Tucsonans who escaped the Holocaust

2014-03-02T00:00:00Z Tucsonans who escaped the HolocaustArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 02, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Annique Dveirin was born in 1936 in Poland and was a hidden there as a child during the war. After the war, she lived in three orphanages in France before coming to the United States. She moved to Tucson in 2000 after teaching English and French in Redlands, Calif. One of her sons and two of her grandchildren live here.

Sidney Finkel was born in 1932 in Poland and survived the Buchenwald and Theresienstadt concentration camps. After the war, he lived in England and then Chicago before moving to Tucson in 1999. He has written a memoir about the Holocaust, “Sevek and the Holocaust: The Boy Who Refused to Die.” He gives public talks on the Holocaust. For more information about Sidney Finkel, his book and his talks, visit http://holocaustspeaker.com/

William Kugelman was born in 1924 in Poland and survived Auschwitz and the Landsberg-Kaufering Labor Camp. He was 15 when Germans invaded his small Polish city in September 1939. He lived in Poland, Germany and Sweden before making Tucson his home in 1965. He is a retired retail shoe store owner and a public speaker on the Holocaust.

Marie Turim was born in 1934 in France, a year after her parents fled Germany. The family was in hiding on France’s Ile d’Oleron for a year and a half before fleeing to the United States. After the war, she lived in many places, including New York City and Washington, D.C., before moving to Tucson in 2003. She worked as a nursery school teacher, and volunteered for 13 years at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

Lily Brull was born in 1929 in Antwerp, Belgium, and her family fled Europe two days after World War II broke out. They arrived in New York in 1941 and she lived there before attending graduate school in Michigan. Brull spent 32 years living in Israel and moved to Tucson 10 years ago to be near her children and grandchildren. She worked as a special education teacher and an editor, and began speaking about the Holocaust after moving here.

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