Alan Moskin was born in Englewood, New Jersey. He was drafted into the military service at the age of 18 and served in the United States Army during World War II from September 1944 until August 1946. He was a member of the 66th Infantry, 71st Division, part of General George Patton’s 3rd Army. Alan’s outfit fought in combat through France, Germany and Austria during which time he was promoted in rank from Private to Staff Sergeant. At the beginning of May, 1945, his Company participated in the liberation of the Gunskirchen Concentration Camp, a sub-camp of Mauthausen. After the war ended, Alan remained in Europe until June, 1946 as a member of the U.S. Army of Occupation.
Dr. Alexander Levy was born in Berlin in 1936. He escaped with his mother to Belgium in November of that year. Alex was hidden in a Catholic girls' orphanage during the war. He was reunited with his mother after the war and came to America in 1949.
Trudy AlbumTrudy Album, born in 1929 in Czechoslovakia, was first sent to a ghetto with her family when the Nazis invaded her hometown. Later, the family was shipped to a concentration camp, where her mother and two younger sisters were sent to their deaths. Trudy was sent to work camps and was eventually liberated by the American Army.
After learning that her father had also died during the war, Album made her way to the United States and started a new life. Now a resident of Suffern, she shares her Holocaust survival story with young people and adults throughout the region.
Hanna Wechsler was born in a small town in Poland in 1936. Her parents were wealthy,
and her early childhood was happy and carefree, until 1939 when Hitler invaded Poland and Hanna and
her parents went into hiding in the cellar of a barn. They were cared for by Polish farmers until they
were deported to the Krakow ghetto. Using false papers, the family escaped to Hungary, living safely
until the Germans occupied Hungary in March 1944. The family was captured, interrogated and tortured.
Hanna and her mother were packed in to a cattle car and sent to Auschwitz where they witnessed terrible
abuse, starvation, disease and death. There were few children in Auschwitz and it became Hanna’s mother’s
mission to shelter and hide her. Hanna’s survival is largely due to her mother’s bravery and selflessness.
Hanna along with her mother survived Auschwitz and while back in Krakow they were reunited with Hanna’s father who had been released from Dachau.
Hanna met her husband in 1959 and was married in 1962. They have two daughters and Hanna has two grandchildren. Hanna has dedicated the last 45 years to educating youth about the horrors of the Holocaust. Her message – in the face of adversity, one can overcome and prevail.
Paul Galan is an award winning producer and director of documentary films and other
types of programs and events. A Holocaust survivor and public speaker, Mr. Galan is dedicated to educating
broad audiences, especially students in middle and secondary schools by sharing his story of survival during
the Holocaust. He believes that young people by hearing firsthand accounts of that human tragedy, might be
moved towards a better understanding and be motivated toward becoming responsible citizens and making
all efforts toward assuring a better and safer world for themselves and future generations.
Personal interests include listening to and understanding classical music, avid reader of history, especially of 19th and 20th Century history and maintaining a deeper understanding of current global and American political history.
Sonia Goldstein was born in Vilna, Poland in 1926 into a quiet, well to do family.
In 1939 when war broke out, due to a non-aggression pact between Germany and Russia, Vilna was quickly controlled by the Russians. They in turn, passed Vilna over to Lithuania and the city was renamed Vilnius.
In 1941, Vilnius was occupied by the Nazis and changes to everyday life took effect immediately. Stores and schools were closed and the Jewish people were forced to wear the yellow Star of David on their clothing.
Sonia and her family lived in the Vilnius Ghetto and were then transferred to the Nazi concentration camp, Stutthof, in occupied Poland. Sonia was sent on a death march for three weeks before being liberated by the Russian Army.