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Lecture: Shelly Weiner and Rachel Kizhnerman, ‘Two Hidden Children: A Holocaust Story’
June 19, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Shelly Weiner was born in Rivne, Poland, and was four when Nazis invaded her town. Laws forbidding Jews from work and school were passed, and her family realized all Jews would be killed or deported to camps. A farm family in a nearby village where Weiner’s aunt lived served as hiding for 28 months on top of a barn and in an underground bunker. There were four in hiding: Weiner, Weiner’s mother, Rachel Kizhnerman, and Kizhnerman’s mother. In 1949, after World War II, Weiner’s family came to the U.S. and moved to Philadelphia. She has been living in Greensboro since 1972.
Rachel Kizhnerman and her mother decided to stay in Russia after the war. Kizhnerman went to school in Ukraine and then moved to St. Petersburg where she went to college. In 1980, she and her mother came to the U.S. and moved to Greensboro.
This event is co-sponsored by the Friday Center in conjunction with World View’s Global Education Leaders Program.