This year marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps and the end of World War II. Join us here to honor the memory of those who perished during the darkest days of the Jewish people and pay tribute to those who survived to make a better world for us all.
PROGRAM(*subject to change*)
• Opening remarks
• Songs with Lt. Col. Shai Abramson, Chief Cantor of the IDF
• Remarks from FIDF National President Bobby Cohen
• Memorial Ceremony with National Chairman Peter Weintraub and Kaddish with Leon Scheer
• Featured presentation with Holocaust survivor Bronia Brandman
• Words from FIDF National Director and CEO Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir
• Holocaust survivor granddaughter will speak about her experience on the the FIDF mission to Poland and Israel
• Closing performance
Holocaust Survivor Bronia Brandman
In 2017, Holocaust survivor Bronia Brandman, 89, of New York returned to the notorious Auschwitz-Birkenau death camps for the first time since her liberation, accompanied by a delegation of IDF officers and FIDF supporters.
Brandman was born in Jaworzno, Poland, and watched two of her sisters being sent to the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Except for her older brother and cousin, who also live in the United States, her entire family perished in the Holocaust. She has one daughter and two grandchildren in Israel. Brandman, who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., and had vowed never to return to Poland, decided to come to Auschwitz as part of the FIDF “From Holocaust to Independence” Delegation to Poland and Israel for the first time since the Red Army liberated the camps in 1945.
“I came to Auschwitz in 1943 as a child of 12. My parents and four siblings were consigned to the gas chambers. The daily bestiality and dehumanization was beyond words, and the world’s silence was deafening,” said Brandman. “I never wished to return to that place of our degradation and annihilation, but to return in the presence of our noblest, the bravest of the brave – our IDF soldiers, allowed my spirit to soar with pride and hope.”