NEW YORK CITY, NY — For the first time, the Consulate General of Israel in New York hosted aYom Hashoah on the evening of Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel on Wednesday, and invited a Holocaust survivor from Garden City to speak.
In English, Zikaron BaSalon roughly means “memory in the living room,” and is the name of the growing practice of hosting survivors in private homes to tell their stories.
Israeli Ambassador Asaf Zamir welcomed Holocaust survivor Renée Kann Silver, 91, of Garden City, to the consulate’s first Zikaron BaSalon. The program included an hour-long discussion, where Silver addressed a small, intimate crowd of friends, journalists, influencers and elected officials.
“The last [Anti-Defamation League] The report not only points to an increase in anti-Semitic attacks in New York and across the country,” Zamir said. “It also shows an appallingly large number of Americans who know little or nothing about the Holocaust. There are even a frightening number of people who actually believe that the Jews were responsible for the Holocaust.”
Silver, a Holocaust survivor born in the German state of Saarland in 1931, recalled her experiences living as a Jewish child in the culture of German Nazism and French patriotism. Eventually, her family was deported to the Gurs concentration camp in southern France, where her mother made the decision to send Silver and her sister into hiding in the Protestant community of Le Chambon. She also described reuniting her family and fleeing to Switzerland. The money was introduced to the consulate by the Nassau County Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center.
Emmy Award-winning producer and columnist Daniella Greenbaum Davis hosted the event.