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Ellin hosts Holocaust Education Week: a conversation with Dori Ekstein about finding her family’s rescuers in Ukraine

November 6, 2022 @ 10:00 am

It took a war in Ukraine for Dori Ekstein of Toronto to finally find the family that saved her grandparents’ lives, and her mother’s during the Holocaust.

Just before Passover, Ekstein was taking part in a webinar held by the March of the Living program. She heard a speech by a British/Israeli aid worker about the work his group is doing in Ukraine, helping the roughly 18 Righteous Among the Nations who were still alive. That news prompted Ekstein to reveal that her mother and grandparents had been hidden by a Ukrainian family in their barn in Dolyna for two years, and how she had been searching for that family for years.

What Ekstein didn’t know was that a Ukrainian woman had been searching for her, too. Danuta Prots’s grandparents owned that farm in Ukraine, and she, too, had spent years trying to connect with descendants of the Jewish couple her own grandparents saved.

It was fate that the two should finally meet, albeit over Zoom and Ekstein was finally able to say thank you to the family —a family that is now, themselves, trapped in a country at war, again.

Ellin will be in conversation with Ekstein at the Neuberger Holocaust Education Week 2022 program, in Toronto, on Sunday Nov. 6, entitled “DIALOGUE FOR DESCENDANTS PRESENTS: FROM RESCUE TO REUNION”.

Listen to the original interview on The CJN Daily podcast, of The Canadian Jewish News, here:

Dori Ekstein (left) meets Danuta Prots via Zoom.

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