Judy Geminder's Shloshim Service in Berkeley, California.
Judy passed away on August 19, 2011.
The Geminder Family: Mindy, Donella, Shia, Ellen, Judy
Inside the trailer - where all stories are recorded
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.
You can hear it on http://www.scpr.org/programs/storycorps/2011/07/04/25219/storycorps-robert-geminder/
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 more http://www.scpr.org/programs/storycorps/
& http://storycorps.org/record-your-story/From my friend Judy
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.....
Robert with California Assemblyman
the 55th Assembly District)
Robert was honored at the State Capitol, April 19, 2010 as part of Holocaust Memorial Week, Honoring Holocaust Survivors and World War II Veterans. Also Robert was among
5 South Bay residents participating in an event hosted by Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal.
Holocaust talk at the Lair of the Golden Bear, July 2009
Click HERE to
watch the video Video taped by Shia Geminder Introduction by Mindy Geminder
With George Deukmejian (Governer of California
On Thursday July 12, 2012, Bob spoke to students in PVPHS & below are e-mails he received
after the talk:
It was such a privilege to hear about your Holocaust memories last Thursday July 12, 2012. When you were describing
each experience and the struggle to survive through this devastating time, it was difficult to imagine even though it really
happened. I thought it was so clever how your mom smuggled you and your brother out of the ghetto, but I feel so bad......
To read more what students wrote click below.
Bob Spoke at PVPHS July 2012
October 11, 2012 Bob attended book launch: “Living Witnesses: Triumph Over Tragedy at Paramount
Studios” sponsored by The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, and A Dime and A Penny Foundation. The project captured the lives and experiences of Holocaust Survivors from the US, Israel and Europe.
The infamous one hundred and three year old Sir Nicholas Winton, a man responsible for saving
the lives of 669 children during the Holocaust, is one of the many Survivors featured in the project. His grandson, Laurence
Winton, spoke at this event on his grandfather’s behalf. (2nd from left)
For more about Living
Witnesses, visit http://livingwitnesses.net/
On April 13, 2012 students from Pacifica High School
in Oxnard visited LAMH. Bob spoke to hem about his experiences during the holocaust.
click here to see pictures
The Museum of Tolerance and Child Survivors of the Holocaust, Los Angeles, will have a
program to celebrate the launch of their newly published book:
How We Survived Sunday, November 20, 2011.
How we survived” 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
Above - Bob with the mayor of Los Angeles
- Antonio Villaraigosa.Bob attended the 2011 Annual
Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, celebrating the 50th Golden Anniversary of the Los Angeles Museum of Holocaust, Nov
On the right - Bob is with two Holocaust survivors - Miriam Bell
and Zenon Neumark, a survivor
from Poland and author of the book "Hiding in the Open"
Adding up life’s
many gifts In retirement, Holocaust survivor teaches math in South L.A By Sandy
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 in "OUR TOWN" - A Palos Verdes Peninsula News Special Annual publication.
This year's publication was dedicated to the war heroes who made the difference.
A horrific era and keeping its memory alive
By Daryl Lubinsky.
From the editor Mary Scott: "....It was a honor to put together this issue of Our
Town, which honors handful of the Hill's "greatest Generation"....The two civilians, one a child, were not Americans
during the war, but their stories nonetheless cement them as part of a generation that proved it had the
courage and the resourcefulness to survive and thrive."
LA Museum of the Holocaust
On October 14, 2010, Los Angeles
Museum of the Holocaust opened the doors to its new building in Pan Pacific Park. Part of its mission is to provide free Holocaust
education to the public, particularly students from under-funded schools and underserved communities. As a survivor Bob was
invited to join this program & talks at the museum periodically. Below are some testaments from his talks:
Thank you so much for sharing your story with the ADL Young Leadershipgroup on Sunday.
We so appreciated your unique perspective and it trulyadded so much to our experience at LAMOTH.
you again, Jenn
Dear Mr. Geminder My name is Miriam Ibarra, I am a History teacher from Baja California,
México. We went to visit the L.A. Holocaust museum on November last year.
I want to thank you the time and dedication
to this purpose: never forget the Holocaust.
Thanks! I hope to come back soon.
Click here to read more about
Bob’s experience at LAHM
Link to the museum http://lamoth.org/