Students in Yeshiva South Shore’s Mechina division were fortunate to be visited by two Holocaust survivors, siblings Jack Nayberg and Dora Siegelman. Rabbi Yoni Escovitz, a seventh-grade rebbi at YOSS and the rav of the guests, led an interactive question-and-answer session for the sixth through eighth graders.
The siblings gave a glimpse of prewar European Jewry and the incredible void that remained after the war. The talmidim heard about their harrowing experiences in the ghettos, the concentration camps, and the death march, and were inspired by their miraculous survival.
After the presentation, the students personally greeted and thanked them for sharing their stories. Mrs. Siegelman showed the boys the numbers on her arm, an image sure to be etched forever into their minds.
“It is so important for the new generation to have firsthand testimony of the Holocaust,” said Rabbi Zev Davidowitz, menahel ha’mechina. “Our talmidim need to be able to tell their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren what they heard with their own ears and saw with their own eyes.”