AJU Hosts Special Yom Ha Shoah Commemoration

A very special Yom Ha Shoah program was presented this afternoon at American Jewish University, with Julie Kohner as the guest speaker. In honoring the memory of 6 million through the telling of not just one, but three personal stories from second generation survivors. With Julie today were her cousin, Illana Bloch, daughter of Dr. Gotfried Bloch, Hanna Bloch Kohner’s brother, and also a survivor of Aushwitz, and Rene Florsheim, daughter of Eva Florsheim, Hanna’s dear friend who had also survived the same four camps as Hanna.

VOG presenting This Is Your Life, Hanna Bloch Kohner, at American Jewish University.
VOG presenting This Is Your Life, Hanna Bloch Kohner, at American Jewish University.

 

Second Generation survivors Rene Florsheim, Illana Bloch with  Julie Kohner at AJU Yom Ha Shoah commemoration.
Second Generation survivors Rene Florsheim, Illana Bloch with Julie Kohner at AJU Yom Ha Shoah commemoration.

Throughout the presentation, the emphasis continued to come back that it is up to the next generation to continue to share the legacy of the Holocaust. And one way to continue this is through contact with survivors and their children. Sadly, there are fewer survivors today, and the responsibility has to fall upon the next generation so the the words “we must never forget” continue to have meaning.

L to R; Rene Florsheim, Julie Kohner and Illana Bloch
L to R; Rene Florsheim, Julie Kohner and Illana Bloch

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