BY STEPHEN E. LIPKEN
Picture House Regional Film Center presented a special screening of a Holocaust documentary, “Destination Unknown,” on Sunday, January 14, followed by a panel discussion conducted by Dorothy Regan featuring Holocaust survivor Dr. Jack Terry and Bonnie Glogover, activist and daughter of Holocaust survivor Stanley Glogover.
The rapt, attentive audience of approximately 156 people often fell silent, stunned by what they saw and heard. The film began with the narration of Ed Mosberg from Krakow, the only survivor of his family. Wearing his prison uniform, Mosberg cracked a large whip, saying that he was beaten with it by sadistic prison guards. “I feel the pain every single day,” Mosberg bitterly noted.
However, the movie touched on some optimistic notes, including partisan fighting along side of Russian paratroopers and being included on Oskar Schindler’s list, spared to work in factories.
When the motion picture ended, a conversation on the Picture House stage ensued with Bonnie Glogover; Dorothy Regan and Terry who was liberated at the age of 15 from Flossenburg by an American GI, taken to America and raised by the Terry family, whose name he adopted. Terry recalled seeing a pile of bodies; on the bottom was a “musselman,” “walking dead” who was still alive but possessing a small piece of bread that everyone wanted.
“How could one take a piece of bread from a dying person,” Terry wondered. This inspired Terry to enroll in medical school. A retired psychiatrist, Terry often treated Holocaust survivors but never let them know that he was a survivor himself. “I didn’t want the concentration camp to be the sole problem. I wanted to hear what the patients had to say in their own experience…”
Glogover told how her father Stanley was humbled and inspired to stay alive through the startling acts of grace he often witnessed in the camp. “He told me how prisoners who, despite their hunger, shared every crumb with others, their frayed blankets and cups of polluted water…His subsequent achievements in business and in creating a new family is a testimony to his iron determination that tragedy would not take him down.”
Glogover successfully lobbied the House of Representatives to establish National Holocaust Remembrance Day, marked each spring.