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MARCIEMCGOWAN
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My job at the RBJH

Friday, September 20, 2013

I am working at the Rose Blumkin Jewish home. I know that many of the residents are Jewish. But you do not have to be Jewish to live here. They are elderly and many survived the Holocaust. I have read many stories about the horrible nightmare that took place in Europe from 1939 till 1945. I did not know anyone who had survived this until coming to work here. I do not want to pry into anyone’s private live and emotions. Tonight I was talking to Joe. I am not sure how old he is, he looks to be in his 80’s and is in a wheelchair. One leg is longer than the other and he can move his legs, but he cannot walk. I asked Joe what kind of job he had when he was younger. I was curious to know more about him, I like talking with him and he is a nice man. He told me that he did not have a job that the “Nazis broke his hip in a concentration camp” he pointed at his right hip when he told me about this. He then told me that after he left the concentration camp he moved to Israel. I asked what year and he thinks that it was in 1945. I don’t know when he moved to the Omaha Nebraska area. I am happy to know this brave man. I will be working on Sunday and I will see if Joe will share some more of his life with me.
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  • v KPETSCHE
    How interesting! Enjoy your time with these special people. I'm sure you will hear and learn a lot!
    1065 days ago
  • v MJREIMERS
    I love listen to our "wise ones" share their stories! I could sit and listen to them for hours. I think all these type of stories should be recorded in some way so no one forgets what has happened in the past! Too many want to deny the Holocaust happened.

    Good for you for listening and letting them know people care!
    1072 days ago
  • v 68ANNE
    I know some places are recording stories from the seniors and it sounds like these wonderful people have some amazing survival stories.
    1073 days ago
  • v SNOOPYMOMMA72
    I absolutely love to talk to seniors. Always have. I had a woman that was like my 2nd grandmother who also survived the Holocaust.
    She told me many stories and I always loved it. You cannot get history like that out of a text book.
    Usually seniors are very happy to tell others their experiences. Sometimes you can get them started and they keep going - love it!
    Good luck! I bet the more you talk to him, the more he will share. emoticon
    1074 days ago
  • v EWL978
    Many people from the holocaust are happy to discuss what happened....they are so (rightfully) afraid that it will be forgotten when they all pass away...just like a bad fairy tale! If at some time you can get him to open up, you could have some great information to pass along.
    1074 days ago
  • v KNITTINGNAN
    I retired after 20 years of working on an Alzheimers' unit in our county nursing home. I was an activities assistant, so I spent many hours listening to their stories, most of which were distorted. To keep them involved in conversations, I relied on family and friends who visited to provide facts that would trigger memories.

    How lucky you are to have that job. I miss my daily contacts with the residents. Cherish this time of your life because you will benefit far more than you contribute.
    1074 days ago
  • v SUGAR0814
    Seniors are so full of life experiences.
    1074 days ago
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    1074 days ago
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