The Girl with Four Names: An Inspirational Holocaust Story of Survival & Bravery
(Third Annual Humanitarian Speaker Series)
7:30 pm Friday, April 20, 2018
At the Chapel at Rye Presbyterian Church
882 Boston Post Rd, Rye, NY 10580
RSVP to Communications@Comsynrye.org
Ellen Kaidanow is the daughter-in-law of two Holocaust survivors (Ellen and Jerry). She tells the story of her mother-in-law’s life and her miraculous tale of becoming the sole survivor of her family at age six: Ellen was saved by a Christian woman, who risked her life by hiding her for two years.
Ellen feels that part of her fate and purpose is to be a witness of her mother-in-law’s inspirational story, to have a personal connection to the Holocaust, and to help others to do the same.
Ellen lives in Harrison, NY with her husband, Joseph. They have two daughters, and one son. Ellen worked in commercial real estate and executive recruiting before becoming a full-time mother, active community organizer and volunteer for her children’s schools. She continues her volunteer work with her synagogue, UJA and several other local non-profit organizations.
Ellen enjoys being a member of Generations Forward, a group of second and third generation individuals sponsored by the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center (HHREC) of White Plains, New York. Through the HHREC, she took an 18-week Holocaust Memories Preservation Workshop, Safekeeping Stories, which is designed to create effective Holocaust speakers. It is Ellen’s great honor to tell her mother-in-law’s story: The Girl with Four Names.
Oral history interview with Ellen Kaidanow
Ellen Kaidanow, was born Shifra Leviatin in Dubno, Poland on June 15th, 1936. Ellen’s parents were Ester Greensveig and Yosef Leviatin. She had two sisters, an older sister Perel, and a younger sister, Bela. All of her immediate family were killed in the liquidation of the Dubno Ghetto. Ellen survived because of the bravery of her nanny Lena Dudzinsky. Lena took Ellen from the Ghetto and presented Ellen to the world as her illegitimate daughter.After the war Ellen immigrated to the United States. She attended Taft High School and eventually met her husband Jerry (also a Holocaust Survivor).
Jerry and Ellen have three children and seven grandchildren. They live in New Rochelle N.Y.
Ellen Kaidanow, keynote speaker with Ellen Kaidanow,
her mother-in-law. Photo by William Landin
Ellen Kaidanow with her husband, Jerry Kaidanow
(Survived as a partisan in the woods of Poland)
About Sel Hubert
Out of Broken Glass tells the uplifting true story of a young German Jewish boy who is terrorized by the Nazis and torn from his family as he escapes alone to England on the Kindertransport. He overcomes fear and loneliness during wartime, living among non-Jewish strangers as he tries to retain his Jewish soul. At 14, he quits school to start work and agonizes over the unknown fate of his parents who perish in the Holocaust.
Near the end of the war, Sel joins relatives in New York, serves in the U.S. military and, armed with the G.I. bill but only an eighth grade education, he manages to enter college and earns degrees from CCNY and Columbia. After working at two companies, he joins ITT which transfers him and his new wife to Brussels where he faces more professional and personal challenges, especially in the German subsidiary. Returning to the U.S. with two young children, the Huberts settle in Westchester and become involved suburbanites.
Yet Sel’s past continues to haunt him as he undergoes major cathartic experiences while attending the 1981 reunion of Holocaust survivors in Jerusalem, and later as he publicly recites Kaddish in his German birth village after speaking to the assembled villagers in an ecumenical worship service. He retires from ITT, joins a consulting firm and teaches the lessons of the Holocaust by speaking at schools and colleges. He explores his perception of being Jewish in the post-Holocaust world and basks in the pride of his own family.