Saturday, September 23, 6 p.m.
free to attend; walk-in seating
Talk by special guest speaker Erika Gold in 13th Street Theatre at 6 p.m. prior to that evening’s performance of “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Erika Gold is a Holocaust survivor, and we’re honored to have her visit and share her story. There is no cost to attend; seating is walk-in only. The event will also be available to watch online on Monday, September 25. We thank the Maltz Museum for partnering with us to bring Ms. Gold’s story to our community.
Erika Gold was born in Budapest, Hungary, six months before Adolf Hitler rose to power. Luckily, she and her mother narrowly escaped encampment by living with her family’s housekeeper for a period of time. A Holocaust survivor, she has shared her story with thousands of students, personalizing a childhood under Nazi rule and cautioning younger generations against the dangers of discrimination, intolerance, and hate. She wishes “more people had taken action rather than being bystanders,” a message she conveys to the countless individuals she shares her story with. She has been featured by Ideastream, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland.com, Cleveland Jewish News, and is in the Maltz Museum’s special traveling exhibition “Operation Finale: The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann.” She is also an extremely active community volunteer. She is on the Jewish Family Service Association’s volunteer advisers committee as well as their reparations committee, which allocates funds to Holocaust survivors in need. Annually, she helps plan and execute Cleveland’s Yom Hashoah commemoration in which the community comes together to memorialize the tragedy of the Holocaust and remember those who lost their lives. She often speaks at Congregation Shaarey Tikvah’s Face to Face program, which brings students from across Northeast Ohio to the Synagogue to learn about the Holocaust, and come face to face with a survivor.