Frederick’s Beth Sholom to hold Holocaust program on Sunday -- Gazette.Net


Halina Silber, a Holocaust survivor whose life was saved by working in Oskar Schindler’s factories in World War II, will be speaking at the Beth Sholom Congregation in Frederick Sunday.

The event featuring Silber, who was one of 1,200 Jews who worked in Schindler’s factories and escaped death in Auschwitz, Germany’s largest concentration camp, will begin 1 p.m. at 1011 N. Market St., in Frederick.

The annual community Holocaust memorial service is a joint program between Beth Sholom and Frederick’s Kol Ami Congregation.

The program will include songs, readings, violin performances and a dessert reception. In addition, Frederick Mayor Randy McClement will read the Proclamation for the Days of Remembrance.

The Holocaust, also known as Yom HaShoah in Hebrew, is the term used to describe the murder of six million European Jews during World War II. Jews around the world hold programs to remember the victims.

At the age of 12, Silber became number 16 of Schindler’s now-famous list. She worked in both his factories from 1943 until they were liberated in May 1945. Her mother and other family members were killed at the Belzec extermination camp.

Schindler helped thousands of Polish Jews by shielding them as workers in his factories. He ensured that they worked, but he did not subject them to the cruelties typical of many forced labor camps at the time.

His story was told in the 1993 film “Schindler’s List,” directed by Steven Spielberg.

For more information on Sunday’s program, contact Beth Sholom at 301-663-3437.