YSU Holocaust center seeks survivor stories

Helene Sinnreich and Lisa Jensen from YSU's Holocaust Center.

Helene Sinnreich, left and Lisa Jensen

The Jewish Community Relations Council is spearheading a project to collect the stories of the Holocaust survivors of the Mahoning valley.

Helene Sinnreich, director of the Youngstown State University Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies, is working on the project and is seeking the help of members of the Jewish Community to share their history with her and her research assistant, Lisa Jensen.

The team is searching archives, collecting oral histories, photos, artifacts and documents from anyone from the Mahoning Valley who was interned in a concentration camp, went into hiding or forced to flee Europe due to the Nazi regime and anti-Semitism.

Persons who have Holocaust survivors in their family, children of Holocaust survivors who live in the area and those who have relocated to the Youngstown area and have family who lived through the Holocaust are encouraged to contact the Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies to share their stories, photographs and other items related to the war period.

For more information, contact the Center 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 330-941-1604.