Michael Aushenker, Pacific Palisades Post
Anna Sorotzkin remembers meeting Raoul Wallenberg, the legendary Swede who saved approximately 100,000 Hungarian Jews, including herself, from extinction at the hands of the Nazis. Rachel Schwartz recalls living in the Warsaw Ghetto and being forced, at 14, on a death march that caused her to hallucinate from food and clothing deprivation.
Sorotzkin and Schwartz will be among the dozen Holocaust survivors residing in the community to be honored at Chabad of Pacific Palisades’ ‘Survivors’ Honorary Evening’ on Tuesday, September 9 at the Riviera Country Club.
The public event will feature guest speaker Leon Leyson, the youngest survivor on Oskar Schindler’s list. The subject of Thomas Keneally’s 1982 book ‘Schindler’s Ark’ and a 1993 Steven Spielberg movie, Schindler, an industrialist and a Nazi party member, became the unlikely savior of 1,100 Jews by having them work at his factory.
Today, Sorotzkin, a retired agriculturist, and Schwartz, a sales associate at Coldwell Banker’s Westwood office, are both Highlands residents. But during World War II, they were mere children when the Nazis invaded various European nations and rounded up Jewish citizens for a mass extermination of some six million Jews by war’s end.
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Chabad to Honor Holocaust Survivors
Anna Sorotzkin and Rachel Schwartz will be among the dozen Holocaust survivors residing in Los Angeles to be honored at Chabad of Pacific Palisades' 'Survivors' Honorary Evening' on Tuesday, September 9 at the Riviera Country Club Full Story
August 29, 2008