December 23, 2015

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Interviews Leonard Florence Center Resident

Joe Bach, a Leonard Florence Center for Living (LFCL) resident, is most likely the oldest Holocaust survivor in the world. He is 107.
In December 2015, Ina Navazelskis, Oral Historian for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, came to the LFCL, along with a videographer, to tape a testimonial from Joe and his wife Irene (who is 90), both of whom are survivors of the Holocaust. Joe is the oldest person ever interviewed by the museum.
By way of background, Sharon Loveridge of LFCL forwarded the museum more than four hours of testimony between Joe and his wife Irene that was taken by their grandson Matt back in 2009. The museum watched it and verified its validity. After that, they requested a meeting with the Bach family.
Joe and Irene spent a great deal with Ina Navazelskis, recanting their tales of horror and sadness.  Irene also brought with her the actual falsified documents she used in 1922 that spared her life.
Within a few months, their testimonials will be available for the world to see, both at the museum and online. Theirs is an amazing story and we are honored that the Chelsea Jewish Lifecare is part of such an important piece of history.