Holocaust Survivors John and Toni Rinde to throw out the first pitch
May 22, 2017 [St. Petersburg, FL] — The Florida Holocaust Museum (The FHM) and the Tampa Bay Rays invite the community to come to Tropicana Field in support of The FHM on Thursday, July 6 at 7:10 p.m. when the Rays take on the Boston Red Sox! For just $25 ($36 value), your ticket includes a discounted seat in the lower level and $5 from each ticket donated back to The Florida Holocaust Museum.
The FHM will be recognized preceding the game with a check presentation on the field, video showcase, and community corner. In addition, Holocaust Survivors John and Toni Rinde will throw out the first pitch!
John Rinde was four years old when the war began and initially lived under Stalin domination in Lvov. In 1941 when the war between Russia and Germany started, he was herded into the Lvov ghetto. He escaped from the ghetto and moved to Lublin, surviving the war by using an assumed name and masquerading as a Catholic.
Toni Rinde was born to Jewish parents and hidden by a Polish family when she was 16 months old. The family named her Marisha, provided her with false papers, and raised her as a Catholic from 1941-1944. When World War II ended, she was reunited with her parents.
The Rindes met in New York in 1957 and have resided in the Tampa Bay area for many years. They have two children and three grandchildren, one of whom is a pitcher for Emory University’s softball team.
The FHM’s “Rays Up Night” will take place on Thursday, July 6th at 7:10 p.m. at Tropicana Field. For additional information or to place your ticket order, please call 727.820.0100 ext. 301. Tickets are limited.
The Florida Holocaust Museum is located at 55 5th Street S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
About The Florida Holocaust Museum
2017 marks a monumental milestone for The Florida Holocaust Museum (The FHM) as the Museum celebrates its 25th Anniversary. One of the largest Holocaust museums in the country, and one of three nationally accredited Holocaust museums, The FHM honors the memory of millions of men, women and children who suffered of died in the Holocaust. The FHM is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides. For additional information, please visit www.TheFHM.org.
Photos and credits
Holocaust Survivors Toni and John Rinde at The Florida Holocaust Museum in 2015.
Photo credit: The Florida Holocaust Museum
Toni Rinde with the cat of her rescuers during the Holocaust in Poland.
Photo credit: The Florida Holocaust Museum, courtesy of Toni Rinde.
Pre-war photograph of John Rinde taken between 1936-1939.
Photo credit: The Florida Holocaust Museum, courtesy of John Rinde.
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