's 6th and 7th graders have learned about the Holocaust
through textbooks and classroom discussions held at the Temple's religious school.
On Sunday, April 3, 2011, the students learned about this horrific period in history through a heartfelt presentation by congregant Aharon Golub, a Holocaust survivor. Mr. Golub spoke with the students about his life during the Holocaust years.
Mr. Golub, author of "Kaddishel - A Life Reborn," spent his childhood in
Ludvipol, Poland. He lived through the shocking events of World War II
where each day was a quest for survival.
He shared details of his experiences during this time with the students, and told how he triumphed and persevered to rebuild a new life, a life filled with friendships, hard work and the many hopes that a tomorrow shall bring.
Golub's family was confined to a ghetto in Poland, where the Nazis would come and demand that all the Jews go directly to the town square. People did not know if that was their moment for death, he said.
Golub's father, Barouch Golub, refused to have his family humiliated, so he made a hiding place for them: Aharon's father, mother, Gittel Yanoshifker Golub, and two sisters, Chava and Esther. Each time the Jews were ordered to the square, the family hid. One day, they heard the shootings and the screams, Aharon's family knew their friends were murdered.
They also knew that they would die in hiding or they could take the risk and run into the woods. The Nazis continued to hunt down the Jews as if they were rabbits, he said.
While in the woods, the Golub family was attacked, Aharon's beloved father and sister perished. Aharon's mother, Aharon and his other sister escaped, however, Gittle Golub was wounded.
Days later, Aharon's mother and sister were killed but Aharon managed to escape. Alone, frightened and cold, he continued to hide in the woods, attaching himself to another group of people in hiding.
Aharon's uncle and aunt resided across the river. People would venture there because his relatives graciously gave food out to strangers. One day, a woman told the story of a young child living in the woods who was suffering from frostbite. She gave details of Aharon, and the fact his mother was a photographer, which was rare in those days. Aharon's family knew this young boy must be Aharon Golub.
They traveled across the river and, after finding him, took him back and tried to heal his frozen feet.
A new life began; after the war, Aharon's family decided to go to the United States but Aharon chose to head to Israel (which was then Palestine.) He became a kibbutznik. Friendships were formed, and the plight of building a country began. After eight years, Aharon's grandfather and uncle sent him a ticket to visit the United States.
While on this trip, he met his beloved wife, Ruth.
They married six months later. Aharon's education and perseverance lead him to become a controller of a manufacturing company. They are the proud parents of two children, a son and daughter, in addition to six grandchildren. Ruth and Aharon Golub reside in Old Bethpage, NY.
Aharon and Ruth have been long time members of Temple Beth Elohim for 45 years. They share a very traditional life, with Jewish values being the most important. They are involved with United Jewish Appeal, and many other charitable organizations.
Aharon said his strength comes from being able to accept what life brings and embracing the many good things that life has to offer.
The students engaged Mr. Golub in a question and answer segment. They were fascinated to meet an author who shared his intimate stories from World War II. The discussion left students with a experience never to be forgotten.
With special thanks to Deborah Tract and Debbie Baer