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Experiences of the Holocaust

Ina Polak, Jack Polak

Saturday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM Manhattan Theater

College/University Student Recommended, Global History & Culture, High School, Identity & Responsibility

Dutch Jewish Holocaust survivors Jack and Ina Polak were inmates at Westerbork labor camp in Holland and Bergen Belsen concentration camp in Germany. They will share their experiences and discuss an array of topics on the Holocaust, such as social life and holidays in the camps; comparison of different types of camps—labor, concentration, extermination and other camps; resistance in Germany; religion and the Holocaust; and Holocaust survivors and their children. PLEASE NOTE: Amplified sound will be used in this session.

Ina Polak

Catharina (Ina) Soep was born on January 3, 1923 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Ina was chosen by the S.S. in Bergen-Belsen to take the minutes of meetings between the S.S. and a group of diamond manufacturers, to plan for the establishment of a diamond plant in Bergen-Belsen. This gave her access to writing material. Love letters written between her now husband, Jack Polak, were made into a book, "Steal a Pencil for Me." In 2007, a film of the same name was produced by award winning director and producer Michele Ohayon.

Jack Polak

Telephone: 914 961 8761

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Jack Polak is a Holocaust survivor, an educator and chairman emeritus of The Anne Frank Center (AFC). He and his wife of 62 years, Ina Soep, courted in Bergen-Belsen and in 2000 their love letters were published in a book, “Steal a Pencil for Me”. In 2007, a film of the same name was produced by award winning director and producer Michele Ohayon. On his 80th birthday Jack was knighted by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands for his work as the president of the AFC-USA.

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