In recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Higgins Pays Tribute to Western New York Holocaust Survivors
On January 27, 1945 the concentration camps at Auschwitz, Birkenau and Monowitz were liberated. Each year the date is recognized by the United Nations as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a time to remember the victims and educate people about the horrors of genocide. In advance of the anniversary, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), in remarks on the Floor of the House of Representatives, recognized a Western New Yorke couple who survived the Holocaust.
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“Mr. Speaker: I recently met an extraordinary American by the name of Gertrude Sloan. Today I rise to share her story and that of her late-husband Sol, both Holocaust survivors.
“Sol and Gertrude were born in Romania into Jewish families and both were taken by the Nazi regime and held in a camp at Auschwitz.
“In an oral history, Sol tells the horrors of the concentration camps – starvation, beatings and family separations with lethal endings.
“Of the 1.3 million people taken to Auschwitz, an estimated 1.1 million were killed. Sol and Gertrude made it out alive.
“They met at a displaced persons camp and were later sponsored by relatives to come to America. In 1955 they opened Sloan’s Antiques on Buffalo’s East Side, which continues to be operated by their son Max today.
“I share the Sloans’ story as we prepare to recognize International Holocaust Remembrance Day. May it be a reminder of the unspeakable grief of the Holocaust and of the inspirational stories of those who survived.”
Congressman Higgins had the opportunity to meet Gertrude Sloan, a great friend to local veterans, at the annual Military Order of the Purple Heart dinner.
Gertrude is listed on the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database maintained by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. An interview with Sol, conducted by the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo, is also available through the national museum’s website.