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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Holocaust Subject of Talk At Y’s Women

The Y’s Women will open 2006 with a talk from three who have been touched by the Holocaust.

The program is scheduled for Jan. 9 at 11 a.m. at Westport-Weston Family Y.

The three are all students in a memoir writing class at Norwalk Community College.

Jules Wallerstein was born in Fuerth, Germany and his father owned a jewelry store, which was destroyed during Kristallnacht in 1938.

The only way the family could escape Germany was by traveling to Cuba.

Due to greed, Nazi propaganda, and governmental mismanagement, the Cuban government denied entry to the 937 Jewish passengers on his family’s ship, the SS St. Louis.

The passengers wired countries all over the world to give refuge to the passengers.  Most countries declined to help, but Holland, France, Belgium and England accepted a portion of the refugees.

Jules, who was 12 then, and his family landed in Belgium, and only 300 of the passengers survived with the rest perishing in concentration camps.

Helen Wallerstein grew up in the Bronx, N.Y. with her parents and grandmother who were all born in Hungary.

When she married Jules Wallerstein she had little knowledge of his background. Since then she has become a passionate advocate of his efforts to preserve his history.  Together they travel extensively meeting with interested organizations.

Ilsa Zimmerman grew up in Stuttgart, Germany under the oppression of the Nazis. She immigrated to the United States with her husband, Kurt, in 1950.

Y’s Women meetings are open to the public. For more information,  call Y’s Women President Gloria Stashower at (203) 227-6054.

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