Authors, Relatives To Read, Discuss New Book, ‘How We Survived: 52 Personal Stories By Child Survivors Of The Holocaust’ | BH Courier

Authors, Relatives To Read, Discuss New Book, ‘How We Survived: 52 Personal Stories By Child Survivors Of The Holocaust’

Lya Frank with her "hiding sisters" in Holland in 1943.
Lya Frank with her "hiding sister," Francien, today.

Posted: Friday, March 24, 2017 – 6:58 PM

Holocaust survivor authors will discuss their wartime experiences and read from How We Survived: 52 Personal Stories by Child Survivors of the Holocaust at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 29 at Chevalier’s Books, 126 N. Larchmont Blvd. in Larchmont Village.

Published by the Child Survivors of the Holocaust Los Angeles (CSHLA), the oldest child survivor group in the country, the book is an account of the individual experiences of children who were able, through means as varied as the human spirit itself, to survive unthinkable horror and then find the courage to share their stories.

Speakers will include Holocaust survivors Lya Frank and Henry Slucki. John Gordon’s (1936-2012) story will be read by his grandchildren, Jonas and Augie Blum and Ella Lynch. Frank will be joined at the reading by her “hiding sister” from Holland, Francien, whose family hid 7-year-old Lya in 1943.

• Lya Frank was born in Utrecht, Holland in 1936. She and her sister survived the war in hiding with different families. Their parents and grandparents were killed. Lya is retired from a career in banking and is currently a peer counselor at Wise and Healthy Aging, Santa Monica.

• Henry Slucki was born in Paris in 1934. He arrived in the U.S. in 1943 as one of 1,000 evacuated children and was reunited with his parents in 1946. He is currently is assistant professor of psychiatry & the behavioral sciences at USC.

• John Gordon was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1936. His aunt managed to get a Swedish shutz-pass for him that allowed him to move to a safe house protected by Raoul Wallenberg. After his mother was killed during the war, Gordon was raised by his maternal grandparents. Gordon came to the U.S. after the Hungarian Revolution and had a career in engineering and business.

The event, which also includes a Q&A and signing, is sponsored by CSHLA and Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (www.lamoth.org) in Pan Pacific Park.

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