Wendy Weisbrot

Wendy Weisbrot (MS, Elementary Education and Literacy) is a second-generation Holocaust survivor born in Buffalo. Her father, Joe Diamond (1929-2017), was a local Holocaust Survivor and active HRC speaker. Wendy is recently retired from the Williamsville School District where she was a teacher for 30 years. Human rights, civic literacy, and empathy/equity were always core components in her classroom. Wendy is Education Chair of the HRC, Co-Chairperson of our local Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah), and a Board Member of the Academy of Human Rights. She has been a volunteer and leader in the Jewish community for the past 25 years.

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Summary of Presentation

Joe Diamond’s story of survival during the Holocaust is a story of courage, resilience, and hope. Joe was born in Eastern Czechoslovakia where life was relatively stable for the Diamond family until WWII. In 1941, a German army invaded the tiny village of Seredne where restrictions were placed upon the Jews, and the deterioration of the Jews escalated quickly. In April, 1944 the Jews of Seredne were marched to the Uzghrod ghetto, and eventually transported by box car to Auschwitz Birkeneau. After surviving unspeakable horrors, Joe was sent on a forced Death March from Mauthausen to Gunskirchen where he was liberated by American troops. This presentation uses pictures, documents, and video clips of Joe sharing his emotional journey. The key lesson in this presentation is to learn from the horrors of the Holocaust, while promoting mutual respect, human dignity, and tolerance.


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