The Holocaust Remembrance Day event has been canceled due to low registration. So hundreds have appeared on Zoom to hear the story of a survivor 2022-04-30 14:26:31


Sidney Goldstein, 28, with a little help from others, saw him.

Friedland, 86, was supposed to speak Thursday night in Boulder, Colorado, on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance DayHappened – A day to reflect on the horrors of the Nazi massacre of six million Jews and the millions who lived.

Goldstein said she tried to register for the event but the online link didn’t work. She later learned that the program had been canceled due to lack of registration, she said.

“It kind of lit a fire in me,” Goldstein recalls on Saturday. “There will unfortunately be a time soon when Holocaust survivors won’t be left anymore, and so we can’t waste a single year.”

As the Holocaust fades from public memory, Anti-Semitism is on the riseGoldstein was determined to let Friedland to share his story.

I tracked down Friedland’s number and left a message to see if he could attend the last minute event that I had collected in a hurry. Friedland, a retired scientist, had to call her back because he was on a bike trip.

“You know I live in Colorado,” Friedland joked in an interview with CNN. “I have to try and pretend I’m still 25.”

The word spread, the call amplification reached capacity

Goldstein, doula, was a nanny to Gal and Maya Weinstock, who agreed to host the event at their home.

“We just started sending quick messages to everyone to really show support,” Goldstein said, adding that the Winstocks also reached out to Israeli friends who live in Boulder.

She also announced the event on Instagram and received about 50 messages. Goldstein said she set up a Zoom video conference for the talk. About 30 people showed up at Weinstock’s house.

“I thought the top 20 people would show up on Zoom,” Goldstein said.

He started talking and soon Zoom reached 300 people, Friedland said.

“I kept getting messages from people: It’s at capacity. What do we do? So I went on Instagram Live and we had over 600 interactions on it. Someone from Bangkok joined in. It was like a global event.”

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Friedland spoke of walking the streets of Belgium as a boy, and his father tightened the fist on his hand as the ranks of German soldiers marched past.

“It was fun watching,” he said. “It was scary to watch, but I knew all along that it was dangerous.”

He talked about his separation from his Jewish parents at the end of 1942 – he was only 6 years old – and being hosted by another family. After the war, he learned that his parents were killed in Auschwitz, where more than a million people were killed. He said that until the beginning of 1945, he still expected his parents to come back for him.

He told CNN, “As my mother once told me, ‘We’ll be together soon — again.’” He noted that dozens of Jewish children were received and rescued by many non-Jewish families.

“People who have very little themselves are still willing to help a Jewish child,” he said.

She said that the evening was one of the most memorable experiences in Goldstein’s life.

“It’s so beautiful how the community came together to really show Arnold that we care and that we know this is something very important and that we are invested in his story and that we want to listen, and make it clear to him that we will never forget it,” she said.

“He was a great example of community strength, the power of spark and a few people who wanted to make a difference and then it caught wildfire.”

‘It was very inspiring’

One of the people on the Zoom call was Jonathan Allen, a manager at Anti-Defamation League of Washington, DC. Learn about the conversation from a friend’s post on social media.

He said, “When I joined… there were only about seven people there, so I immediately went and shared it on my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and I hope to attract more people – and I’m sure others have too.” . “And just 20 minutes later, the Zoom device reached its 300-person capacity, with people pouring in from all over the world and from all over the United States.”

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“The opportunity to interact with survivors, and hear their opinions and stories firsthand, will unfortunately get fewer and fewer as survivors get older,” he said. “And so far, we have Holocaust deniers while there are still survivors, and so it’s up to us, the next generation, to keep telling stories like Arnold’s — which is why I think it resonates with a lot of people.”

At the end of his show, Friedland politely thanked his audience. There was a round of applause.

Goldstein stepped forward and said of Friedland’s story, “It’s all over America. It’s all over the world.”

“Amazing,” he said with a slight smile.

“He has been able to live such a beautiful, full, happy and successful life having experienced such darkness at such a young age,” Goldstein said on Saturday.

“It was so inspiring and made me realize even more deeply what an honor it was to meet Arnold and make him share his story.”