Ruth Bader, Diane von Furstenberg, Benjamin Netanyahu and Jill Soloway
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I am a member of the third generation, a term that is relatively new and refers to the children of the children of survivors. My mother’s father, Moshe Nemeth, is a Holocaust survivor, and, growing up, my grandfather was a very important part of my life. I was born in Bloomington, Indiana and my family moved (back) to the NYC area when I was not yet kindergarten age. My grandfather was always a short drive away from our home on Staten Island — first in Canarsie (Brooklyn) and then in Bayside (Queens).
“We, the children of the Holocaust, are now the last survivors to commemorate a world that is no more,” ADL Hidden Child Foundation Vice President Rachelle Grossman told the 150 survivors — many who had been hidden children — at the April 15 Yom Hashoah commemoration held at ADL headquarters. “We rejoice and take great pride in the lives and families we’ve rebuilt. But 70 years later we still remember and mourn our murdered grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts, cousins and siblings.” Addressing soon-to-depart ADL National Director Abraham Foxman, Grossman said: “Abe, we’ve always considered you our number one Hidden Child.”