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Nazi guards force Jewish prisoners on a death march during World War II. The fifth man from the right is Leo Wolfe, who survived the Holocaust and co-founded the Holocaust Museum & Learning Center with Tom Green and Bill Kahn.  4/15/19
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Paula Bromberg was a Polish Jew whose family was seized by the Nazis, forced to live in the Lodz ghetto and later sent to the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. She was sent from there to another camp, where she was exploited as slave labor. On May 6, 1945, her camp was liberated by the U.S. army near the end of World War II. She was the only one in her family who survived to see freedom.

Bromberg met her future husband, Harry, in a displaced persons camp after the war. They and their young child resettled in St. Louis.

Decades later, she told her story to Vida "Sister" Goldman Prince, with a tape recorder rolling. Bromberg died in 2013.

After years in storage, the interview on that tape — and those of 143 other Holocaust survivors with ties to the area — is now online.

Dan Reich (left) and Jennifer Teege (right) discussed passing on the lessons and memories of the Holocaust to future generations on Thursday's St. Louis on the Air.
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Many families have secrets, some more sinister than others. German author Jennifer Teege did not learn of her family’s alarmingly dark past until she discovered it accidentally in her late 30s.

The truth deeply disturbed her: her grandfather was Amon Goeth, the Nazi commandant depicted in Schindler’s List who famously fired at passers-by from his balcony.

Item displayed at “Capturing Hearts and Minds: Images of Nazi Propaganda and Disinformation” at the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center
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Two St. Louis exhibits closely examine the powerful role of propaganda during the rise of Nazi Germany.

The first is “Capturing Hearts and Minds: Images of Nazi Propaganda and Disinformation,” and is at the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center. The other, at the Missouri History Museum, is a traveling exhibit from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum called, “State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda.” 

A St. Louisan shares his Holocaust experience

Apr 19, 2012
(Courtesy Mendel Rosenberg)

Our own Julie Bierach shares this first-person account from Mendel Rosenberg of his experiences during the Holocaust. Rosenberg, along with three other concentration camp survivors, will share their testimonials at the St. Louis Yom HaShoah Commemoration this Sunday at Congregation Temple Israel at 4 p.m. Yom HaShoah is also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, and is recognized around the world.

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My name is Mendel Rosenberg. I’m a Holocaust survivor and I live here in St. Louis.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 6, 2010 - If you talk to professionals on the front lines in the fight against hate, three things become clear: Success is vitally important, endlessly rewarding -- and largely impossible to measure.

"It's not like when you have a physical ailment and you can say, 'Do these exercises and over six weeks you'll see a 65 percent increase in your flexibility,'" said Karen Aroesty, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of Missouri and Southern Illinois. "You can't do that with anti-bias work as cleanly."