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Voices of the Generations

January 25, 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us on Zoom as we welcome Julie Kohner from Voices of the Generations, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the memory and personal stories of Holocaust survivors. She is the daughter of Walter and Hanna Kohner both born in Teplitz Schonau, Czechoslovakia.  Her mother survived four concentration camps during the Holocaust.

They reunited after the war, married and moved to California.

Together, they wrote their story in Hanna and Walter, A Love Story. Using the book, artifacts and the episode of This Is Your Life (in which her mother was the first Holocaust survivor to share her story on national television in 1953), this presentation brings to life the story of her parents as survivors and herself as a second generation.

Register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Julie Kohner has been a Jewish educator for over thirty years, with a master’s degree in educational counseling. After Julie’s mother, Hanna, a Holocaust survivor, passed away in 1990, Julie began to create educational programs to honor the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. Her goal was to teach the Holocaust as seen through her mother’s eyes. This was the beginning of Voices of the Generations, a unique and personal approach to Holocaust education.

Julie Kohner has presented Voices of the Generations for the past twenty-six years. Julie’s parents wrote an autobiography, Hanna and Walter, A Love Story, which traces their journey from 1930s pre-war Europe to reuniting after the end of the war. Julie has also traveled extensively throughout Europe to many of the places her parents described in their book, and has conducted interviews with survivors whose experiences paralleled her mother’s story of survival. As a result, Julie has become the voice of her parents, and of the survivors who shared her parents’ story, for future generations.

Voices of the Generations is a non-profit organization and has been presented throughout the United States, as well as Canada, Europe, and Australia. Programs have been sponsored by Jewish Federations and Community Centers, churches, schools, museums and film festivals. Julie Kohner has a published curriculum to accompany Hanna and Walter, A Love Story, preparing educators how to teach the Holocaust. Voices of the Generations is listed by the Los Angeles Unified School District as approved for Holocaust education. Julie accompanied the opening of the installation of a permanent display featuring Hanna Kohner at the Mauthausen Memorial in Austria in 2013. In 2014, she presented at the 44th Annual Scholars Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches.
Voices of the Generations teaches the devastation of the Holocaust through its impact on one family. It is through their only child, Julie, that Hanna and Walter’s story lives on.

 

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