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Stories of Service and Survival

Posted on: Jun 15, 2016

We would like to thank Danny Goldsmith, Bernie Lens, and Allan Silverberg of the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A., Post 697, for sharing their amazing Holocaust survivor stories with our guests and residents. Many in our audience were moved to tears as Danny shared his story of his courageous mother, loving father, and the many “righteous gentiles” who after numerous attempts saved him and his sister’s lives.

Photos of the horrific times of the Holocaust were shown, allowing us for only a moment, to imagine what it may have been like for children like Danny, living in hiding from Nazi soldiers and for young American soldiers, like Bernie, putting their lives on the line to end the war.

We were honored to have Danny and Bernie share their experience. Their experience and story taught them an invaluable lesson they hope to teach others, “hate is not genetic, it is learned.” Danny and Bernie urged the audience to rise against hate, bullying, and any behavior that takes away from the human rights of others.

The event was covered by 6abc news. Click on the link to watch the clip.

Watch the clip on 6ABC of Stories of Service and Survival

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Pictured left to right: Allan Silverberg, Danny Smith, Bernie Lens, and Jan Walters.



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"In my nine years at PPH, I’ve grown to like it very much. At first, I felt like a stranger and then as I began to talk to people, we increasingly became good friends. A way to meet people is to join clubs. I’m now part of the PPH Auxiliary. I love helping with their flea markets because you never know what you can find. Recently, I’ve joined an evening quilting class. I love that I can continue to enjoy my life outside of PPH while experiencing the offers here.…especially the pool! Everything is just so convenient.

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"My mom is sooo happy at PPH, I can’t even describe it in strong enough words. She’s met so many new friends and these ladies do EVERYTHING together! She sees Dad every day in Pathways, but can have her life too. She’s gone to so many activities and I think I’ve already been to Scoops with her at least 15 times. She loves the dining room and Bistro too. My sister, Ilene, and I are so delighted that Mom is happy.......Wow, it feels like Mom’s been there about 2 years—but it’s only 2 months!! That’s how comfortable and natural it feels for her – and for all of us.

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