Observing Yom Hashoah on Sunday, April 23 at Noon

Lola Margulies was born in Zaleszeziki, Poland and moved to the small Polish town of Skalat after Hitler defeated Poland in 1939. She was 11 years old when the German army invaded this part of Poland after declaring war on Russia in 1941. She, together with all other Jews in town were interned in a ghetto under extremely overcrowded conditions, with very little food and under constant threat of being deported to the death camps in the middle of the night.

After the Ghetto was liquidated in 1943, she spent a few weeks in a labor camp and then she and her family escaped to the woods where they were hidden ten feet underground in a bunker for nine months. They were without daylight, starving, packed like sardines and living in filth in this grave for the living. The Russian army liberated her in 1944. In 1947 she immigrated to the United States.

Mrs. Margulies has spoken often about her wartime experience and some of these memories have been recorded in a testimony, which is part of a collection of Testimonies published in a book entitled Death of a Shtetl. The book is in the archives of various Holocaust museums. Her presentation will cover the above experience.

Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center. Lunch will be available for $3 per slice of pizza and $1 for a soda or water. Lunch must be reserved in advance by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, April 21. You may bring your own lunch if you wish. This program is sponsored by Temple Beth Elohim's Board of Education and is open to all. It is recommended for people 6th grade through adults.


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