Irena Gut Opdyke

OHRC Member and Second Generation Speaker, Jeannie Smith, has one more reason to be proud of her mom. Righteous Gentile Irena Gut Opdyke, a Polish Catholic, was forced to work as head housekeeper for a prominent German major during the Holocaust. Over a two-year period of service, Irena risked her own life in order to protect the lives of twelve Jewish refugees whom she secretly took under her care.

Irena’s Vow is the extraordinary true story of one woman’s choice and the twelve lives that would ultimately be saved – or lost – by her decision. Irena’s Vow marks Tovah Feldshuh’s first return to Broadway since her incomparable performance in Golda’s Balcony.



Aigners Talk at PSU / Schnitzer

Les and Eva Aigner recently spoke at PSU. Nathan Meir, with the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies, wrote them:

“Your talk was an invaluable addition to the course and the students were deeply touched by your story.”





Ruth Bolliger
On Sunday, May 17, Ruth Bolliger again sang in the Defiant Requiem, this time inside Terezin (aka Theresienstadt). She participated in its world premier here in Portland in 2002, which was aired on OPB. Murray Sidlin, distinguished conductor and creator of this work, will again conduct; the choir this time drew singers from all over the world.


Al Wiener
Al was bestowed with an Honorary Law Degree from Lewis and Clark College at their commencement ceremony, on Saturday, May 23, 2009.




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