Today, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, marks the 79th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Last January, Chabad of SLO & Cal Poly presented a truly incredible event with 100-year-old Holocaust survivor Joe Alexander at the PAC to a crowd of 1,200 people.
They have just announced that they will be bringing Holocaust survivor Goldie Jacoby to the PAC in March. Goldie Jacoby, shown above holding the apron her mother made her for her sixth birthday, was just five years old when her family went into hiding in Poland. Jacoby and her 10 family members hid in a tiny pigsty in a barn for nearly three years and were some of the only survivors from their town in Poland. Hear her incredible story of triumph, hope, and courage through one of the darkest times in history.
Behind every Holocaust survivor is an incredible story of determination, struggle, and loss, as well as a journey of the triumph of survival. As data shows rising antisemitism and profound ignorance about the Holocaust, now more than ever, we must listen carefully to the voices of living survivors of the Shoah. We must share their stories widely, and use their testimonies to teach future generations, because those who are ignorant of the past are doomed to repeat it. Hear Goldie Jacoby’s moving story and experiences during one of the darkest times in history.
Goldie Jacoby was born on May 14, 1937. She lived with her parents and brother in Katowice, Poland, which Nazi Germany annexed in September 1939. In 1942 Goldie’s family visited her grandparents in Frishtak, a Polish small town, and found despairing sadness with the Nazis on the march.
At just five years old, Goldie witnessed unforgettable horrors. Running and hiding for survival, a kind-hearted Christian farmer risked hiding her 10 family members in his barn for almost three years until Poland was liberated on January 27, 1945.
*This event is free for Cal Poly students, but a ticket is required for entry.