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Yom HaShoah Commemoration - The Story of Ruth Luftman née Hamburger, Mother of Our Member Eric Luftman

Sunday, May 5, 2024 27 Nisan 5784

7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Ruth Hamburger was 10 years old when she was deported with her family from Nazi Germany to a concentration camp in Vichy France in October 1940. Four months later, Ruth was separated from her parents and maternal grandparents, and was sent to a children’s home more than 100 miles away. Over the next 18 months (February 1941–August 1942), Ruth corresponded with her parents through weekly letters, sharing their experiences with each other, until the correspondence halted abruptly. Years later, Ruth learned that her parents were murdered in Auschwitz.

In 2016, Eric started researching his mother’s story, transcribing and translating 68 letters his mother had kept throughout her survival of the Holocaust. Along the way he befriended Hans-Georg Schmitz, a retired German minister who, with others in his community, was organizing a memorial event for the Jews of his area and helped in the translation of some of the letters.

Through the letters, Eric gains valuable insight on the lives of his family under the Vichy regime, and their dedication to their only child, Ruth.

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