Irving Lubliner to Share His Mother’s Holocaust Memories

Professor Irving Lubliner is the editor of The Only Hope: Stories of Holocaust Survivors. The book is a collection of first-person experiences written by his mother, Felicia Bornstein Lubliner.

On Monday, January 23, 2023, from 3 to 5 p.m., Professor Lubliner will tell his mother’s story in a lecture entitled “Only Hope: Stories of Holocaust Survivors.” This program is offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.

Before the presentation, Professor Lubliner described the basis of the book.

“This is a compilation of stories written by my mother, Felicia Bornstein Lubliner, describing her experiences in the ghettos and concentration camps of Nazi-occupied Poland. When she died in 1974, I inherited these stories, which have been read in many school classrooms over the years Share them here. It was the encouragement I received from students, teachers, and parents that led me to create Felabra Press, publish this book, and bring these stories to a wider audience. By the way, choose “Falabra” The name is in honor of my parents Felicia (nicknamed “Fela”) and Abram, both survivors of Auschwitz. I contributed to the foreword and epilogue of this book. Some people think that because I am The editor of the book, so I had to revise or rewrite my mother’s story, which is not the case. I’m just arguing about how the book is organized, the cover and interior layout, what to include in the appendices, and where to insert myself explanatory comments to make editorial decisions.”

“History books give us information, such as the fact that 6 million Jews lost their lives. I hope that seeing the Holocaust through my mother’s eyes, readers will be reminded that each of these 6 million people should be considered as an individual Individuals who cling to their humanity even when they are treated like animals or taken to their deaths. In the words of Rabbi Dennis Eisner, the book “guide the reader to an A deeper story of the Holocaust that makes us feel human in the inhumane. “

Professor Lubliner explains how the narrator speaks with two voices.

“In a testimony commentary that appears in the book, Rabbi Kenneth Ehrlich mentions that my mother spoke in two voices, with teenagers describing her life in custody and adults reviewing The horrific events of her youth, trying to find meaning. As he writes, “Her voice was the voice of hope. “The narrator speaks in two voices of courage and faith; the courage to bear witness; the trust that someone will listen.”

Professor Lubliner expresses why his mother is considered a symbol of “hope”.

“Even in the worst of times, my mother never lost hope that she would persevere, outlive her kidnappers, and tell others what happened in places like Auschwitz. She was in this hope finds strength in her, and hopes that one day she will be able to start a family and rejoin a world that embodies her father’s teachings on the fundamental goodness of human beings.”

Prof. Lubliner shares the message he plans to convey in his FAU presentation.

“I will trace my mother’s life from her teenage years to adulthood, sharing book excerpts and audio recordings, telling her story in her own words. The impact. It was an emotional experience and sometimes I was in tears when I gave the presentation. However, I would not use the word “difficult” to describe it. It was certainly a labor of love for me and I recognize The importance of honoring my parents and all others who suffered and perished by sharing these stories. Even against the odds, I will be called to this work. I hope that, no matter how much they already know, the attendees will To learn something new about the Holocaust, to experience it through the eyes of a survivor, and to appreciate the short story writing skills my mother mastered.”

Professor Lubliner expressed the importance of remembering mothers’ stories in primary school.

“During the pandemic, I have shared my mother’s story in many classrooms, both in person and online. While I thought she was intended for an adult audience, I felt they would be appropriate for students in grades 7 and up. Last year I visited a Public high school, speaks to all 7th graders one day and returns 2 weeks later to address 8th graders. On the day of my second visit, I was delighted to learn that the 7th graders had borrowed the school library purchased All 12, while others are on the waiting list.”

Professor Lubliner explains why it is important to have an intergenerational discussion about the experience of the Holocaust.

“This is important for all families, not just those affected by the Holocaust. In the mid-1990s, psychologists Marshall Duke and Robyn Fivush found that children who understand the stories of family history are most likely to develop a strong sense of self and inner resilience. In the epilogue to this book and in every speech I give, I call on others to engage in intergenerational conversations. I don’t want them to regret it the way I do , I wish I had the opportunity to ask my parents more questions.”

Concluding the interview, Professor Lubliner spoke about the importance of Holocaust education and awareness.

“Holocaust education was required in the Oregon school where I taught. The story of it all is a testament to the strength of a young man determined to make a difference.” Claire Sarnowski, a 14-year-old non-Jew, recalled When fourth-grade survivor Alter Wiener visited her classroom, realizing that most of her peers knew little or nothing about the Holocaust, she contacted her state senator to appeal He sponsored a bill to make education about the Holocaust and genocide mandatory. The bill, nicknamed the “Clare Act,” was passed into law in 2019.

“In my speech, I presented a hate pyramid from legitimate but harmful practices such as rumor-mongering, stereotyping, and name-calling at the bottom to discrimination and prejudice-driven violence at the higher levels, and total genocide at the top. Some of the more subtle forms of intolerance exist in any school setting, and Holocaust/genocide education provides an opportunity to examine the escalating nature of hate, its presence in a student’s own environment, and the difficulty of stopping hate when it occurs .tolerate.”

Professor Irving Lubliner’s lecture at FAU in Boca Raton will be on Monday, January 23, 2023 from 3-5pm. For more information, visit