Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Memorial Services and Yizkor led by Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier
Speaker: Jack Pariser will speak on “From A Nine Year Old Sub-person To A Prelude Genocide Activist
Holocaust survivor, educator and scientist, Jack Pariser, will speak on
“From A 9-Year Old Sub-Person to A Preclude Genocide Activist”
Jack Pariser was born in 1929 in Poland, south of Krakow. When the Nazis began terrorizing Jews in 1939, his grandfathers were beaten to death for refusing to walk on the Torah. In early August 1942, Mr. Pariser’s mother learned that the Germans were planning to murder the town's Jews the next day, and the family fled, hiding for months in the forest. They were rescued by a Christian who had worked for Mr. Pariser’s father and were hidden in a bunker under a woodshed floor. When they eventually moved to another hiding place they were betrayed and arrested by Polish police. They escaped from jail by cutting through a wall with a pen knife and were again protected by non-Jews until the war ended in 1945. The family moved to the United States in 1949, and Mr. Pariser went on to become chief scientist at Hughes Aircraft, from where he retired in 1987. He has supervised the collection of over 150 Holocaust victims’ video interviews.