The FHM highlights the individual stories of 25 Holocaust Survivors
October 25, 2017 [St. Petersburg, FL] – The Florida Holocaust Museum (The FHM) has partnered with Eckerd College to release a 25th Anniversary oral history series titled “25 Survivors, 25 Stories… Celebrating 25 Years!”
Over the next 25 months, the Museum’s oral history series will feature a different Holocaust Survivor on the 25th of every month. Each Survivor brings to the series an individual voice that enlivens our understanding of the Holocaust; the war’s effects on individuals, families, and communities dispersed across the world; and its reverberations into the present moment.
The eighth story was released this morning and features Holocaust Survivor Paul Temmer. An excerpt from the piece is as follows:
Born in 1936 in Budapest, Hungary, Paul Temmer and his younger brother were raised by their grandparents on the Buda side of Budapest in a three-story apartment building. Paul’s childhood quickly began to change at the beginning of the Second World War. When he was in second grade, Paul recalled, they were forced to move to a one-bedroom apartment across the Danube River, on the Pest side of the city.
“I thought there would be maybe just a few people, but before we knew, suddenly we had ninety-eight people in the apartment. I remember that it was so crowded that we had to stay in the maid’s room, just behind the kitchen, and it was so crowded that people had to take turns to go to sleep, because there wasn’t enough space for people to lay down.”
Food was so scarce that his grandparents had to send Paul and his brother to a children’s shelter that promised to feed them. Paul and his brother were among approximately 250 children in what Paul described as a kind of “camp.” But after a day, Paul was unhappy there and made the brash decision to escape with his brother through a gap in the fence that enclosed the camp…
To read Paul’s story in its entirety, please visit:
Upcoming 25th Anniversary Programs and Events
In the coming months, The FHM will present numerous 25th Anniversary celebratory programs, events, and exhibitions, along with its daily educational and outreach efforts.
To learn more about The FHM’s upcoming 25th Anniversary events and exhibitions, visit the Museum online at www.TheFHM.org/25th.
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
Paul Temmer in 2017.
Photo credit: Eckerd College.