Noemi B.

Survivor of Auschwitz and Buchenwald
Holocaust Education Symposium 2001 "I WILL NOT BE SILENT IN THE FACE OF INTOLERANCE"

My name is Noemi B. I was born in 1922 in Szeged, Hungary. After my graduation from High School in 1940, Europe was already at war. In 1944 I was taken to Auschwitz Concentration Camp, and later to Buchenwald, Germany. After liberation I returned to Budapest, Hungary. In 1945 I was married to Earnest B.; we had two sons. I have 5 Grandchildren.

Since my education was interrupted by the war, after my boys were in Kindergarden, I enrolled in a Teacher Training College in Budapest. I got my degree in Literature and History. My husband also was a teacher. In 1956, during the Hungarian uprising against the Communist Government, we escaped to Austria and a month later we received permission to come to the United States. We settled down in St. Louis, Mo. Here, after learning English, I enrolled at the University of Missouri at St. Louis where I received BA in Education, and also a Life-Certificate to teach in grades K-12. I have been teaching 6th grade for 16 years. In 1980 I became Teacher of the Year of my district, and in 1982 I was selected as a first "Runner Up" of the State competition. After the 1981-82 school year, we moved to Bellingham, Washington. My husband passed away in 1994.

About 15 years ago, I became active in lecturing about my experiences in the Holocaust to Civic and Church groups, and visited schools teaching students from grades 5 to College level about the "Lessons of the Holocaust". In 1997 I became one of the winners of the State-wide competition for the Golden Apple Award, given for "excellence in Education." In 1998 I received from the Washington State Retired Association the "Outreach Award" for teaching the "Lessons of the Holocaust". In 1999, I was the Commencement Speaker at Gonzaga University at Spokane, Washington. I spoke to the Law- and Graduate students. There I received an Honorary Doctorate of Law; here again I spoke about the Lessons of the Holocaust. In 1999 the local Red Cross awarded me with a "Real Hero" award for education, for my work in Bellingham Schools.


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Victoria Holocaust Remembrance and Education Society