapter of human history.
  • Promote tolerance and diversity.
  • Inspire positive action, including anti-bullying.
  • Empower people to overcome obstacles in life, by example.

We can read about her tireless and extraordinary efforts to combat hate.

       “Irene Miller will take you on a survival journey little written and known about. You will sleep in the winter under an open sky on the no man’s land; you will freeze in a Siberian labor camp where the bears come to your door front. In Uzbekistan, you will live on boiled grass or broiled onions, and shiver with malaria. You will spend years in orphanages. When this is over you will wonder how a child with this background grows up to become a positive, creative, accomplished woman with a joy of living and love to share.”

After Irene finished speaking, a long line formed in the bookstore where she was personalizing books and meeting members of her audience. A former JSL 2020 Eight Over Eighty honoree, Irene is asked to speak all over the country as a survivor of hate. Her life is an inspiration. We toured all the new Zekelman exhibits and experienced important lessons from history where she and many other local Holocaust Survivors are featured with quotes and interviews. I plan to return very soon.

Save the date, Sunday, March 10 at 2 PM at Congregation Beth Ahm in West Bloomfield and join us to attend the Annual Benefit for JSL’s Program for Holocaust Survivors and Families.  Throughout the year, this essential Program, run by Dr. Charles Silow, conducts support groups, individual counseling, wellness calls, Café Europa concerts, and the “Portraits of Honor” Oral History project.  Contributions to the Program help JSL continue to provide quality programming that supports survivors during these critical times. Meet Dr. Silow and enjoy an afternoon of music and refreshments.  This year’s Benefit will host the Klezmephonic Klezmer Band, who will perform a special concert to celebrate our Holocaust Survivors and their families.

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Wishing you a peaceful weekend in good health.

Shabbat Shalom.

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