The Neuhaus Family

Local Authors Share Unique Family Histories from New Book on the Holocaust

A group of local Westchester County area authors of the recently released book Testaments of Courage in the Holocaust appeared live on Zoom last week to share detailed history of their families’ experiences during WWII under the Nazi regime. Testaments of Courage in the Holocaust is a compilation of true stories told by authors comprised of second-generation Holocaust survivors that describes the courage and resilience of their family members who escaped the Nazis’ final solution.

The Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center (HHREC) hosted and produced the event offered as part of their Memory Keepers Story Hour series. The authors who appeared included Michelle Griffenberg and Gloria Lazar from Tarrytown; Joan Poulin from Somers; Melanie Roher from White Plains; and Helen Rubel from Irvington. The authors of the book are all members of the HHREC GenerationsForward Speakers Bureau, a second and third-generation group that includes children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors who appear at area schools, synagogues, churches, and other community events. HHREC Memory Keepers are trained speakers who tell their family’s story from their next-generation perspective, adding new meaning to the survivors’ powerful stories of witness.

The book is available for sale on Amazon at and is available for teachers to utilize in their classrooms from the HHREC Anna & Nicholas Elefant Library in White Plains.

For more information about HHREC and the GenerationsForward Memory Keepers Speakers Bureau, visit