April 14th at 7:30 PM
Community Yom HaShoah Service
Cedar Rapids, IA
Rachel Goldman Miller spent much of her childhood in constant fear. As one of countless “hidden children” of the Holocaust, Miller had to conceal her identity from friends, neighbors and the authorities. Though she survived, her mother, father and three siblings did not. To honor their memory, and the memory of the more than six million innocent people who died in the Nazi concentration camps, Rachel Miller continues to tell her story.
The Thaler Holocaust Memorial Fund is proud to be hosting the 2019 Yom HaShoah guest speaker, Rachel Goldman Miller, April 14-16.
Rachel’s family fled Poland for France years before the Nazi invasion. In fact, Rachel was born in 1933 in Paris, and her family lived a relatively normal existence until the Nazis invaded France in 1940. That’s when her life changed radically.
Despite the family’s attempts to live a normal life, Rachel’s mother insisted that Rachel not tell anyone she was Jewish. And in an even more drastic effort to hide her identity, her mother sent Rachel to live with a Catholic family on a farm in the country and changed her name to “Christine.”
The German SS and French authorities eventually took her father into custody, and he later died, the victim of German medical experiments. She lost her mother, two brothers, and a sister.
Although she had always known her family had perished during the war, it wasn’t until 2001 that she learned they had all died at the Auschwitz concentration camp.
Miller emigrated to the United States in 1946, and eventually married and raised a family. She now lives in the St. Louis metro area, and regularly speaks about her experiences.
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