On November 9, 1938 (Kristallnacht), at the age of 14, Walter Loebenberg arrived at the Frankfurt bakery at which he was apprenticed, only to find it ransacked. He was later arrested, taken to the town square and forced to stand in line all day watching other Jewish men taken away truck by truck to concentration camps. When his age was revealed, he was released, only to be chased through the streets by a mob of angry women. Walter’s family finally escaped the horrors taking place across Europe and arrived at Ellis Island on his 15th birthday.
75 years later, The Florida Holocaust Museum invites the community to celebrate Museum Founder Walter Loebenberg’s 90th Birthday with him on Sunday, May 18 from 2-4pm. The celebration is open and free to the public but an RSVP is requested. To read more about his journey, visit our Facebook event page.
Please RSVP by May 12 to (727) 820-0100 ext. 242
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“This is truly a milestone celebration for a humble and amazing man,” said Marilyn Kleinman. “We hope the community will join us to make it a memorable day for Walter by joining us at the Museum that he founded, and which holds such a special place in his heart.”
“Walter often says that he has everything that he needs,” said Bruce Epstein. “The only present he is requesting is to help keep his legacy alive by making a donation to the Florida Holocaust Museum.”
Community members unable to attend on May 18 are welcome to send a birthday card to Walter c/o:
The Florida Holocaust Museum
Walter’s 90th Birthday Celebration
55 Fifth Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Or put a candle on Walter’s cake at www.flholocaustmuseum.org
Who: You’re invited!
What: 90th Birthday Celebration for Museum Founder Walter Loebenberg
When: Sunday, May 18th at 2:00pm
Where: Florida Holocaust Museum | 55 Fifth Street S, St. Pete, FL
Admission: FREE and open to the public