Anti-Semitic Attitudes by Fanny Starr and Explorer Dastardly Moderator Orchid Jameson Emphasis on the Worldwide Rise in Anti-Semitic Attitudes. Ema (Mother) tells me about our family. The ones I have never met. The ones I will never meet. Nor their children, or grandchildren. There is the fracture, the hole in our lives that I cannot fill. It does not allow us to forget, even when at times, we wish we could perhaps find a way to put the history of our persecution behind us. You see, we are an incomplete puzzle, infinitely aware of the missing pieces, those members of our family that were taken from us by the Holocaust. My Mother bites down upon her lip, as she does when something deeply troubles her. Then she begins to speak. Felicia Granek (Fanny Starr) was born in Lodz, Poland September 23, 1923 to parents Leib and Malka Granek. Her family was leatherworkers by trade, tailors, who had a successful business manufacturing leather apparel. On September 13, 1939, the Germans entered the city of Lodz, Poland. The Jewish population in Lodz at that time was more than 250,000 persons, making it the second largest Jewish Community in Europe. The Germans gave orders to have the Jewish section of the city closed up and no contact with the persons on the outside, and Fanny's family was interned there. My Mother and her family where liquidated from the Lodz Ghetto in June of 1944. Himmler gave the orders and my family was on the last transport to Auschwitz. The transport came one-by-one as the train cars sped towards Auschwitz. Once in the camp selection came, Bubbie (grandmother) and my youngest Uncle Aaron where sent to the gas chambers immediately. My Zadie (grandfather), my sister, my brother and myself where sent to labor. From Auschwitz, my Zadie and uncle went sent to Dachau and where killed immediately. As I sit, hear listening to the story of my mother?s life I tear and try to be strong as she tears and bites her lower lip and inhales deeply. Survival depended on providing a service of value to the captors. Forced slave labor became mandatory and my mom?s first job was sewing buttons, hooks and zippers on thousands of German uniforms. Another job my mom had was removing the valuables hidden in clothing: diamonds, gold, silver, you name it, all the valuables where shipped in crates to Germany. My mom?s oldest sister Rose died in Treblinka Concentration Camp. One day my mom?s family went to work in the factory, they worked in day and Rose worked nights. One day my family came from work and heard from the neighbors, ?A Nazi truck came and went door to door taking people away.? Imagine her terror. Where had they gone? What would happen to them? Fanny Starr, survived the Holocaust, but at the cost of losing a family. Very much alone in the world, without capital or resources, in a land of death of confusion, Fanny Starr had to rebuild. The story of her strength and perseverance, in the face of the direst darkness shines through Fanny as she reflects on her new beginning, finding love and starting a family. Fanny Starr was one of the 1,000, out of 150,000 Jews that survived the Lodz Ghetto. Fanny Starr worked in various factories and did various slave labor jobs to survive and the factory conditions were deplorable. Fanny Starr endured the full six years of hell and living in deplorable conditions. Fanny Starr?s liberation day occurred on April 15, 1945. The British Army liberated Bergen Belsen concentration camp. The concentration camp Bergen Belsen used germ warfare versus gas; the germ Typhus was the weapon used to kill the prisoners. More than 35,000 died because of the epidemic, among the dead where Anne and Margot Frank. Fanny and her belated husband Zesa Starr started lecturing on the Holocaust 30 years ago in Denver, Colorado. Fanny and Zesa Starr lectured as a team nationally and internationally, they fought to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive. Fanny Starr resides in Denver, Colorado and still lectures on the Holocaust at the age of 86. Through the legacy of their recollection, and the brave recollection of others, we find faith that mankind can learn from it's mistakes. Images ? Aerial of Auschwitz Concentration Camp ? Cleaning the Lodz Ghetto ? Fanny Starr?s Home the Lodz, Poland ? General Felix Sparks and Zesa Starr, (General Sparks liberated Dachau Concentration Camp.) ? Heinrich Himmler (Head of the SS,) setting my uncle on fire while alive. ? Hitler Kinder or Youth ? Lodz Ghetto Propaganda, ?Entrance forbidden Juden?s inside.? ? Map of the Final Solution ? Zesa Starr 111835 and Emil Gold 111834, (The image is the cover of a book by Nick DeCalzo and is Explorer?s father and uncle.) ? Dachau April 29, 1945 ? Zesa Starr World Heath Organization Card ? Zesa and Fanny Starr 1967 Thank you for attending today's lecture. For further information, please contact: Explorer.Dastardly@gmail.com Lecturer Moderator ~ Orchid Jameson, thank you, friend, for all your efforts in support of this project... you are one fine Chavura. ~and~ Thank you, ISTE Island and Louise Borgnine for hosting the lecture series. Legal Disclaimer Fanny Starr - Helen R. Starr or Explorer Dastardly, Fanny Starr, Helen R. Starr or Explorer Dastardly, retains and reserves all rights to this intire production including domain names, audio, trade names, trademarks and logos, images, copyrights, Story, and all other intellectual property. We reserve the right to withdraw permission to take legal action. Fanny Starr, Helen R. Starr and Explorer Dastardly _hrs? 2007 - 2009

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