The babies of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp

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Photo: Isaac Applebaum

Isaac Applebaum, who was born in Germany 69 years ago, will speak about his legacy as a Bergen-Belsen baby. 

Many people know of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany as the place where Anne Frank and her sister Margot died during World War II. Fewer know that following liberation, 2,000 babies were born at Bergen-Belsen, after it was repurposed as a Displaced Persons camp for thousands of Jews who, at the end of the war, found themselves both homeless and stateless. That was 70 years ago. 

On Sunday, November 8, photographer Isaac Applebaum will be in Quebec City to talk about his personal legacy as one of the “Bergen-Belsen babies.” The presentation, in English, sponsored by Congregation Ohev Shalom Beth Israel, will take place at 3:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Old Quebec. 

Event coordinator Bobbi Zahra says, “The Jewish community in Quebec City is pleased to be able to present this important talk at St. Andrew’s. Holocaust education matters not only to Jews, but also to Christians, and the opportunity to present this event together is unique and welcomed.” 

Following Applebaum’s presentation, there will be a candle-lighting ceremony in commemoration of Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass), widely perceived as the first planned action of what was to become the Holocaust, in which 6,000,000 Jews were killed. 

For more information, contact event coordinator Bobbi Zahra at 1 (902) 329-1818, or [email protected].