Karen Katz

- Member -

Committee of Management

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I am the only child of Holocaust survivors and, not surprisingly, I have a special personal interest in the Holocaust. 

 

My parents are still thankfully both able to share the stories of their experiences with me and my children.  Their stories and experiences form an intrinsic part of our day-to-day lives.  

 

I was fortunate to participate in the MOTL student program in 2014 with both of my parents and experience its uniqueness.  For both me and my parents, it was a very special way to recover some of our lost Polish and Jewish heritage. It was also pivotal in helping me define my own Jewish identity.  Our travels included a visit to Warsaw where among other fascinating places of interest, we attended the Nozyk synagogue where my father remembered visiting as a young boy before the war with his grandfather. At 83 years of age, he was given a bar mitzvah by the rabbi at the Nozyk synagogue.  It was a truly life changing experience for each of us.

 

It is for this reason that I feel so strongly in my desire to share this incredible program of March of the Living and what it has to offer with others so that more people can not only learn about the Holocaust but also about their own Jewish heritage, especially since the survivors will soon no longer be able to share firsthand their stories and experiences with us.