Jewish Community Relations Council
Renate Frydman Visits Poland Library
At a special author event at the Poland branch of the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County, Renate Frydman discussed how she came to write her book, “Anschel’s Story: Determined to Survive. The book tells the story of her late-husband’s survival in Nazi-occupied Poland. It is the true story of a young teenager who lost everyone and everything during the Holocaust. He fought to live on in spite of ghettos, fatal line-ups, enslavement in work camps and years of survival as a partisan in Polish forests.Throughout their married life, her husband told her his survival story. But, Frydman, who has been writing since the age of eight, never wrote about it. One day, she decided it was time to record what he told her. He eventually filled nine audiocassettes. The event was sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County Literary Society.
“An Evening with Israel Pickholtz: A Jewish Genealogist's Discovery of Family History"
Israel Pickholtz, a native of Pittsburgh who has been living in Israel since 1973, began working seriously on his families’ genealogies in 1994. Since his early retirement in 2008, he has been accepting genealogy clients from Israel and abroad.
The JCRC held its annual Holocaust commemoration programs for Yom Hashoah in April. The 25th Annual Community Holocaust Commemoration event was in the Rotunda of the Mahoning County Courthouse and the annual Shoah Memorial Ceremony was held at the Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane. Yom Hashoah is an internationally recognized day set aside for remembering all victims of the Holocaust and for reminding society of what can happen to civilized people when bigotry, hatred, and indifference reign. This year’s local theme, “Anti-Semitism in All its Forms,” explores the increased instances of anti-Semitism world-wide and how Holocaust denial contributes to this increase.