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Aging and Resilience: The Lived Experience of Holocaust Survivors

Wednesday, March 23, 2016: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

To attend this event, click here to register for the 2016 Aging in America Conference

The Holocaust came to a close with the end of World War II in May 1945, more than 7 decades ago. Today, the remaining Holocaust survivors are in their 70s, 80s, and 90s and are coping with their own aging: chronic illness, frailty, the losses of spouses and other loved ones. This special event will feature Holocaust survivors who are associated with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s (USHMM) First Person program. They will speak about what they experienced during the Holocaust, their post-war lives, and now old age. They will also share their stories of purpose and hope. The session will be moderated by Bill Benson, ASA board member and host of the First Person program. For the past 17 years Bill has been the host of the USHMM’s First Person program, in which he leads conversations with Holocaust survivors before live audiences twice weekly from March through August. As Benson notes, “Our First Person survivors are remarkable not only for having survived the many horrors and unimaginable traumas of the Holocaust, but for managing to come to this country through many different routes and circumstances and then not only survive but to thrive in so many ways. These are exceptionally resilient humans.”

Program Welcome: Robert Blancato, ASA Board Chair-Elect and President, Matz, Blancato & Associates, Washington, D.C.

Program Moderator: Bill Benson, ASA Board Member and Principal, Health Benefits ABCs, Wheaton, MD


Robert Blancato

Bill Benson

 

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