Teens, Holocaust survivors create friendships

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Some teenagers with a special interest in World War II are reaching out to a declining and often lonely South Florida community: Holocaust survivors.

Local Holocaust survivors get help, courtesy of Germany
Local Holocaust survivors get help, courtesy of Germany
The teens, working through a new program, From March to Miriam, visit 25 survivors in south Palm Beach County once a month, accompanied by an adult and sometimes another survivor. The teens, many of whom traveled to Poland and Israel on a popular trip called the March of the Living, also call their survivor at least once a week as they work on developing a cross-generational friendship.

“After the first time they came, I knew they would become part of my heart,” said survivor Clara Mond, 87, about her monthly visitors, Amy Freidus, 17, and her mom, Hindy. “They have given me something no wealth can bring.”
Amy Freidus, a senior at Donna Klein Jewish Academy west of Boca Raton, is preparing to go on the March of the Living, a two-week spring trip for high school students that includes visits to the concentration camps of Eastern Europe followed by a week in Israel. Her great-grandparents were Holocaust survivors, and her great-grandfather, 96, is a survivor from Lodz, Poland, where Mond also lived.

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