Last week we were privileged to have Dani Gold, a Holocaust survivor originally from Siauliai, Lithuania, who told us the story of his survival. When he was four years old the Germans occupied Lithuania, and the Jews of Siauliai were enclosed in a ghetto. During the actions in 1943, Dani was one of few children to remain hidden while the ghetto was rid of nearly all elderly and young inhabitants. Throughout the remainder of the war he was in hiding with his aunt, uncle and cousins with Lithuanian peasants. Having learned his father had been liberated by American forces in Dachau he traveled to Munich in hopes to be reunited with him. A few years later he and his father made Aliyah and began to build their lives in Israel where he quickly joined the Air Force. Later, he served as pilot in the Six Day War, the War of Attrition, the Yom Kippur War and first Lebanon War.
Daniel went into academia, attaining the position of Professor in the field of medical microbiology. Although being retired for the last nine years, he continues to teach medical students on a voluntary basis. On the same basis, he also served for several years in the Israeli police force, as traffic policeman.
It is always a treat to have survivors come speak to our students. It is a priority of the Weiss-Livnat International MA in Holocaust Studies Program to subsidize our academic content with personal stories of survivors while we are still able to provide such opportunities. Including Holocaust survivors’ narratives, faces and names is an essential part of our mission, and we are glad Dani Gold was able to bring personal meaning to the facts our students learn through their academic approach to Holocaust Studies.
Interested in applying for our MA in Holocaust Studies Program? You can find the application and more information at our website: http://holocaust-studies.haifa.ac.il/