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Apr 22, 2019
| UPDATED: April 22, 2019 at 12:42 pm Betty Cohen, 97, a survivor of the Birkenau-Auschwitz concentration camp, recalls in an oral history interview walking down a ramp from a cattle car and being ordered into showers with a group of other women. Cohen already knew of the atrocities taking place in the Nazi camp and didn’t know whether the showers would dispense water or lethal gas. Betty Cohen is photographed while sharing stories of her experience as a Holocaust survivor. She will be participating in Cypress College’s Yom HaShoah event. (Courtesy of Clifford Lestor) Lou Fogelman, seen her in a portrait taken by Clifford Lestor for his Holocaust survivors project, will be participating in in Cypress College’s Yom HaShoah event. (Courtesy of Clifford Lestor) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Candles are lit during Cypress College’s 2018 Yom HaShoah in memory of 6 million Jews who were killed during the Holocaust. (Courtesy of Cristina Gutierrez) Show Caption Her life was spared, but the unmistakable odor of Auschwitz prisoners being gassed and burned is emblazoned in her memory. Cohen has shared her story publicly numerous times, and will do so again at the fourth annual Yom HaShoah event on Wednesday, April 24, in the Campus Theater at Cypress College. Observed annually around the world since 1951, Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, is marked by a variety of ceremonies as a way to remember the 6 million Jews who were killed during the Holocaust. The Cypress College remembrance, which has drawn more than 1,000 people to past events, will be staged in a Q&A format for the first time this year. Asking Cohen and her nephew Lou Fogelman, 77, another Holocaust survivor, about their experiences will be retired Cypress College photographer Clifford Lester. In previous year survivors have spoken from a podium. The son of Holocaust survivors, Lester has devoted more than a decade to taking portraits of survivors, recording their stories as he works. Dozens of the portraits make up a permanent display at Cypress College. Lester collaborated with schools administrators and the Cypress College Diversity Committee to organize the first Yom HaShoah event at Cypress in 2016. Lester’s striking portraits will appear in a streaming slideshow in the Cypress College theater prior to the start of Yom HaShoah. Other Holocaust survivors and World War II veterans who participated in the liberation of the concentration camps will likely be in attendance. Survivors will be on hand for meet-and-greets after the remembrance ceremony. Soloist Terra Hurdle, a Cypress music instructor, will perform melodies from the Holocaust, along with her choir. “Survivors … that is why they speak,” Lester said. “It’s not just about, ‘This should not happen to Jews. This should not happen to anybody.’ That is why it is so embraced by the community.”
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