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Yom HaShoah Program: The Story of My Father Who Ran for His Life!

Thursday, April 8, 2021 26 Nisan 5781

7:00 PM - 8:00

Isaac Gendelman will share his survival story from the Shoah in conversation with his son Asher Gendelman.

Isaac Gendelman is a survivor of the holocaust whose life was inalterably changed by the tragic events that occurred in Rokitno, Poland during World War II.  The Gendelman family ran a grocery store and raised their five children.  The Russians first occupied the town and were soon replaced by the Germans, aided the Poles and Ukrainians. Together they systematically liquidated the town.  On August 26, 1942, at 18 years old, Mr. Gendelman’s family along with hundreds of other Jews were killed in the town square. He was fortunate and escaped from the Rokitno Ghetto, hiding in the forest and running for his life, for two years. At the end of the war, he lived in a Displaced Persons camp in Linz, Austria.  Sponsored by his aunt, Annie Sherman (his mother's sister), life began again for Mr. Gendelman when he arrived in Washington, DC on January 17, 1949.  He met the love of his life, Goldie, in Atlantic City, in 1952 and was married a year later in New York.  Together they settled in DC, raised a family, actively participated in the community and built a beautiful life.  Mr. Gendelman has two children, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  

Isaac and Asher are the father and grandfather of Kesher Israel community member Moriah Gendelman.

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