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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 26, 2018 The Holocaust Memo- rial Resource and Educa- tion Center commemorated the International Holocaust Remembrance Day with the first part of a two-part series on Jan. 21 with a discussion of "Defiance" by Nechama Tec, which centers on the experience of the Bielski par- tisan group and their leader, Tuvia Bielski. The film of the same name was viewed prior to the book discussion, which was led by Dr. Susan A. Bach whose father, Joe Abrams (Jo- sefAbramowicz) and mother, Esther Greenberg (Grinberg) Abrams, were also mem- bers of the Bielski Partisan group. The following is an article that Bach wrote about her own experience of growing up with parents who fought with the partisans. The book club and film dis- cussion are part of a two-part series held to commemorate International Holocaust Re- membrance Day. The second part of the series to commem- orate International Holocaust Remembrance Day will be "An afternoon with Mickey Bielski, son of Tuvia Bielski." This special presentation will be held on Jan. 28, 2 p.m. at the Holocaust Center. The power of remem- brance By Susan A. Bach The power of remembrance brings me memories of the sacrifices my parents made during the invasion of Poland, the planned annihilation of the Jews, and the struggles they endured as immigrants to America. I remember clearly my father's pride in becoming a naturalized citi- zen and that his children and grandchildren were a testa- ment that the Nazi's failed in their endeavor. To my parents it was a privilege to be able to raise a family and educate their children to remember the past in order to contribute to a better world. My parents strived to live a normal life in American: working, raising a family, paying taxes and voting. They lived as Americans, yet in their memories, hearts and minds, their war experiences left its mark. This explains their extreme over protectiveness, fear of scarcity and disquiet in abundance. This is the world in which my brother and I were raised. My father escaped from a ghetto to join the Bielski partisans in the forest in Po- land. This partisan group is depicted in the 2008 movie "Defiance," based on the book by the same name. Life in the ghetto was harsh and danger- ous. Life in the forest was also harsh and dangerous, yet it allowed for hope of survival because the Bielski's mission was to save Jews regardless of age, gender, ability to fight or social class. My mother was hidden by Righteous Gentiles. She "lived" in a hole dug under the floor of a barn and subsisted on raw potato peels and oc- casionally stale bread. When the farmers could no longer offer protection because of the risk to their lives, she found her way to the Bielski's. After the war, my parents made their way to Italy where I was born in a Displaced Per- son's Camp. Lifewas still hard, but it was safe and allowed for hope. We immigrated to AmexLca-in 'ffe age on a converted cargo ship, which docked in New York harbor on Nov. 21, 1949. Little wonder thatThanksgivingwas always my father's favorite holiday. When I looked around our Thanksgiving table in those The Bielski partisan group. early years, there was only are blessed with children and resourcefulness, of suffering immediate family since nearly grandchildren.I nowseewhat and loss. Those stories were all perished in the Holocaust. I missed as I enjoy family and captivating. I often wondered As a child I wondered what grandchildren! if I would have had the will to my grandparents looked like, When my sonwas in middle fight and survive. I still have how they might have played school and started asking that question. with me and what I might his grandparents questions Now when I read and hear have learned from their abouttheirbackground, itwas about genocide, despite the wisdom. I never had answers evident that their memories Shoah's haunting testament to those questions. Today at did not fade with time. They of "Never Again," how can I our Thanksgiving table we told stories of bravery and not remember? Celebrate Shabbat with the Synagogue that feels like fam- ily. Shabbat evening service led by Rabbi Karen Allen is on Friday, Feb. 9th at 7 p.m. An Oneg Shabbat will follow the service. The synagogue is located at 315 North 13th St. in Leesburg, with the entrance on Center Street. The Rabbi's Torah Round- table Discussion Group with Rabbi Karen Allen of Congre- gation Beth Sholom, will be held on Thursday, Feb. 15th at 11 a.m. in the conference room inside the library at the Sumter County Administra- tion and Library Building (with the golden dome) at 7375 Powell Rd. (near Pinellas Plaza and 466A), Wildwood. The Rabbi's Roundtable series explores the current Torah Portion and how it affects our daily lives. The roundtable provides aunique opportunity to talk with the rabbi as she leads an informal and interac- tive Torah study discussion. More information is avail- able on the synagogue website: or by calling the synagogue at 352-326-3692. BUY The once a year citrus sensation! Sweet as honey, incredibly juicy, fiery orange and shaped like a bell. Rare Hale Honeybells are available in limited quantifies for one month only. You'll receive 24 snack size Hale HoneybeUs. 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Learn about Sharsheret, the only national organi- zation supporting Jewish women and families facing breast and ovarian cancer, and its partnership with Women's League. Attendees can also be artistic as they create their own works from artist Gary Rosenthal's Glass Ribbon Project collection (no artis- tic ability needed). Finished sculptures can be purchased for a discounted price, mak- ing each participant part of the cure. As part of Ohev Sister- hood's and Florida Region's Mitzvah Project--Support the Girls,www.isupportthe- may also bring new or gently used bras and/or feminine hygiene products that will be donated to local women's shelters. A portion of the profits from these pieces are donated to help find a cure for breast and ovarian cancer. An example of a sculpture that can be made at the Learn and Create for a Cure event. 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