Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies – Muskegon

Edith Maniker, Kindertransport Survivor, to Speak in Muskegon April 15-16

Edith Maniker

Edith Maniker

Edith Maniker, who as a young child was a Kindertransport survivor who escaped Nazi persecution during World War II, will be the guest presenter at the 2018 Shoah Commemoration Service at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 15.

The event, which takes place at Samuel Lutheran Church, at the corner of 8th Street and Muskegon Ave. in downtown Muskegon, is organized by the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies – Muskegon.

Maniker will also speak at a community event on Monday, April 16, from 6:30-8 p.m. in Muskegon Community College’s Sturrus Technology Center, 388 W. Clay Ave., in downtown Muskegon.

Both events are free and open to the public.

During the day on April 16, Maniker will be participating in an outreach program for Muskegon County High Schools from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The program is sponsored by the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies – Muskegon.

Born in Leipzig, Germany, Maniker, along with a hundred other children, was placed on a train in 1939 that transported the youngsters from Germany to England and away from the Nazi horrors. A few years ago, Maniker returned to Germany – something she vowed she would never do – for the first time since her remarkable escape.

The Kindertransport (German for “children’s transport”) was an organized rescue effort that took place during the nine months prior to the outbreak of the Second World War. The United Kingdom took in nearly 10,000 predominantly Jewish children from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and the Free City of Danzig. The children were placed in British foster homes, hostels, schools and farms. Often they were the only members of their families who survived the Holocaust.

For more information on the events, please contact Trynette Lottie-Harps at (231) 777-0559.

Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies – Muskegon

Mailing address:
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Muskegon MI 49440



Pastor Christopher Anderson
Retired Chairperson
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Mr. David Klemm
Vice Chair
Muskegon Area Intermediate School District 

Ms. Sarah Woycehoski
Fruitport Schools
Administrative Secretary 

Rabbi Alan Alpert
Congregation B’nai Israe

Ms. Trynette Lottie-Harps
Muskegon Community College 

Ms. Anna Alpert
Congregation B’nai Israel

About Us

In 1995 a Service of Commemoration was held at Samuel Lutheran Church in the city of Muskegon. Pastor Chris Anderson and Rabbi Alan Alpert gathered in the small Worship Center with 12 people in attendance. The service commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the liberation of the only remaining death camp, Auschwitz, and the many concentration camps spread throughout northern Europe and the murder of six million Jews and five million others because they were Slavs, Roma and Sinti, or their religious or political beliefs or their sexual orientation. The service also commemorated Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer who was murdered by the Nazis at Flossenburg prison on April 9, 1945 for his participation the attempt to assassinate Hitler.

It has been a remarkable 20 years bringing primary witnesses to the Holocaust, individuals who lived in Europe and were part of the Hitler Youth, scholars in Holocaust studies. Various organizations have shared their gifts of music: the Cammerata Singers under the direction of Floyd Farmer; the Muskegon Chamber Choir under the direction of David Wikman; area high school and middle school choirs and instrumental groups from Reeths-Puffer, North Muskegon, Mona Shores, Muskegon High School and a diverse group of individuals.

In an effort to provide for this organization’s work into the future, a partnership was forged with Muskegon Community College and the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District. We moved from being the Shoah Remembrance Committee of Muskegon to the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies–Muskegon, whose mission is: cultivating values to diffuse hate and encourage diversity.

The Center will provide opportunities to the Muskegon Community which result in:

  • Education: The Muskegon Community learns, thinks critically and applies lessons learned from the Holocaust and genocide
  • Commemoration: The Muskegon Community remembers and reflects upon the victims of the Holocaust and genocide
  • Perpetuation: The Muskegon Community recognizes the ongoing importance of educating and commemorating beyond the immediacy of the victims of the Holocaust and genocide.

On June 11, 2015 the committee finalized the By-Laws and established its first board.