Holocaust survivor Judith Kallman to speak at Ridgefield Library Nov. 7

In response to the Pittsburgh Massacre, Chabad Jewish Center of Ridgefield and the Ridgefield Library invite resident to an evening of discussion and conversation, with Holocaust survivor Judith Kallman.

Kallman, who was a child growing up in Czechoslovakia when World War II broke out, will share her experiences surviving the mass genocide of the holocaust on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at  7 p.m., at The Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street. The lecture will be followed by Q&A.

The event is open to the entire community and free of charge. RSVP Chabadridgefield@gmail.com

'Strictly running'

Kallman recalls her first memory of World War II as a 4-year-old — her brothers coming home from school with bloody noses because they were beaten up for being Jewish. It was not long after that she watched as her parents were forced onto a train headed to a concentration camp. She and her siblings went into hiding, first in Czechoslovakia and then in Hungary. They never saw their parents again.

“My childhood was spent strictly running, escaping,” Kallman said. “What does a 4-or 5-year-old child understand? Does she understand what anti-semitism is? What hatred for the Jews is? Why there is so much anger and jealousy? She doesn’t know any different. As a child, all I knew was fear. I was frightened. That’s how I grew up.”

Kallman has lectured all over the United States and her Holocaust memoir, A Candle in the Heart, has been showcased by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, and at teacher training workshops and in libraries across North America, Israel and Europe. She is a board member of the Greenwich UJA-Federation and the Jewish Broadcasting Service and actively supports Temple Sholom of Greenwich, Chabad of Greenwich, Greenwich Hospital, the Bruce Museum, NYU Langone Hospital, Burke Rehabilitation Center, AIPAC, ADL and a number of other organizations.

She lives in Greenwich with her husband, Irwin.