Bob participated in the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies course on “Between Memory and History: Interviewing
Holocaust Survivors in the Digital Age,”
Through these activities, the Center aims to bring the past into conversation with
the present. This class brings together Holocaust survivors & UCLA students. The students work with and learn from survivors.
As final class project, students curate audio tours that integrate eyewitness testimony of individuals survivors with the
LAMOTH archival collection.
Click HERE to read more about the class
Survivor: Robert Geminder
By Jane Ulman
In the early morning of Oct. 12,
1941, German authorities ordered the Jews of Stanislawow, Poland, to report to the town square. Six-year-old Robert (Bob) Geminder huddled there with his mother, grandmother and brother, George. The group of approximately 20,000 Jews was then marched to the nearby cemetery. Bob and his family, among the early arrivals, were shoved toward the cemetery’s back wall, where they crouched down. “If you stood up, they would shoot you,” Bob remembered. Meanwhile, people in the front were marched forward toward large pits in the ground, then shot. As they fell into the gaping earth, more Jews were ordered forward. This systematic killing continued all day, until falling snow and darkness halted the massacre of 12,000 or more.
Click HERE to read an article in the Jewish Journal
Wendy Wolman-Ledner, a very accomplished photographer, writer,
and sculptress, published this unbelievable book of Holocaust
survivors with self-written
poems in July of 2013.
Wendy came to Bob's home and
him for the book.
Click HERE to read about Wendy Wollman-Ledner & see selected pages from the book.
Click HERE to see the complete book.
the summers, Bob speaks to the summer school in the Palos Verdes school system. Bob has done this in the summer for many years.
Click HERE to read
e-mails re received from the students.
Click HERE to read more from the students
With students at
Bob speaks to a private school in Palos
Verdes, Chadwick, for the past few years.
Click on the image to read an amazing letter he received
of the students..
Inside the trailer - where all stories
An interview with Story Corps, a radio show
that is on National Public Radio, NPR, In Los Angeles it is on 89.3, KPCC. They interview thousands of people all over the
country and quite honestly I never expected to be on the radio.
the story click HERE
I scheduled this recording of my story. They will archive this
and keep it forever. Story Corps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and
beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Each conversation is recorded on a free
CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folk life Center at the Library of Congress. Story Corps is one of the
largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to the weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition.
Go to Storycorps.com if you want to know how to record your own story
friend Judy Coy: Hi dear Bob - I just listened
to your story. We have talked about your experience before but just hearing you tell it again really is a reminder of
how horrific the Holocaust was and how important it is never, never to forget what happened. I can't begin to imagine
what it was like - we visited the Auschwitz site while in Poland several years ago. It is a memory that will always
stay with me. I will never understand and I'm sure you don't either. I am so glad that you are here to tell your
story, as hurtful as it is.....
Holocaust talk at the Lair of the Golden Bear
Bob is a regular speaker at this family camp located in Northern California
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watch the video Video taped by Shia Geminder Introduction by Mindy Geminder
The Geminder's Children
Mindy, Ellen & Shia
Shia, Donella, Ellen, Bob & Mindy
2014 - Bob participated in “March of the Living” trip to Poland and Israel.
It was a fantastic experience for him and for 200 Los Angeles high school seniors. 12,000 students from around
the world marched from Auschwitz to Birkenau. After one week in Poland, the students and the survivors marched
in Jerusalem, observed Israel Independence day & danced for Havdala at the kotel
Below is a link to a video of one of the student’s, who was on the trip, his high school graduation
Click HERE to watch
Click HERE to read more about the trip in the attached document.
|Bob with students from United Education Institute (UEI), El Monte, 2013
2013, Bob was selected to be member of The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH)
board of directors, www.lamoth.org. The museum was established in 1961 and 2010 opened it’s new building in Pan Pacific Park. Bob joins a very select group of dedicated and committed group of people that want to continue the great work that the museum does in assuring that the memory of the six million will ever be forgotten.Bob is a regular
speaker at the museum to the many school kids that come to visit and on special days like Yom HaShoa
Jacob Poncher, 13, of Congregation Ner Tamid in Rancho Palos Verdes
donated $600 he had received during his April bar mitzvah to the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH). He made the
donation in honor of Holocaust survivor and family friend Robert Geminder being named a LAMOTH board member. Donations like
Jacob’s help make it possible for the museum to maintain free admission for the public, a LAMOTH spokesperson said.
The museum’s exhibitions include an archive of documents, relics and other primary source material related to the Holocaust.
Jacob Poncher presenting a check to Bob for becoming a member of the LA Holocaust
Museum board of directors. Also shown from right to left are: Sheila Poncher, grandmother; Yelena Poncher Shaw, mother;
Sam Poncher, brother; and Jeff Poncher, father.
New exhibit entitled "Some Were
Neighbors: Collaboration and Complicity in the Holocaust" at U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington
DC. Looking at all of the areas occupied by Germany, and the choices faced by those populations in deciding whether to comply
with Germans or to help their Jewish neighbors. The exhibit includes Bob’s video testimony is one among eight Jewish
survivors sharing their experiences; some found help throughout the entirety of the war, while some were denounced by their
neighbors or friends.
Bob’s friends who visited the museum wrote:“It was there that we watched video testimonials by various survivors including, as you probably guessed, your
testimonial! It was very moving to hear your story about your father trading apartments for hiding places for you and
George and the unfortunate story of George putting on his hat in the Church. Just think of the millions of people who
will hear your important story and those of others.”
Click HERE to read a review about the exhibit in the New York Times
Click HERE to watch survivors video in the exhibit
On Holocaust Memorial Day, Bob led a walking
tour in Pan Pacific Park. Afterwards his daughter Mindy wrote:
Yesterday, my sister and I were fortunate to hear my dad, Bob Geminder , speak at The Los
Angeles Holocaust Museum. He led an intergenerational walk as a holocaust survivor, stopping at memory markers, with thoughtful
stories, history, and questions to ponder. It was really wonderful, all outside in the park, with a large group of people
of all ages, and they were very interested. There was a soldier group from the UK too. My dad is such a wonderful speaker,
full of vigor, and I felt the awe and sadness of the Holocaust, once again. I never get tired of hearing his stories, nor
Click HERE to read article about the event in the Jewish Journal
Click HERE to see pictures from the event
"How we survived”
a book contains the first person narratives of 52 authors who
survived the Holocaust as children. Each story in this collection
covers the range of children’s experiences from
the ghettos, the camps, in hiding, and on the run through Eastern Europe. Each author speaks of bewilderment, the
pain of dislocation and the loss of family as seen through
a child’s eyes. . . How the children coped during and after the war and how they recovered and triumphed over adversity to
live meaningful lives symbolizing their strength,
determination and human courage.
Click HERE to read Bob's chapter from the book
Adding up life’s
many gifts In retirement,
Holocaust survivor teaches math in South L.A
By Sandy Banks
Bob's life story was published in the LA times:
spends his days in what some might consider another sort of ghetto - a
classroom in inner-city Los Angeles - where he passes along what he knows, about mathematics and survival.
Click HERE to read the article