Holocaust survivor speaks to teachers from across the state

Judith Kallman, a Holocaust survivor, shared her experiences surviving the mass genocide on Thursday, Nov. 3, at Quinnipiac University’s Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences on the North Haven Campus.

The lecture was part of the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Echoes and Reflections Holocaust Educator program, which was co-sponsored by the School of Education.

Kallman spoke to 25 teachers from across the state as well as to students and members of the Quinnipiac community.

The program features a 10-part curriculum on the Holocaust and is directed toward middle and high school teachers in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Growing up in Czechoslovakia, Kallman recalls her first memory of World War II as a 4-year-old: her brothers coming home from school with bloody noses because they were beaten up for being Jewish. It was not long after that she watched as her parents were forced onto a train headed to a concentration camp. She and her siblings went into hiding, first in Czechoslovakia and then in Hungary. They never saw their parents again.

“My childhood was spent strictly running, escaping,” Kallman said. “What does a 4- or 5-year-old child understand? Does she understand what anti-Semitism is? What hatred for the Jews is? Why there is so much anger and jealousy? She doesn’t know any different. As a child, all I knew was fear. I was frightened. That’s how I grew up.”

Kallman has lectured all over the United States and her Holocaust memoir, “A Candle in the Heart,” has been showcased by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, and at teacher training workshops and in libraries across North America, Israel and Europe. She is a board member of the Greenwich UJA-Federation and the Jewish Broadcasting Service and actively supports Temple Sholom of Greenwich, Chabad of Greenwich, Greenwich Hospital, the Bruce Museum, NYU Langone Hospital, Burke Rehabilitation Center, AIPAC, ADL and a number of other organizations.

She lives in Greenwich with her husband, Irwin.

Fairfield Warde High School teacher Paige Moore participated in the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) Echoes and Reflections Holocaust Educator program, which was co-sponsored by Quinnipiac University’s School of Education.

Fairfield Warde High School teacher Paige Moore participated in the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Echoes and Reflections Holocaust Educator program, which was co-sponsored by Quinnipiac University’s School of Education.

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