Holocaust survivors have volunteered at the Museum on a regular basis across the institution—engaging with visitors, sharing their personal histories, serving as tour guides, translating historic materials, and more, since the Museum opened. Their presence has been an invaluable asset, and their contributions vital to the Museum’s mission.

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  • Arye Ephrath

    Arye Ephrath

    Born: April 7, 1942, Bardejov, Slovakia

    Arye Ephrath was born on April 7, 1942 in Bardejov, a city located at the time in Slovakia, a client state and ally of Nazi Germany. Arye was born at a particularly fraught time for Jews in Slovakia. Just weeks earlier, the first deportations of Slovak Jews to Auschwitz had begun. That spring and summer, Slovak authorities rounded up tens of thousands Slovak Jews for deportation. Their initial focus was on teenagers and young adults, like Arye’s parents Miriam and Shmuel Friedman. Many Jews temporarily hid hoping to avoid deportation. While trying to avoid detection, Miriam gave birth to Arye in the basement of their home with the help of a housemaid. Later that evening, her Catholic doctor arrived to treat her. Shmuel was absent during the birth as he had escaped to the wooded hills outside of town.

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  • Peter Feigl

    Peter Feigl

    Born: March 1, 1929, Berlin, Germany

    Peter Feigl, the only child of Ernst and Agnes Bornstein Feigl, was born on March 1, 1929, in Berlin, Germany. His father, a mechanical engineer, worked for a multinational company selling automotive equipment throughout Europe while his mother stayed home to raise Peter in a upper middle class environment. When the family, who were non-practicing Jews, moved to Vienna in 1937, Peter was baptized in the Catholic Church in the hope that this would shield him from the virulent antisemitism in Germany and Austria.

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  • Jacques Fein

    Jacques Fein

    Born: October 27, 1938, Paris, France Died: May 11, 2017, Columbia, MD

    Jacques Fein was born in Paris, France in October, 1938. His parents, Rojza and Szmul Karpik, were Polish Jews who had immigrated to Paris in the 1930s. Jacques’ younger sister Annette was born in August, 1940. The Karpiks were a fairly typical Jewish Polish immigrant family; Szmul supported his wife and children with a modest income from his work as a tailor, while Rojza cared for the home and children. After the German invasion and surrender of France in 1940, the Karpiks’ lives changed drastically.

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  • Ninetta Matsa Feldman

    Ninetta Matsa Feldman

    Born: March 21, 1938

    Ninetta Matsa Feldman was born in 1938 in Arta, Greece, to Esther and Leon Matsas. In 1940, the year Italy invaded Greece, Ninetta, her older brother, Michael, and their parents moved to Agrinio, where Leon worked for the National Bank of Greece.

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  • Steven Fenves

    Steven Fenves

    Born: June 6, 1931, Subotica, Yugoslavia

    Steven Fenves was born Steven Fenyves on June 6, 1931 in Subotica, Yugoslavia, a town of 100,000 inhabitants with a Jewish population of nearly 6,000. His father, Lajos, managed a publishing house and his mother, Klári (Klara), was a graphic artist. Although they studied Serbian in school, Steven and his elder sister, Estera (Eszti), spoke Hungarian and German at home.

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  • Allan Firestone

    Allan Firestone

    Born: January 31, 1933, Kolomea, Poland

    Allan Firestone was born Abraham Wiżnitzer on January 31, 1933 in Kołomyja, Poland (present-day Ukraine). His father, Azriel, and his mother, Clara, ran a small grocery store and bar. Allan had four older sisters: Rose, Frieda, Julia, and Rachel.

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  • Fred Flatow

    Fred Flatow

    Born: May 16, 1928, Königsberg, East Prussia

    Fred Flatow was born Siegfried Friedel Ernst Flatow on May 16, 1928, in Königsberg, East Prussia (present day: Kaliningrad, Russia). Manfred, Fred’s older brother, was born in 1925. His parents, Erich and Malwine, opened a rainwear factory in 1924 and also operated a small fur coat business started by Fred’s grandparents.

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  • Brigitte Freidin

    Brigitte Freidin

    Born: June 3, 1930, Augsburg, Germany Died: March 2, 2022, Silver Spring, MD

    Brigitte Freidin was born into an Orthodox Jewish family in Augsburg, Germany on June 3, 1930. Her father, Siegfried, was a volunteer soldier during World War I and managed a furniture store. Her mother, Rita, took care of Brigitte, their only child, and spent her days cooking, a talent for which she was well known throughout town. Brigitte had a wonderful childhood, spending her time playing with other neighborhood children, visiting the local zoo, reading, and swimming in the municipal pool.

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  • Gideon Frieder

    Gideon Frieder

    Born: September 30, 1937, Zvolen, Slovakia

    Gideon Frieder was born on September 30, 1937, in Zvolen, Slovakia. His family moved to the town of Nové Mesto in Slovakia at the beginning of the war after his father, Abraham Frieder, a rabbi, was offered a position there. Slovakia was a collaborating satellite state of Nazi Germany. Slovak authorities deported Gideon’s grandparents in 1942; they died, most likely at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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  • Manya Moszkowicz Friedman

    Manya Moszkowicz Friedman

    Born: December 30, 1925, Chmielnik, Poland Died: December 5, 2013, Bethesda, Maryland

    Manya Moskowicz Friedman was born December 30, 1925, in Chmielnik, a small town in central Poland whose Jewish community dates back to the 16th century. Her father owned a furniture shop and her mother took care of the home and children. Manya had two younger brothers, David and Mordechai, who was called “Motele.” Manya’s grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins also lived in the area. She attended public school in the morning and Hebrew school in the afternoon.

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