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Guest Scholar: Manny Mandel

Saturday, November 3, 2018 25 Cheshvan 5779

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Emanuel (Manny) Mandel was an 8-year-old boy who was part of the transport known as “Kasztner’s Train,” which carried 1,676 Hungarian Jewish men, women and children from Budapest and its environs out of immediate danger, and eventually to freedom. This event was one of the most compelling and thought-provoking episodes of the Holocaust. Listen to him speak on Shabbat morning! Mandel and the author of the book, Terry Horowitz, will recount his journey that traveled from Budapest to the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp, and after six months, on to freedom in Switzerland. Along the way, he and his family crossed paths with some of the memorable people we think about when studying the Holocaust: names like Hannah Szenes, Anne Frank and Raoul Wallenberg. Mandel’s, father, Lajos, was a prominent cantor in Budapest and an important figure in Jewish life there. But he was forced to labor hundreds of miles away and didn’t even know his wife and child had left Budapest. Eventually the family was reunited, first in Israel and later in the United States. Imi, now known as Manny, grew to adulthood and spent his childhood at Har Tzeon. He has had a successful and rewarding life, and regularly speaks about the Holocaust.

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