PERLA'S HOPE

She was born Perla Fiszel on December 17, 1925, in Bedzin, Poland. At the age of 14, she was taken to Grunberg Labor Camp where she remained for approximately 4 to 5 years. In the winter of 1945, she was evacuated from Grunberg camp and forced to join a death march to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, walking for weeks and covering approximately 400 km in freezing temperatures. 

 

She was liberated from Bergen-Belsen by British troops on April 15th, 1945. She was my maternal grandmother. She died December 22, 2015, in Ontario, Canada, just days after she turned 90.

Since her death, we have seen a drastic rise in hate crimes and antisemitic hate crimes in particular.

Through Perla's Hope, we aim to provide awareness and educational opportunities for teachers, parents, and the community to learn more about the Holocaust, the experiences of Holocaust survivors and victims, and to learn what we can each do to prevent genocides from occurring today.  

She was born Perla Fiszel on December 17, 1925 in Bedzin, Poland. At the age of 14 she was taken to Grunberg Labor Camp where she remained for approximately 4 - 5 years... 

The results of the U.S. Millennial Holocaust Knowledge and Awareness Survey, the first 50 state survey on Holocaust knowledge among Millenials and Gen Z (those born between 1981 - 2015) was released yesterday and revealed some shocking findings...

A few nights ago while at the school for parent teacher conferences my oldest daughter told me not to look at a display on one of the walls we were walking by because it was sad and would make me cry...

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