Never Again. These iconic words have been written and spoken countless times in the aftermath of the Holocaust. Part of the admonition Never Again, is Never Forget.
Dr. Anna Ornstein and her mother were deported from their native Nazi occupied Hungary to Auschwitz when Anna was 17 years old. Anna survived, and eventually went on to become professor of child psychiatry, author, Lecturer in Psychiatry at Harvard, and professor emerita of child psychology at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Ornstein is an active speaker and educator, and has recently been working with local towns and universities discussing parallels between the 1930s and now. Her book, My Mother’s Eyes: Holocaust Memories of a Young Girl recounts her experiences with the intention of adding to the testimony of survivors’ stories and of preventing the atrocities of the past from happening again.
Leora Tec is the Director of Bridge To Poland, an organization that she founded to engage people in topics related to Jewish Poland through small group travel, talks and workshops. She is interested in questions of identity and memory and in uncovering the unexpected hope that is present in modern day Poland. Her mother, Nechama Tec is a Holocaust survivor and Holocaust scholar whose focus is on rescue and resistance. Leora sees her work as the second generation of her mother’s work. She is currently working on a book about her experiences finding identity and unexpected connections in Poland, and has recently received a Fellowship from Wellesley College to spend 6 months in Poland exploring Jewish memory.