Editor Shlomit Kriger and one of the Holocaust survivors from Toronto featured in Marking Humanity, John Freund, were interviewed on “Perspectives with Barry Shainbaum” on Faith FM (CJTW 94.3) in Kitchener, Ontario, on Nov. 7, 2010.
John was born in Czechoslovakia in June 1930. In 1942 the Nazis transported his family to the Terezin (Theresienstadt) ghetto, and at the end of 1943, to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in Poland. He ended up being one of about 35 boys who survived the camp, but he found only an aunt from his father’s side still alive when he returned to his hometown.
On the following Sunday, Shlomit and Holocaust survivor Helen Drazek, whose poems are included in Marking Humanity, appeared on the Israeli Network’s “Together with Gila Yefet” talk show based in Toronto. Helen shared some of her Holocaust experiences as a child in the Warsaw ghetto in Poland and having later lived in hiding with a Christian family that helped her family. She also read excerpts from her writings. The women then discussed the importance of passing on the Holocaust education and lessons to future generations.