We are thankful to the St. Louis County Library Foundation, Denise Chappell, and Lori Boschert for allowing Dr. Levy and Bulgarian Consul Lucy Taseva to share their respective stories of survival and to learn about the Bulgarian people who saved 50,000 Jews. 

Hidden child survivor Rachel Miller also attended.  Her father and uncle were among Hitler's first human guinea pigs who were used to test the efficacy of drugs that would quickly kill people.  Rachel's eyes filled wth tears as I struggled to shared her nine-year-old childhood memory of her father dying in her mom's arms in the Drancy camp hospital outside of Paris.

Thank you for keeping Ben's legacy of Holocaust education alive and meaningful.

 

Many thanks to Ted Ivanov, who grew up in Bulgaria and now makes Bulgarian yogurt locally, for his time and serving this distintive Bulkan Treasure -- Yo Bul Yogurt.

 You can view photos from this program by clicking on the flyer.

May 8 -- Madill Public Schools and First Baptist Church hosted a Holocaust educational program for six hundred students and offered a live steam to local residents. Where's Madill?  A town of 3,000+ people in Oklahoma.

 

Shelly Hamilton heard our ancestors' souls echo and organized the event and rallied the town for support.  She is a life-long Madill resident and parent; coincidentally, her son's name is Ben and her niece's name is Hannah.

Hidden child survivor Rachel Miller provided testimony of hers and her family's inhumane experiences they suffered in Paris France.   Video and other informaton on Ben Fainer's life in Bedzin Poland was shared by his daughter Sharon Hannah Berry.

 

 You can view photos from this program by following this link.

Read The Daily Ardmorette Article Here

See KTen TV Cover Here

February 6 in Jefferson City, MO, Hidden child survivor Rachel Miller shared her story of suffering and survival at Helias Catholic High School. 

 

Teacher Sarah Kemkper launched Holocaust education at Helias in 2013 when Ben Fainer first spoke.  Since then, each year 200 students have filled the library to hear a survivor speak.  

You can view photos from this program by following this link.

Read News Tribune Article Here

See KRCG TV Cover Here

Survivor  Dr. Ram Levy tells students how righteous people of Bulgaria stopped Hitler's plans to deport and kill 50,000 Jewish people 

February 4, 2019 at Parkway North High School - Alma Mater of Dr. Levy's children and several of Ben Fainer's children and grandchild.

Alumna Sharon Berry shares video and details of Ben's story.

Despite single digit temperatures and sub-zero wind chill, approx. 125 people bundled up and came out to hear hidden child survivor Rachel Miller's story.

Thanks again to the St. Louis County Library for making this program possible; and PS Kids First, Soldiers Memorial/MO Historical Society, and St. Louis Polonia for their support.

You can view photos from the evening by following this link.

 View Program Brochure Here

NEVER AGAIN:  Survivors shared their stories of inhuman cruelty, righteousness and survival. 

September 17, 2018 

Tri County Senior Center in Pacific, Missouri

Rachel Miller, hidden child survivor, shares her story with Parkway North High School Students, May 2, 2018 in St. Louis, MO

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Helias High School, Jefferson City, MO

Dr. Ram Levy sharing his story with 200 students

March 22, 2018

In his letter thanking the students for his visit, Dr. Levy remembered the people who saved him and his family from the Nazi death camps:

"Hopefully, their heroic actions will become your guiding light! Should fate put you to the test in your lives, be righteous like them!"

- - Ram Levy, PhD.