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Holocaust & Humanity Center Speaker Series
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
11:00am on Zoom

Guest Speaker: Sonia Milrod

Northern Hills Synagogue is proud to announce that our longtime member of the congregation, Sonia Milrod, was the guest speaker on the Nancy and David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center Speaker Series on Wednesday, April 29th at 11:00 AM on Zoom. Another of our members, Holocaust survivor Dr. Henry Fenichel, spoke on this series on April 15th.

Over 20,000 European Jews survived the Holocaust by escaping to Shanghai, China. Sonia Milrod's parents were among them. Her father, Jerry Milrod, fled Lodz, Poland when the German's invaded and made it to Vilno, Lithuania. From there, he, his brother, and several friends were among over a thousand who made to it Kobe, Japan based on a transit visa signed by Chiune Sugihara, and then to Shanghai. Her mother, Lydia Hernball, escaped with her family from Berlin right after Kristallnacht - first to Bangkok and then to Shanghai. Sonia will tell the amazing story of their very different journeys and also how they met and married in Shanghai.

Sonia is a professional educator, having been a classroom teacher, language arts supervisor, curriculum director, and assistant superintendent in California, Kentucky, and Ohio. Before retiring after 49 years in education, she co-developed and administered Mayerson Academy's internationally accredited Orton-Gillingham Multisensory Reading Program.

Sponsored by Margaret & Michael Valentine

Sonia Milrod


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