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To contact Bob: Rgeminder@aol.com

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Link to the museum http://lamoth.org/

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Click HERE to read an article in the Jewish Journal

June 26, 2013

Survivor: Robert Geminder

By Jane Ulman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 interviewed and

photographed him for the book.

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Click HERE to see the complete book.

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Click HERE to read about Wendy Wollman-Ledner & see selected pages from the book. 

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This summer, July 22, 2013 Bob spoke at PVPHS.

Click HERE to read e-mails re received from the students.

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On Thursday July 12, 2012, Bob spoke to students in PVPHS.

Click HERE to read e-mails from 2012 talk

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April 4, 2013 Bob spoke to students at Chadwick School.

Click on the image to read an amazing letter he received from

one of the students after the talk.

 

 

 

Click HERE to read the letter

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Inside the trailer - where all stories are recorded

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April 2011, I did 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. On Monday, July 4th 2011, the story was broadcasted.

To hear the story click HERE 

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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.

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Go to Storycorps.com if you want to know how to record your own story

 http://storycorps.org/record-your-story/

From my 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..... 

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Holocaust talk at the Lair of the Golden Bear

Bob is a regular speaker at this family camp located in Northern California

Click HERE to watch the video Video taped by Shia Geminder Introduction by Mindy Geminder
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The Geminder's Children

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  Mindy, Ellen & Shia                   Shia, Donella, Ellen, Bob & Mindy

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March 14, 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.

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Bob with students from United Education Institute (UEI), El Monte on July 22, 2013
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May 2013, 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.
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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

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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 with hiding; some found help throughout the entirety of the war, while some were denounced by their neighbors or friends.
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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.”

 

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Click HERE to read a review about the exhibit in The New York Times

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Click HERE to watch Bob's Video in the exhibit

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This year 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 any survivor.

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Click HERE to read article about the event in the Jewish Journal

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Click HERE to see additional pictures from the event

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"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.

 

 

 

 

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Click HERE to read Bob's chapter from the book

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Adding up life’s many gifts In retirement,
Holocaust survivor teaches math in South L.A  By Sandy Banks

In the month of October 2011, Bob life story was published in the LA times:

Geminder 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.

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Click HERE to read the article

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