Now Available: YouTube Recording of Holocaust Survivors Sharing Their Stories of Suffering and Liberation with RHS Students in April 29 Assembly Program

An important assembly program was presented at Rhinebeck High School on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. in the District auditorium. Three Holocaust survivors, Michael Silberstein, Tibor Spitz, and Bruria Falik were invited to speak the RHS students and staff about their experiences before, during, and following the Holocaust.  Their stories of suffering and survival speak for themselves.


With an introduction by 10th grade English teacher Mrs. Maureen Cunningham, the recording of the entire assembly program is available via YouTube at the following link:


Thank you to Mr. Ed Lackaye and the RHS AV Club for recording, producing, and posting this important video artifact.


Background information on the distinguished presenters are as follows:


Michael Silberstein - Mr. Silberstein was born in Poland in 1930. During the war, he lived in the Lodz

Ghetto, Auschwitz, and the Mauthausen concentration camp. He was liberated in 1945 by

American forces. By the time he was only 15, he had seen more pain than most do in a

lifetime. He went on to join the US army that had saved his life.


Tibor Spitz - Mr. Spitz was born in Slovakia in 1929. From the age of 10, he suffered the slow and

systematic persecution of a government which no longer recognized his rights as a human.

His deportation to a camp was postponed due to his parents’ position in the community, likely

saving his life. As a fourteen year old, he escaped the authorities before his deportation,

hiding underground in the forest for seven months.


Bruria Falik - Ms. Falik and her family were from Hungary. While in several concentration camps, she endured inhumane conditions and the loss of many of her loved ones, including a baby sister born in the camps. While being transported from one such labor camp to Bergen-Belsen death camp, her train was stopped. This was in 1945. She was liberated by the U.S. Army on the idle train filled with 2500 Jews.


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