Steven's grandfather was saved by Oskar Schindler and Steven's father and extended family, after escaping the Krakow ghetto, were hidden by courageous non-Jewish people.
Steven's father Martin Baral was part of a large Jewish family from Krakow, Poland. In 1941, the Nazis forced the family and the Jewish community into the Krakow Ghetto. Martin and his younger brother, only 11 and 7, escaped the ghetto and bravely survived on their own before being taken in by a Polish woman. The brothers was later reunited with his mother, sister, and three cousins. All seven fled to Hungary, were sheltered by a Christian woman, and eventually connected with their father in Palestine (now Israel). Steven’s grandfather was one of the lucky few saved by the famous factory-owner Oskar Schindler. Altogether the Baral family owes its survival to four different courageous non-Jewish rescuers. Steven now lives in Seattle and received the Holocaust Center's Voices of Humanity Award for his service to the Center in 2016. Along with being a member of the Center's Board of Directors and a Legacy Speaker, he is a business owner and father of four.