Please join The Frisch School Family for
The Abraham and Fela Kolat z''l Memorial Yom HaShoah Program
Monday April 8th, 2013
The Frisch Yom HaShoah program has been dedicated in loving memory of Abraham and Fela Kolat z’l, parents of our librarian, Mrs. Beverly Geller.
The Kolats were Holocaust survivors from Poland. During the war, Mr. Kolat was held in seven different concentration camps, where he was forced to do hard labor with the constant fear of death. Mrs.Kolat was a slave laborer in Gleiwitz,a sub-camp of Auschwitz, from March,1942 to January,1945. She then was on the infamous Death March and was finally liberated in May, 1945. Almost all of their family members perished in the Holocaust.
Abraham and Fela married in 1947. After applying for immigration to both Palestine and the United States, they took the first way out of Germany and came to America in January, 1949. Despite their physical and emotional suffering and their lack of family support, money, or command of the English language, the Kolats were able to rebuild a life committed to Jewish values.
They raised their family (Mrs. Geller and her brother, David) in a home filled with Torah and mitzvoth. They worked long, hard days and were able to create a comfortable home for their family. Abraham and Fela were warm, loving people who doted on their grandchildren, three of whom attended Frisch. They were able to enjoy their family but never forgot those who perished.
It is our hope that the Frisch Yom HaShoah program will help keep alive the stories of Abraham and Fela Kolat and those of other Holocaust survivors so that their suffering and the loss of the Six Million will never be forgotten.