Thursday, April 27, 2017, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah, 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette, IL 60091
Light refreshments will be served.
Presentation by Holocaust survivor and author Aaron Elster
Aaron Elster is a child survivor of the Holocaust. Born in 1933 in the small northwestern village in Poland, he lived in the Sokolow Ghetto with his two sisters, mother and father until the liquidation of the ghetto in September, 1942.
Mr. Elster’s story is one of survival. Hear him describe how he managed to hide in surrounding farms until he found a more permanent refuge in the attic of a Polish family, where he lived for over two years. After the war, he survived in several orphanages throughout Poland, and eventually was smuggled out of Poland to join thousands of homeless Jews in various DP camps in West Germany. Finally, he arrived in the US in June 1947, was educated in Chicago, and served in the armed forces during the Korean conflict.
Through his eloquent speaking and writing, Aaron Elster has completed the voyage from the solitary hidden child in the attic to successful executive, and to inspiring educator. His haunting memoir is an unforgettably moving chronicle that resonates with unbearable memories through sheer determination, the goodness of others, and the drive to bear witness.
Mr. Elster is a well-known and highly regarded speaker and active Board Member (First Vice President, Executive Committee Member) at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, in Skokie.
We invite you to join us at this inspiring and powerful presentation.