Holocaust survivors hold Jewish recipes alive

Holocaust survivors create cookbook to share Jewish recipes, tales of perseverance


At 84-year-old Tova Friedman’s home, three generations collect round a eating room desk for Shabbat dinner. 

It’s a dream that Friedman by no means imagined doable as a five-year-old in Auschwitz-Birkenau focus camp in Nazi-occupied Poland, the place 1.1 million individuals died. 

Friday marks 78 years because the liberation of Auschwitz.  

Eugene Ginter spent his first six years of life in the identical extermination camp. The sights and sounds of genocide have left a everlasting mark on each Friedman and Ginter. 

After liberation in 1945, Friedman and Ginter settled in the USA and have been constructing their lives by the households they’ve created. 

They’re additionally passing on traditions to new generations by having their Jewish recipes featured within the new cookbook, “Honey Cake & Latkes: Recipes from the Previous World.” 

The 2 first met whereas engaged on the ebook, which pairs greater than 100 Holocaust survivors’ tales and options their household recipes. 

“Meals, it reminds you of your loved ones and the love, just like the cheesecake or the babka that my mom would make. , it brings again the reminiscences of the love that she was transferring,” Ginter stated.  

Among the many recipes is Ginter’s mom’s “chocolate sandwich” which his mom made for him to assist him achieve weight after liberation. Friedman’s kasha varnishkes are additionally featured.  

First-hand accounts of Auschwitz have gotten uncommon because the years go by and survivors get older. Friedman and Ginter know their tales will quickly fade however their hope is that the teachings discovered from such an atrocity is not going to.  

“My story may be duplicated by one million and a half youngsters who have been murdered. I used to be simply fortunate. I really feel nearly obligated to speak about them. It is like I’m bringing them again from their ashes as a result of I signify them,” Friedman stated.  

The ebook was revealed final September by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Basis. All proceeds go on to the inspiration.