Generations Speaker Series

The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh is proud to present the Generations Speaker Series. This series, which is hosted in-person and recorded for online viewing, consists of dialogues between Holocaust survivors and their family members. All talks are free and open to the public.

If you have any questions, contact Christina Sahovey at or 412-939-7289

Generations programming is generously supported by the Sylvia & Martin Snow Family Fund.

Upcoming Talks

Stay tuned–we will announce more Generations Speaker Series talks soon!

Past Talks

Moshe Baran and Avi Baran Munro: Generations Speaker Series #1
Wednesday, January 17 at 7:00 pm at Community Day School (6424 Forward Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217) 

Moshe Baran shares his harrowing story of survival as a member of a Partisan unit, speaking along with his daughter, Avi Baran Munro, the Head of School at Community Day School, who shares her experience as a child of two survivors. This event was hosted by The Greater Pittsburgh Church of Christ that meets at Community Day School. 

Watch the recording of this talk


Judah Samet and Miriam Cohen: Generations Speaker Series #2
Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 6:30 pm at Tree of Life (5898 Wilkins Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217)

Judah Samet shares his story, which includes surviving the horrors of Bergen-Belsen as a seven-year-old child alongside his brave mother. His sister, Miriam Cohen, speaks about being born in Israel after the war’s conclusion, and the experience of being raised by Holocaust survivors beside siblings who also survived the Holocaust. This event was sponsored by Tree of Life Congregation.

Watch the recording of this talk


James and Paul Guggenheimer: Generations Speaker Series #3
Wednesday, May 16 at 6:30 pm at Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh (826 Hazelwood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217) 
Local actor and radio personality Paul Guggenheimer speaks alongside his father, Dr. James Guggenheimer. Dr. Guggenheimer, a Professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Dental Medicine, speaks about his experience as a child refugee.

Watch the recording of this talk


Lynne Ravas and Alison Brown Karabin: Generations Speaker Series #4
Wednesday, June 6 at 7:00 pm at Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh (826 Hazelwood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217) 
Lynne Ravas shares one child’s experience in a Jewish orphanage in Germany during Kristallnacht. Alison tells the story of her Grandmother’s survival in Auschwitz-Birkenau and the Volary death march.

Watch the recording of this talk


Lynne Ravas: Generations Speaker Series #5
Monday, January 7 at 7:00 pm, JCC South Hills (345 Kane Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15243)
For the first time, the Generations Speaker Series came to the South Hills! Lynne Ravas shared one child’s experience in a Jewish orphanage in Germany during Kristallnacht.

Watch the recording of Lynne’s Talk – Watch the recording of event Q+A


Susan Hawkins: Generations Speaker Series #6
Wednesday, March 27 at 7:00 pm, Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh (826 Hazelwood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217)
Susan Hawkins, the daughter of survivors from Hungary and the Ukraine, told her parents’ story of loss and survival through concentration camps, hiding and emigration. She also discussed her own recent journey of traveling back to Hungary and the Ukraine years later, and retraced some of the places where her family lived.

Watch the recording of this talk


Chana Brody: Generations Speaker Series #7
Sunday, April 14 at 10:00 am, Adat Shalom (368 Guys Run Rd, Cheswick, PA 15024)
Born in the Czech Republic, Chana and her parents, Ann & William Jakubovic, immigrated to the United States in 1969. The shadow of the Holocaust was ever-present in their household, even when it was not discussed. Chana feels that there is no better way to honor her parents’ memory than to tell their story.