Bearing Witness for My Family: Surviving the Holocaust Presented by Jerry Zaks
After retiring in 2016 from a successful career in IT and computer programming, Jerry Zaks started a quest of researching and documenting the history of his parents’ experiences and hardships growing up in Poland in the 1930s. Starting with a 2 hour audio interview he conducted with his parents back in 1980, Jerry has now spent 3+ years researching his parent's experiences to fill in the details and to tell their story.
After traveling to the pivotal locations of their story, he has assembled a 45 minute presentation that is comprised of historical records, actual Nazi documentation and audio clips from the 1980 interview. The presentation is not a history lesson, but instead is a deeply personal story about the human experience of the Holocaust.
His presentation, “Bearing Witness for My Family: Surviving the Holocaust”, shows that survival is dependent on your own strength as well as the actions of good people who were resistors to the violence and murder. It starts in 1937, when his parents were 17 and 18 years old and traces their lives from before WWII, how they survived multiple concentration camps and death marches, and how they eventually rebuilt their lives in America.
Registration is required and zoom login will be sent via email the day before the program.
This program will go on Facebook Live! If you are a member of the River Edge Public Library's Facebook Group, you can view the class on our Library's Facebook page at the time of the program. Feel free to leave comments and I will be sure to read them during our zoom session! Click here to find us on Facebook if you haven't already joined our Facebook group!
This program is sponsored by the Friends of the River Edge Library, The Gross Center for Holocaust and Studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey and River Edge Cultural Center.
- Wednesday, March 31, 2021
- 7:00pm - 8:00pm
- River Edge - Outside
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