The opportunity to hear the first-person account of a Holocaust survivor is often a once in a lifetime experience. Join the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, in cooperation with Fellowship Bible Church, on May 11, 2016, as Helen Fromowitz Weingarten shares her story.

This program is free to attend and open to the public.

Photo: Studio portrait of the Freimowitz family, circa 1925-1928 in Bocicoiu Mare, Romania.Pictured from right to left are Zalman Dub, his wife Raizel Dub (Helen’s maternal aunt) Helen’s father Ferenz Freimowitz with children Alex and Frida, Helen’s mother Bertha Freimowitz holding Esther, Rachel Freimowitz, Morris Freimowitz and Goldie Freimowitz. Photo source: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Erwin Froman.

Helen Fromowitz Weingarten was born in the small village of Oybochco, Romania. She was the seventh of nine children in a religiously observant Jewish family. By the age of sixteen, Helen had completed her education and moved to the nearby city of Sighet where she studied sewing for a year before returning home to her family to work in a weaving factory. Three years later, Hungary, an ally of Nazi Germany, invaded the region of Romania that included Oybochco. In the spring of 1944, life for Helen and her family changed dramatically when they were forced to leave their home and move into the ghetto of Slatina. 

This program is part of the 2016 Days of Remembrance in Georgia. This year, Holocaust remembrance week is May 1-8, 2016. The theme is "Mothers and Fathers: Stories of Love and Loss.” During the State Official Holocaust remembrance ceremony in the State Capitol on May 6, six candles will be lit in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Helen Fromowitz Weingarten will be lighting one of those candles.

The ability to bring speakers to audiences in Georgia is an important aspect of the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust's support of Holocaust education. By replacing the statistics with personal stories, the survivors and victims are given a voice and it also ensures that the Holocaust is never forgotten. For more information about Holocaust speakers, please click here.