On April 7, 1944, the date that Rudolf Vrba and Alfred Wetzler escaped from Auschwitz, fourteen-year-old Rachel Genuth was sitting around the Passover Seder table with nine members of her family. Less than six weeks later—after Vrba and Wetzler had managed to warn Jewish leaders about SS preparations for the impending mass murder of Hungarian Jews—Rachel and her family were deported from Sighet, Transylvania, to the death camp.
In this program, Robin Vrba, Vrba’s widow, and Bernice Lerner, Genuth’s daughter, will share insights into Vrba and Wetzler’s valiant efforts and how their unheeded warning resulted in the murder of more than 424,000 Jews from the Hungarian provinces, including Rachel’s parents, siblings, and grandmother.
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Dr. Bernice Lerner, author of All the Horrors of War: A Jewish Girl, a British Doctor, and the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen, is the former dean of adult learning at Hebrew College and a senior scholar at Boston University’s Center for Character and Social Responsibility. Her book is available at any place that sells books. To save 30%, use the code HTWN here.
Robin Vrba met Rudi in Boston, MA, in 1974 when he was on a two-year sabbatical working at Harvard Medical School as a research scientist. After marrying, they moved to Vancouver where Rudi resumed his academic role at the University of British Columbia and Robin established a business in Real Estate. They were married for 31 years when Rudi passed away, after which, Robin relocated to New York City. She is the sister-in-law of BAS congregant, Laura Solomon. Rudi’s book about his escape from Auschwitz, I Escaped from Auschwitz, is available on Amazon