Meet Marie Silverman: Holocaust Survivor - Virtual Program
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Why: The importance of Holocaust education is crucial, now more than ever. A recent survey by the Claims Conference found a significant lack of Holocaust knowledge in the United States. A significant majority of American adults believe that fewer people care about the Holocaust today than they used to, and more than half of Americans believe that the Holocaust could happen again. This survivor speaker program is an impactful way to increase knowledge about the history of the Holocaust by learning from a survivor’s firsthand experience.
About the speaker: Marie Silverman (née Berkovic): Marie was born in 1931 and lived with her sister Jeannette and their parents in Antwerp, Belgium when World War II began. After Germany invaded Belgium, the family escaped to France. For a while, non-Jews hid them on a farm but when the roundups began, the family was captured and separated: the sisters with their mother were placed in an internment camp at Rivesaltes, France while their father was sent to a different camp. After 9 months, Marie and Jeannette’s mother managed to smuggle her daughters out of Rivesaltes. They were hiding with other refugees in Vence, France. They were then briefly reunited with the parents who managed to escape but the father soon died as a result of the mistreatment he had endured in the camp. Two partisan couriers took the sisters across the Pyrénées Mountains on foot from Vence to Barcelona, Spain. Marie and Jeannette lived with their aunt and uncle and then came to the United States. Once here, they were placed in an orphanage and with foster families until their mother was able to reunite with them in 1949.