Surviving Survival

By July 28, 2018 No Comments

Dora Niederman at Acadiana High School, Lafayette, Louisiana

Surviving Survival

“I had to work for everything that I have. And nobody helped me. I didn’t ask for nobody and I’m doing pretty good on my own.”
– Martin Wasserman

Our survivors arrived in New Orleans after the war and began their lives over again. But hardship didn’t end with the war. The survivors started with next to nothing. By dint of hard work and determination, they made a living and raised their families. Their example inspires us.

How did the survivors deal with the past? They didn’t. They suppressed the memories and occupied themselves with work and family. The Holocaust was never a topic. That came much later.

Eight of our survivors describe life after the war, and how they dealt with the past: