"Anyone can go to the Holocaust museum [in Washington DC] but not everyone gets this experience." ~A. Speitel (student, 17)
Peco/Exelon Employees Hear Michael Herskovitz Speak
Holocaust survivor Michael Herskovitz told his Peco/Exelon audience that one Saturday morning, in 1942, his normal middle class existence came to an abrupt end when German soldiers marched into his small village in Czecklosovakia. He saw disrespect, abuse, cruelty, and murder as he and his family moved to tent cities, railroad cars, and finally concentration camps. Separated from his mother, sister, and wrenched from his father in a blink of an eye, he endured until allied forces freed him from his German guards literally days before he would have died from hunger, infection, and Typhus fever.
Herskovitz’s presentation was the fourth time in the last six months that the Holocaust Awareness Museum teamed up in with Peco/Exelon’s diversity and inclusion seminar program. A dozen Peco/Exelon staff members listened intently and respectfully as Hershkovitz described his route from Europe through Israel and, eventually, to America and Philadelphia where without a word of English and no money, he found a job, went into business, bought his first house, and returned to a middle class existence that was denied to his family during the war.
The seminar discussion concluded with questions from Peco/Exelon staff members who were curious about the fate of Herskovitz’s family and his ability to withstand deprivation. Finally they praised him and thanked him for the courage to come and tell his story. One member said, “I never knew or thought about the Holocaust. You have given me an opportunity to re-examine my life. Thank you!”