Federation in the news: Western Mass News 1/26/24

Holocaust survivor discusses importance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day

AMHERST, MA (WGGB/WSHM) – Saturday is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year’s observance comes in the midst of the deadly war with Israel and Hamas. January 27 may be like any other day on the calendar, but for many, like Amherst resident and Holocaust survivor Henny Lewin, it is more than that.

“My two uncles, aunt, two young cousins, grandparents…the whole family perished,” Lewin said.

Lewin’s parents and one of her cousins miraculously survived, while Lewin was put in a suitcase and smuggled out of a ghetto in Lithunia.