Two men who survived the Nazi Holocaust are bringing their stories to central Illinois as part of the Day of Remembrance. Aaron Elster is speaking at ISU's Milner Library this evening. When only 9 years old, he hid in the Polish woods until a sympathetic family hid him for the rest of the war. Doctor Heini Halberstam, now living in Champaign, will speak at Peoria's Day of Remembrance next Thursday(4/19). Halberstam was separated from his mother, and believes she died in a labor camp. Halberstam says he underwent a transformation:
Halberstam will be at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie for the ceremony. He says over 60 percent of the Jews in Europe were murdered during the Nazi regime. His appearance is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Peoria, which is also involved in efforts to reign in the genocide in Darfur. There will be the traditional reading of the names of the names of those who perished in the Holocaust at both events.
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