Introduced by Julie Kohner,
daughter of Holocaust survivor Hanna Bloch Kohner
The TV series This Is Your Life, hosted by Ralph Edwards, paid tribute to notable people and aired on NBC from 1952 to 1961. Not only movie and television stars received the This Is Your Life treatment—war heroes, country doctors, educators, religious leaders, humanitarians, and ordinary people also found themselves the subjects of biographical journeys featuring reunions with long-lost friends and relatives. Among those “regular” people were three courageous women, all survivors of the Holocaust, the horrors of which were still fresh at the time. This program features those episodes:
Hanna Bloch Kohner (May 27, 1953) The first Holocaust survivor to share her story on national television, she survived Auschwitz as a young woman and was reunited with her pre-war fiancé.
Ilse Stanley (November 2, 1955) Before her forced exit from Germany, actress Ilse Stanley effected the release of more than 400 people from Nazi concentration camps.
Sara Veffer (March 19, 1961) The Dutch housewife spent 18 months hiding in a 12-foot-square Amsterdam attic with her husband and six children.
About the Featured Guest
Julie Kohner, daughter of Holocaust survivor Hanna Bloch Kohner, is founder and CEO of Voices of the Generations, Inc. She has taught in public, private, and Jewish religious schools in Los Angeles for 30 years. In 1990, after the passing of her mother, she became compelled to share her mother’s story in the hope that others could learn from the inspiring example of love overcoming hardship, racism, depravation, and the pain of war. Julie Kohner's own story of growing up as the child of a Holocaust survivor has motivated other survivors' children to share their stories, too. Her programs aim to encourage people of all ages, especially young adults, to look at adversity and the world around them in new ways.
Community sponsor: Holocaust Museum Houston