A Tarnopol Survivor's Story and Gift #poland


Mark Halpern
 

In today's News & Observer, a newspaper covering the
Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area of North Carolina, is the interesting
story of Holocaust survivor, Sonja van der Horst, born Chaya Eichenbaum
Teichholz in Tarnopol in 1923 to Naftali Teichholz and Chawa Eichenbaum.
The story can be found online at
http://www.newsobserver.com/105/story/396739.html.

Sonja survived the war as a slave laborer. She has collected reparation
payments >from the German government since the 1960s and she has never
spent any of this money. She and her family recently donated more than
$650,000 to the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill to establish
a professorship in the Jewish Studies program. Sonja/Chaya's gift to UNC
is a fitting memorial in that her slave wages will pay to further
Jewish education for many students for many years to come.

More about Sonja/Chaya, including her testimony to the Spielberg Shoah
Foundation, can be found at http://www.sonjavanderhorst.org/.

Mark Halpern
West Chester, PA

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