Five Holocaust survivors, all of whom met their spouses at displaced persons camps, will tell their stories on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus, 901 Rt. 10 East, Whippany.
Come hear the unbelievable story of Montclair resident Gina Lanceter, who escaped an almost inevitable death in the camps by jumping out of a moving train.
Born in Brody, Poland (now Ukraine), Gina Lanceter was wedged inside a cattle car heading to the Maidenak concentration camp. Knowing that almost certain death awaited them at the camp, Gina’s parents encouraged her to try to save herself by jumping off the train. She did — cracking her skull, spraining her ankle, and sustaining a gunshot wound. After being “rescued” by a number of Poles, including a priest, she was returned to the ghetto in Brody and ultimately became the family’s sole survivor. Alone and adrift, she met her husband, who was from her hometown, right after the war. They were married in Poland. Gina was 16 ½ and wore a black dress, the only dress she had at the time. Eventually the couple made their way to a DP camp. Mrs. Lanceter just became a great-grandmother for the first time.
The event, sponsored by the Holocaust Council of MetroWest, part of United Jewish Communities of MetroWest, takes place from noon to 2 p.m. and wedding cake will be served.
Wedding photo: Yad Vashem.