Bnos Malka Academy had the honor of hearing from Mr. Yani Halpert on Yom HaShoah, where he shared his experience during the Holocaust. Mr. Halpert, born in Slovakia, survived the war as a child in hiding, together with his family. Using maps, he showed the route of his journey. “The places and towns are all foreign to the girls. The maps can give them a sense of where we hid in the forests and how far we had traveled.”

His family was liberated from an underground bunker in the mountains at the end of the war. Mr. Halpert shared fascinating stories. Mr. Halpert shared the value of Shabbos. “Shabbos is what kept us alive and in good spirits.” Even without the physical pleasures, the k’dushas Shabbos gave them chiyus – life.