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.
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.