Join us at Congregation Beth Israel for a presentation on this book celebrating the amazing life of Noémi Bán, a Holocaust survivor who escaped into Austria shortly after the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. She eventually found the courage to return to Auschwitz and to share her story. Remarkable Resilience: The Life and Legacy of Noémi Ban Beyond the Holocaust, written in Noémi’s voice by one of her closest friends, preserves Noémi’s messages of hope and healing.
This event is free but we do ask that you register to reserve your seat. Please note that masks are required by all at this event.
Holocaust survivor Noémi Schönberger Bán, born and raised in Hungary, was working as a seventh- and eighth-grade teacher in Budapest at the onset of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. After escaping Communist Hungary with her husband and two young sons soon after the Revolution, Noémi emigrated to the United States where she earned a second education degree at the University of Missouri and began teaching sixth grade near St. Louis. In 1980, where she was named Teacher of the Year. After retiring in 1982, Noémi and her husband, Ernest, also a Holocaust survivor, moved to Washington state. Ernest developed severe dementia and Parkinson’s disease, and Noemi became a fulltime caregiver. Shortly after Ernest died, Noemi decided to return to Auschwitz-Birkenau where she had been imprisoned and where most of her family was killed. After returning home, she dedicated the next three decades of her life to Holocaust education, making over 1,200 presentations throughout the United States and as far away as Hungary and Taiwan.
The author will be joined by Noémi’s son, pediatrician, Dr. Steven Ban, and by Dr. Ray Wolpow, Professor Emeritus and former Director of the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes against Humanity at Western Washington University.
Diane M. Sue received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, worked as a school psychologist and school counselor, and has taught adjunct courses in the education and psychology departments at Western Washington University. Diane has been recognized for her professional and volunteer work with children and families, receiving the Washington State School Psychologist of the Year Award and the Western Washington University College of Education Professional Excellence Award. Although Remarkable Resilience: The Life and Legacy of Noémi Ban Beyond the Holocaust is Diane’s first book in this genre, Diane has co-authored multiple psychology textbooks.