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Survivor Profiles

Each Survivor of the Holocaust has a unique story – these stories often include suffering, kindness, luck, and more. This page highlights Chicagoland Survivors and gives web visitors the chance to explore the range of Holocaust Survivor experiences – one story at a time.

We continue to work on this page, adding more and more Survivor stories. Please visit again soon to view updates.

My fear today is that people will forget the Holocaust.

Sam Harris, Holocaust Survivor & Museum President Emeritus

Every Survivor Has a Story...

John Krawiec

Bircza, Poland

1919 - 2020

Israel Starck

Podhoryan-Munkács, Czechoslovakia

1929 - Present

Steen Metz

Odense, Denmark

1935 - Present

Vera Burstyn

Budapest, Hungary

1939 - Present

Ernie Heimann

Mainz, Germany

1929 - Present

Janine Oberrottman

Lvov, Poland

1925 - Present

George Levy Mueller


1930 - Present

Dov Boros

Budapest, Hungary

1932 - Present

Sharon Pitluk Silver

Knyszyn, Poland

1941 - Present

Ben Goldwater

Brussels, Belgium

December 1938 - Present

Max Epstein

Lodz, Poland

1925 - 2020

Ralph Rehbock

Gotha, Germany

1934 - Present

Photo credits: Chris Strong

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