Yom HaShoah Observance with Special Guest: French Holocaust Survivor Jacqueline Mendels Birn

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Date(s) - Wednesday, April 26, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bethesda Jewish Congregation


The community is welcome to observe Yom HaShoah — Holocaust Remembrance Day — with Bethesda Jewish Congregation (BJC) and its special guest, French Holocaust survivor Jacqueline Mendels Birn. On July 30, 1942, Jaqueline and her family left Paris for the Vichy-controlled southern region of France. At the train station, they picked up backpacks which had been left there for them by members of French underground. The police did not search the Mendels’ train as they had many others. But, after crossing the border and arriving in Ribérac, her parents were arrested and interrogated by the French authorities. They were not imprisoned, but they were ordered to remain near the regional capital of Periguiex, They settled in two upstairs rooms of a house with no electricity or water in the tiny village of Le Got in Dordogne, where they lived for the next 29 months. Join us for an intriguing and moving evening to learn the rest of the story. Please RSVP to the BJC office by phone at 301-469-8636.