By Alabama Holocaust Education Center
Ruth Scheuer Siegler and Ilsa Scheuer Nathan were as close as sisters could be. Not only did they and their families spend much of their lives together in Birmingham, they were also inextricably connected by a childhood experience that no one should have ever had to endure, as Jewish survivors of the Nazi death camps.
Last month, on Aug. 23, Ilse died at the age of 98. On Sept. 3, Ruth passed away at age 95. Their deaths bring ever closer the day when the last Holocaust survivors living in Alabama are gone.
Despite their passing, Ilse’s and Ruth’s story of survival as orphans and survivors of the Holocaust – both of their parents and their brother perished in the camps – will live on and continue to be told, thanks to the work of the nonprofit Alabama Holocaust Education Center. Both sisters were involved in the work of the center and its mission to educate Alabamians about the history and lessons of the Holocaust.
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