The Center for Holocaust Education is proud to host the East Valley Generations After group for children, grandchildren and descendants of Holocaust survivors, as well as those interested in learning more about the impact of the Holocaust. Programs feature guest speakers, including Holocaust survivors, authors and educators. 

Yom Hashoah Commemoration
Monday, May 6 | 6 p.m. 

Reception at 5:30 p.m.

‘The Jewish Escape to Uzbekistan’
Presented by Sandor Lubisch

 Wednesday, May 15 | 10-11:30 a.m.  
Held at the East Valley JCC

On June 21, 1941, Adolph Hitler breaks the non-aggression pact with Joseph Stalin and orders the German Army to invade Soviet-controlled Eastern Poland with lightning speed. 
Teenager Yitzhak Barkan, along with his family, relatives and thousands of Jews, are affected by this sudden German invasion. They have to make an immediate decision to either remain in their small Polish town and face the Nazis, or flee by joining the Soviet evacuation to Uzbekistan. 
The historical fiction book, “Yitzhak’s Escape: The Jewish Flight to Uzbekistan,” is based on the true story of author Sandor Lubisch’s maternal family, who lived in the small Eastern Polish town called Bolechov. The author will share his family’s story during this Generations After session and will also sign books after his talk. Purchase the book here

About the speaker

Sandor M. Lubisch is a retired high school English teacher, reading specialist, professional development specialist, Arizona Master Teacher Mentor, and international education consultant.He serves as a committee member for various community nonprofit organizations and the Phoenix Police Department’s community advisory board.
Sandor has been a member of the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation since 1986.

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Holocaust education in Arizona 

View the Arizona Department of Education’s Holocaust education curriculum here.


Photos from past events 

Generations After programs include guest speakers, discussions and an annual Yom Hashoah commemoration.