The Buffalo Jewish Federation is proud to shine a spotlight today on Ellen Dubie, a second-generation Holocaust survivor. Born in Boston, MA, Ellen moved to Buffalo 9 years ago to be with her father, Stephan Lewy (1925-2021), a Holocaust survivor who was an active speaker in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Western New York. Stephan was born in Berlin in 1925 and grew up in the Auerbach Orphanage where he lived through Kristallnacht hiding in the orphanage’s synagogue. Stephan was then sent on a Kindertransport to France in 1939 living in both occupied and unoccupied zones. In 1942, Stephan was able to get passage to the United States and in 1943 he was drafted into the US Army. After the war, Stephan returned to the US.
Ellen is the Program Administrator of the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program at the University at Buffalo. She is a past board member of HERO and helped to plan several Yom HaShoah Commemorations. Ellen also was a participant in our second-generation speakers bureau training cohort this summer. Recently, Ellen shared her father’s incredible Holocaust story with students at Canisius University and for the JCC, TBZ and HERO joint Kristallnacht Commemoration.
If you would like more information about inviting a speaker like Ellen to address your school, organization or business, please email HERO Director Lauren Bloomberg here.