February 11, 2018 | 11:30 AM | Wallingford United Methodist Church | 2115 N 42nd St, Seattle, WA 98103
“Justice is, for me, the crucial issue, the fulcrum about which my story turns. It is the issue that connects my account of Germany to today’s realities." -Steve Adler
This special program, open to the public, features Holocaust survivor Steve Adler telling his personal story of survival.
Steve was born in Berlin, Germany in 1930 to a middle-class, Jewish family. At age seven, anti-Jewish laws forced Steve to leave his neighborhood school and enter a private Jewish school. Over the next several years, conditions for Jews continued to deteriorate; Steve's father was jailed during Kristallnacht in November 1938.
In March 1939, Steve was sent by train to Hamburg to join a Kindertransport (children’s transport) going to England by ship. The Kindertransports were organized with British government sanction to give refuge to approximately 10,000 Jewish children from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia. Steve arrived in England knowing only one sentence in English. Unlike most Kindertransport children, Steve was miraculously reunited with his parents and brother in London in late 1940. They immigrated to the United States shortly after.
Steve was a member of the Board of Directors of the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust, an international educational and advocacy organization. He lives in North Seattle and is an active member of the Holocaust Center’s Speakers Bureau, sharing his story with thousands of students and other audience members each year. Steve is deeply passionate about using his experiences, and the lessons of history, to implore listeners to use tolerance to combat hatred in their own communities.
Presented by Wallingford United Methodist Church and the Holocaust Center for Humanity.