JCC hosting remembrance
The free Yom HaShoah commemoration will include a memorial service, candle-lighting and conversation with Leo Silberman. This event is free and open to the public.
Silberman was 14 when Germans invaded his hometown of Rymanow, Poland, in 1939. After two years of occupation and forced labor, the Jews were separated. This was the last time Silberman saw his parents, two brothers, two sisters and many extended family members.
He survived several slave labor camps and concentration camps. After liberation, he was sent to a displaced persons camp, where he met his future wife, Paula. In 1949, he sailed to American and settled in Council Bluffs, Iowa, before moving to Cleveland in 1951, where Paula had settled with her family.
Silberman is involved in many Jewish organizations and serves as president of Kol Israel Foundation, the Holocaust survivors’ organization in Cleveland.
Stephanie Kist contributed to this report.
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