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Greenville Jewish Federation to honor Holocaust Remembrance Day

Updated: Apr 30

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Greenville Jewish Federation will be honoring Holocaust Remembrance Day with two community events this week.

Yom HaShoah, which is known in America as Holocaust Remembrance Day, will occur May 5 and May 6, said Courtney Tessler, CEO of the Greenville Jewish Federation (GJF).

GJF is partnering with the Greenville Jewish Film Festival to show Four Winters - A Story of Jewish Partisan Resistance and Bravery in WWII on Sunday May 5 at 4 p.m. at the Camelot Theatre in Greenville. This movie tells the story of the more than 25,000 Jewish partisans, who fought back against the Nazis and their collaborators from deep within the forests of WWII’s Eastern Europe, Ukraine and Belarus. Against extraordinary odds, they escaped Nazi slaughter, transforming from young innocents to courageous resistance fighters. Shattering the myth of Jewish passivity, these last surviving partisans tell their stories of resistance in Four Winters, revealing a stunning narrative of heroism and resilience. Dianne Vecchio will be introducing the film.

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On Monday, May 6, GJF will be hosting a Zikaron BaSalon, a memory in the living room, which is typically held in a private home where survivors or their children share about their Holocaust experience. This year’s Greenville event, led by GJF and Miki Karni will feature the unique opportunity to hear the inspiring story of Sonia Floch, a Holocaust survivor from Lithuania.  

Separated from her newlywed husband, Sonia survived the cruel Shavl (Siavlia) ghetto and the Stutthof concentration camp, and endured the Death March before the liberation of the camp. The story has a happy ending as Sonia’s daughter, Sarah Lazarus, and Sarah's children, Dr. David Lazarus and Rebecca Mittleman, all Greenville residents, will share. 

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“This is a rare opportunity to hear a survivor's story and its impact on both a second and third generation from right here in our community,” Tessler said.

About the Greenville Jewish Federation: 

The Greenville Jewish Federation is a dynamic organization dedicated to serving and strengthening the Jewish community in Greenville and neighboring counties. With a rich philanthropy and community-building history, the Federation works tirelessly to support educational programs, social services, cultural events, and advocacy efforts that promote Jewish values, heritage, and unity. To learn more about the Greenville Jewish Federation's initiatives and upcoming programs, visit

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