September 16, 2011, 7:30 pm
Thank you for making 3GNY's sold-out Fall Shabbat dinner a great success. We shared an evening of great food and company, where we socialized with friends, met new people, learned more about 3GNY, its events, its educational initiative WEDU, and how you can become more involved. The dinner featured special guest speaker and Holocaust survivor Stephen Berger, who shared his story and answer questions in a brief Q&A.
About Stephen Berger: Stephen was born and raised in Debrecin, Hungary, where he attended elementary school and Jewish Gymnasium. After the German occupation of Hungary he was forced into the city ghetto. From there, he was sent to Strasshof concentration camp and then to a slave labor camp in Austria. After the liberation by Allied Forces, he briefly returned to Hungary, where he discovered the Germans and their Hungarian collaborators had murdered 26 members of his family. He joined the Zionist movement and left Hungary. He then worked to help European Jews immigrate to Palestine and contributed to Israel’s war for independence.