The Newtown campus of Bucks County Community College hosted a Holocaust Remembrance speakers event on Thursday night, October 5.
The subject matter of the presentation was focused on two men who experienced the Holocaust and presented a slideshow of their experiences.
Folks as young as middle school students sat through and listened to the important stories being told in the Gallagher Room, which is located in the Rollins Center, and then proceeded to engage in a question and answer session from 7 to 9 p.m.
One of the speakers was 85-year old Daniel Goldsmith, who is a Holocaust survivor. He told his story from 1939 to 1945, when he was approximately 8 to 14 years old.
Goldsmith’s youthful demeanor kept the audience engaged.
Goldsmith’s presentation included photos from the 1930’s and 40’s of himself, his family, his schoolyard, his home, and places where he had to hide. He also included some photos of the same sites that were taken again in 1988.
Perhaps the most riveting part of Goldsmith’s speech came when he was describing his first near-encounter with the Nazis after they raided their street in the middle of the night.
“My mother looked out the window and realized what was happening so she quickly grabbed my baby sister Lillian, myself and a blanket”, Goldsmith explained.
“A German soldier came into the house with a flashlight, but did not see us, so we were safe for the time. The miraculous part about it was that my baby sister did not cry or make any noise at all. If she had there is no doubt that we all would have been caught. She slept through the whole thing. I am not overly religious but I believe that was an act of God.”
Allan Silverberg was the other speaker of the night. Silverberg is the Junior Vice Commander Post Officer of the Jewish War Veterans as well as the Program Chairman.
After the Q & A session, there was a moment of silence with every person in attendance holding a lit candle. The time was used for reflection over the events that were shared as well as for prayer.
The program was made possible by a cooperative effort of the members of Patterson Farm Preservation Inc., Fegelson-Young-Feinberg Post 697 of the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A, and of course the college that hosted it as well. Free-will donations were received to support historic preservation.
WBCB’s Ryan Erney contributed to this post.