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Generations Speaker Series: Dr. Rebecca Jacobson

October 6 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Dr. Rebecca Jacobson shares her family’s story of Holocaust survival and loss in Warsaw, Poland

The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh is proud to share the latest installment in our Generations Speaker Series with Dr. Rebecca Jacobson. Rebecca shares the story of her mother’s family in Poland during the Holocaust, where most were sent to the Warsaw Ghetto and concentration camps.

Through the incredible actions of a non-Jewish upstander, and through luck and ingenuity, her mother and grandparents survived. Rebecca shares their story of survival and of starting a new life. A heart-wrenching tale of suffering and loss, it is also a story of resistance, bravery, and love.

Rebecca’s story will be followed by a Q&A with Dr. Lauren Bairnsfather, director of the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh.

This program is made possible thanks to funding from RAD and the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Founding support for our Generations program was provided by the Sylvia and Martin Snow Charitable Foundation.

About Dr. Jacobson: Dr. Rebecca Jacobson is the daughter and granddaughter of holocaust survivors. Her mother Judith was a small child living with her parents Ester and Kalman Szaynfeld at the beginning of World War 2. Over the past 3 years, Rebecca has assembled her family’s stories of survival during and after the Holocaust. In her professional life, Rebecca is a physician, who has held leadership positions in academic medicine and healthcare. She is now president of a healthcare start up company. Pittsburgh has been her home for the past 25 years. Rebecca is married and together, she and her husband Jake have 4 children. She is also a dedicated volunteer with the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, serving on our Life & Legacy Committee, and as Chair of the Generations Steering Committee. In 2020, Rebecca and her husband Jake were recognized as the Holocaust Center’s Volunteers of the Year in the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle.


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