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Kristallnacht Commemoration

Date: Wednesday, November 16
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (EST)

Author Insight with Nechama Birnbaum


In commemoration of Kristallnacht the Holocaust Council presents Nechama Birnbaum, author of The Redhead of Auschwitz, which chronicles the survival and life of her grandmother Rosie, a Holocaust survivor. Birnbaum will discuss the experience of writing the book, as well as how she has shared her story widely on social media.

The first ten registrants will receive a signed copy of The Redhead of Auschwitz.

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Third-generation survivors (grandchildren of survivors) can attend a virtual pre-event networking program from 6:30-7 p.m. with Director of Holocaust Education Ilyse Shainbrown and 3GNJ to learn about upcoming programs, speaking opportunities, and the We Educate (WEDU) program. Please indicate on the registration form that you are a 3G survivor in order to register for this session as well.

Questions? Contact Jamie Carus at jcarus@jfedgmw.org.

Nechama Birnbaum knew since she was a little girl that she would write her grandmother’s story of determination and survival. In The Redhead of Auschwitz she tells the real-life story of Rosie Greenstein as a young Jewish girl in Crasna, Romania to a teen who ended up in Auschwitz where she endured horrific persecution and inconceivable loss. It was her unimaginable strength, perseverance, and stubbornness that not only enabled her to survive but to go on to be the loving matriarch of a family of five children, 28 grandchildren, 120 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren. Nechama lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughters and had the privilege to live nearby her redhead grandma.

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