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2024 Yom Hashoah Observance Program

May 5 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Sunday, May 5, 2024
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Beth Jacob Congregation
7020 North Main Street
Dayton, OH 45415

One Person Can Make A Difference: Righteous Among Nations
3:00 p.m.: Max and Lydia May Memorial Holocaust Art and Writing Contest work on display.
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.: Teen interactive discussion (details to come)
4:00 p.m.: PJ Library and PJ Our Way Program. Story, craft, and snack (more details to come).
4:00 p.m.: Community program; presentation of contest winners. 

Our guest speaker for the community program is Marilou Brewster. Marilou’s mother was born in Bonn, Germany. She married a Dutch citizen, Johannes. They were living in Amsterdam when the war broke out. They were not Jewish. He made false documents to save Jews. He was arrested by the Nazis only days after Margarethe gave birth to Marilou. Margarethe went to the German headquarters hundreds of times to get information about her husband which eventually helped in his release.

Interned at the satellite camp near Sachsenhausen, Johannes was allowed to “work” in Berlin as a volunteer-digging out live bombs that had fallen on the capital. “His pay was coming away from it alive,” his daughter says. The Feenstras were reunited when Marilou was only a year old. They later came to the United States. After the war, Johannes had a difficult adjustment to normal life and worried about his friends’ survival. The Feenstras lived in the Dayton area. Marilou was a German teacher at Centerville High School from 1983-1997. She also was a docent at the Museum of the United States Air Force.

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