Stories of Triumph

"I'm here today because they survived"

Did you know there are 40,000 Holocaust survivors living in New York? And yet, so many New Yorkers have never met a survivor or heard their inspirational story.

We've asked grandchildren of survivors to share their grandparents' Story of Triumph so all New Yorkers can bear witness to Holocaust survivors' stories of resilience and strength.

"The Holocaust claimed the lives of half of my grandmothers brothers and sisters, her homeland, and her culture. She fled Hungary as a teenager – alone – and embarked on a new life on the shores of Ellis Island."

"Realizing they had to get out of Germany early on, both of their mothers applied for entry to the US. Their foresight was lifesaving."

"At every family gathering spent with my grandmother, my cousins and I would look at her and say 'Grandma, if it weren't for you, none of us would be here right now'."

"In the summer of 1941, my grandmother was 14 years old and together with her sister and parents, they fled their home in Moldova."

"They came with no money and no language skills, but what they did know how to do was to work hard, which is what they did. And they had to survive again."