Writing Partners

Our volunteer writing partners are people of different ages, life stages and religious, cultural and education backgrounds. They share the desire to learn more about the Holocaust and support survivors in telling their stories in the manner that was meaningful to them.

Survivor: Judit Simai

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My family and I are very grateful to everyone involved in the creation and realization of Sustaining Memories. This project gave us the precious opportunity to preserve the major events of my mother’s childhood, wartime and postwar experiences, what she called her “short story.” My mother spoke to her family about her experiences from time to time, but without this initiative, and without the guidance and help I received before and during the interviewing, writing and editing process, we would never have been able to produce this brief but very significant memoir. About two years after the completion of her memoir, as my mother’s memory started fading due to dementia, she herself gained much satisfaction from reading or hearing it, as well as looking at the pictures of family that were included. And we, her children, her siblings and all our families, were able to, and will continue to be able to, benefit from this lasting record of her life. My mother passed away in February 2020. It is a comfort to our family that her eyewitness testimony of the Holocaust and the account of her triumphant survival is preserved through her memoir.

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