Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ and the Holocaust Resource Center at Kean University are offering two unique programs to commemorate all those in our local community who survived, served, rescued, and continue to teach the lessons of the Holocaust today. Join us for one or both programs.
The Secret Annex: A Virtual Tour of the Anne Frank House
Wednesday, April 27, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Get an exclusive look into The Secret Annex where young Anne Frank hid for more than two years with her family during WWII. Led by an educator from the Anne Frank House, this virtual tour of the site in Amsterdam will examine the extraordinary life of Anne Frank and how her legacy continues to inspire young people today.
Keeping The Stories Alive
A Conversation Between a Survivor and her Saviors’ Daughter
Wednesday, April 27, 6-7:15 p.m.
Holocaust Survivor Maud Dahme and Ingrid Steppic, the daughter of the couple who saved Maud more than 75 years ago, will share their stories of survival and heroism. Moderated by Ilyse Shainbrown, Director of Holocaust Education.
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Maud Dahme was born in Amersfoort, Holland on January 24, 1936, the daughter of Hartog and Lilly Peper. The Germans invaded Holland in 1940 and in July of 1942, all Jewish families were ordered to report to the train station with a single suitcase of their belongings. A friend of Maud’s family warned them of the dangers and found safe houses where they went into hiding, the children separate from their parents. After three years in hiding, Maud and her sister were reunited with their parents, whom they barely knew.
Maud and her family came to the United States in 1950 to rebuild their lives. Maud married Hank Dahme in 1957 and had four children and nine grandchildren and is now a great- grandmother. She has become a champion for Holocaust Education throughout the state of NJ, serving on the New Jersey Commission of Holocaust Education. Maud visits countless schools to share her story and educate young people on the Holocaust. Each summer, Maud leads the NJ State Commission trip of teachers to important Holocaust sites throughout Europe.
Ingrid Kanis Steppic was born in Holland in 1943. Her family hid 40 Jews in Holland during the Holocaust. Ingrid’s family moved to Amersfoort only one day before the Germans invaded Holland on May 10, 1940. Her father Jan’s position as manager of the town post office allowed him to see returned mail and death notices. He realized that the Nazis were killing Jews long before many others found out, and he encouraged many Jews to go into hiding and helped find places for them to hide. The Kanis family continued to live in Amersfoort after the war. Ingrid married an American soldier and moved to the United States.
In 1971, Ingrid’s parents were honored by Yad Vashem in Israel as Righteous Among the Nations. Ingrid is a member of the Holocaust Center for Humanity’s Speakers Bureau, and presents her family’s story to local students and community groups.