(Forsyth County, GA) August 24 is officially “Peace, Goodness and Kindness Day” in Forsyth County in honor of a Holocaust survivor who will be speaking this week at the Forsyth County Arts and Learning Center (FoCAL).
Esther Basch, 95, lived through the Nazi occupation of her hometown in Czechoslovakia as a teenager and was later sent to Salswedel concentration camp to work in an ammunition factory when she was liberated days later by American soldiers. For months after that, she and other women lived in the previous German soldier’s living area and gained the nickname “the Honey Girl of Auschwitz” when she took a large jar of honey from town.
Today, she travels around to tell her story and speak about her experience.
The Forsyth County commissioners made the proclamation during their regular meeting on August 17.
Commissioner Todd Levent read the proclamation, which stated that “Peace, goodness and kindness day is dedicated to highlighting the positive potential of important unifying human principles to promote and spread peace, do good deeds and be kind to one another to build a more compassionate community and bring people from all walks of life together.”
Basch will be telling her story at a sold-out event of about 1,800 people at FoCAL this Wednesday, August 23. The event is a project of Forsyth County Schools, Chabad of Forsyth, Congregation Beth Israel and FoCAL.
For more information, visit jewishforsyth.org.
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