Before the War - my mother with her brother in 1920

Before the War - my mother with her brother in 1920

The war ended - my mother & I in Warsaw 1945-6

The war ended - my mother & I in Warsaw 1945-6

Between Poland and America - my mother & I in Paris 1949

Between Poland and America - my mother & I in Paris 1949

First year in America - 1950

First year in America - 1950

45 Responses to Photographs

  1. What a neat story.
    I guess I only have a few words, and that’s all.

  2. Gustavo says:

    First of all I would like to thank you for visiting Banning High School it was such an honor to have you there, your stories were such interesting. Thank you for dedicating your time to share your expirience during the Halocaust and I hope you can visit another time. I am looking forward to reading your book, thank you once again. =)

    • gelbaum says:

      I much appreciate your comment, am very glad that I visited Banning HS today, and my only regret is that the bell rang, ending our session, about 5 minutes before I was finished with the presentation. I hope to return to Banning next school year and on that visit I’ll make sure that the bell and I are on the same schedule 🙂 . Re my book, your being on this website tells me that you’ll access it via Good, hope you enjoy it.

  3. Joshua says:

    Thanks for visiting MSJHS today. i was very moved and i hope you could share your story again next year.

    • gelbaum says:

      Thank you for these words, Joshua. I’m very glad to have visited your school and am very touched by the genuine warmth and enthusiasm of the many students and your teachers. I just returned home and look forward to reading tonight the many ‘thank you’ notes you and others have written on both the flat (8 1/2 x 11) sheets and on the big scroll that I was given today. And, yes, I look forward to coming again to MSJHS next year.

  4. Stephanie says:

    Hi, I just wanted to say thank you so much for visiting MSJHS today (like Joshua said). It was such an honor to hear your story and it was amazing. It really made me think about not only the past, but also my actions for the future. I’m really glad that you came and shared your story, and I hope you come back next year. Thanks

    • gelbaum says:

      Thank you, Stephanie. It’s words and comments such as yours that keep me doing these talks in spite of my moments of discomfort, such as when I choked up during today’s talk. I’m glad that you’re relating it to your own life and actions in the future, and I hope you remember your today’s feeling if and when you ever come upon a situation of injustice or intolerance in the future.

  5. Virgil says:

    Dear George,

    I was really touched by your presentation at MSJ High school. I am definitely reading your book.

    • gelbaum says:

      Thanks, Virgil. I really appreciated visiting MSJHS as the students and the teachers are so enthusiastic. I’ve lots of photos and will put them on my weblog ASAP, but it’ll be late next week since I leave for Seattle on Saturday.
      Cheers, George

  6. candy0312 says:

    I really enjoyed this book. The photographs gives a better background to the story.

  7. Timothy Su says:

    Thank you for coming to Milpitas High School. You should be expecting another 80-90+ letters next week so be prepared!

  8. Judy Chaille says:

    Touched me so deeply..anxious to read. Actually I know very little about that era…too young at the time. Very close to your age.

  9. Judy Chaille says:

    I am your ‘cousin’ by marriage. 🙂

  10. Thank you for coming. I read your book and was amazed by how when you shared it with us how precise and close both versions were. Thank you

  11. I must add that you are a truly amazing man and our class was blessed to have you come.

    • gelbaum says:

      Thanks, Michael. I much appreciate both of your comments. I look forward to meeting with you again and am sure that we will. By the way, I presume that Ms. Do showed you the photo I emailed her of my granddaughter with your gift teddy bear – we both thank you for it.
      My best,

  12. Judy Chaile says:

    Hello, I am enjoying these e mails and updates immensely………..thankyou from the bottom of my heart for what you are doing~! My new hero……

  13. I think she forgot, but I will remind her I look forward to seeing it. 🙂

  14. Thank you for the picture

  15. Celeste Bloedel says:

    Thanks for visiting Kent Mountain View Academy a few months ago! I had been eager to hear a story from a survivor for years and I must say that my life changed courses on its railroad. Thank you ever so much again!

  16. michael kimball says:

    i wanted to know, did you ever have the feeling of having a real home

  17. michael kimball says:

    Thank you very much, this will help for the essay I’m writing.
    My best,

  18. michael kimball says:

    Mr. Elbaum I’ve sent you my essay I finished yesterday, thank you for all your help.

    Michael Kimball

  19. Joshua says:

    Dear Mr. Elbaum,

    Thank you for taking the time to come and to share your experience during the Holocaust with us, JFCS’ YouthFirst interns. It was a moving and inspirational experience for me and your words were heartfelt.


    Joshua E. Cardenas

    • gelbaum says:

      Thank you, Joshua,
      It’s because of feedback such as yours that I continue talking to young audiences, even though it’s emotionally taxing at times.
      Thank you again, I appreciate your comments.

  20. Sierra says:

    Dear George,

    Having you share your experience with St.peters 8th grade had a huge impact on us, and the way we thought of the holocaust. You are a amazing man. Thank you so very much for taking your time to talk to us, the 8th graders and I at St.Peters appreciates it. 🙂

    • gelbaum says:

      Thank you, Sierra. It’s because of feedback such as yours, and the enthusiasm shown by your class, that I keeps doing these talks. So, thank you again. George

  21. David says:

    Dear George,
    Thank you for your presentation at Hopkins today. It was interesting to learn about your life’s story.

  22. Andrew says:

    Dear George,
    Thank you for visiting the Fredrick Pilot today and inspiring me and my friends. We appreciate

  23. stace says:

    Hello Mr Elbaum,
    Just wanted to reiterate that I believe what you are doing with the students-teaching them not only your stories, but also allowing the younger generations growing up to really be the decision makers. They should be careful not to remake history happen, which in our careful political time, is easy to tamper. It appears the students will grow and take to heart your wisdom, then do with it what they may of course.

  24. Jany says:

    Just wanted to say what an impact you had on my son. A student at American high. He came home and told us all about your story and he also got to take a picture with you that he shared before he even got home from school. Thank you for sharing your story and know that you’re making a difference.

    • gelbaum says:

      Thank you very, very much for your message. It is feedback such as yours and your son’s that keeps me doing these talks (120+ so far in 7 years) though there are moments in each talk that still pain a bit. Your words make it worth it.

  25. Krishna P. says:

    Thank you for coming to AVHS today! It was a pleasure and an honor getting to meet you and hear your story. Thank you for taking the time to educate us about your story and how we can ensure to keep our society from marginalizing groups in the future.

    • gelbaum says:

      Thank you, Krishna. As we’re seeing now intolerance & anger & prejudice rise up in the world and in America, we must all speak out and act against these enemies of our democratic society.

  26. Kelly Mui says:

    Hi Mr. Elbaum,

    You cane to my high school (Newark Memorial High, CA) in April 2016. I remember taking a picture with you and being beyond facinated in your story. I still cherish it after two years. I hope you’re doing well and hopefully we can cross paths again.

    Warm Regards,
    Kelly Mui

    • gelbaum says:

      Thank you, Kelly. I appreciate your words. Since we met in April 2016 our country has taken a turn toward intolerance, bigotry and divisiveness, all traits that led to the Holocaust, so I have doubled the frequency of talks I give in schools, hoping to do my share of preventing this ugly trend. George

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