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The Never Forget Project

CreatedBy Samantha Mellman

The Never Forget Project was created as a dedication to the lives of my grandparents Emanuel and Gisela Moss, their relatives and friends. You will be able to follow their profound journeys through the Shoah or calamity known as The Holocaust



I obtained my master’s degree in journalism from Boston University in January 2015. This website is my master’s thesis. The content of this project includes:


  • Holocaust survivor testimonies
  • Perspectives from relatives
  • Holocaust Data Maps
  • Biographical history of my grandparents and fellow survivors


For any questions or feedback please contact me at


L’dor Vador From Generation to Generation

Listen to Their Voices and Remember Their Stories

Every picture below leads to a story. Each Holocaust survivor recounts what they remember during their survival under the Nazi regime. Emanuel and Gisela Moss’ children and grandchildren also continue to remember their family history and Jewish heritage. Lucy Jacobs and Joseph Feuer also share their testimonies as two of the few Auschwitz survivors alive today. Lastly, there are family pictures from before and after WWII and documents collected from Israel’s Holocaust Museum Yad Vashem from the loved ones my grandfather lost.


Photos of Manny and Gisela in the USA

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The State of Israel and Anti-Semitism Today

When the Holocaust ended it was more apparent than ever that the Jewish people needed a homeland of their own. A country where they can defend their rights to exist and prosper freely. Jews were living in Palestine long after the original land of Israel was conquered and re-conquered by several different nations. However, after the Holocaust waves and waves of Jewish migrants made their way to the land that was under control by Great Britain. When Britain wanted to end their mandate in Israel the United Nations proposed a 2 state solution between the Arabs and Jews. Conflict between the two groups immediately followed leading to the first Arab-Israeli war. The Jews were able to fight back Arab forces from all around them and established the first state of Israel in almost a millennium. The first Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion declared Israel’s independence on May 14, 1948. Since then, there have been many wars and conflicts between Israelis and Arabs and the road to mutual peace is a continuing to be an uphill battle. Several westernized countries and the United Nations have all proposed peace agreements for a two-state solutions and have spent millions in military supplies and aid on both sides. Over the last decades Israeli forces continued to occupy […]

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An American Love Story

    Emanuel and Gisela Moss were married on October 30, 1957 How does someone find their perfect match? Getting to know my own grandparent’s stories, the formula has to be 50% luck and 50% opportunity. My grandparents were lucky to survive the Holocaust, they were fortunate to be able to emigrate to the United States, and lastly through an extraneous connection they were brought together as lovers for life. Gisela was able to quickly make her way to the US shortly after the war was over in 1946, but Emanuel had to make a long recovery from near death after the concentration camp. His sisters Sarah, Ilona and himself visited their hometown again to see if any other of their family members survived, but no one else came and they could no longer go back to the home they grew up in. They made their way to Germany in 1946, but the emigration process took two years. Ilona and her husband Leon went to the newly formed state of Israel and had two children Jacobi and Rachel (Ruchala). Manny, Sarah, her husband Herman, and their young daughter Margaret boarded a ship to the United States. Gisela remained in New York after she emigrated, but Manny and his sister went to South Bend, Indiana, where […]

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Jewish Death Toll 1939-1945

Source: Routledge Atlas of Jewish History 8th edition by Martin Gilbert. Map:  Andreas Kunze, Creative Commons License, via Wikimedia Commons

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Concentration Camps

There were 20 Concentration and Death Camps built from the slave labor of Jewish prisoners. Not seen on this map are the additional 90+ labor camps that Jews were sent to work for the Nazis. They were building facilities, roads, ditches or tunnels and they were worked to death in miserable conditions. Emanuel’s younger brother Mordchai and father Eliezer were sent to Melk a sub-camp of Mauthausen in Austria where they either died from the inhumane working or living conditions or when the allies were bombing the Nazis they may have been caught in the cross-fire. Source: Routledge Atlas of Jewish History 8th edition by Martin Gilbert. Map: Andreas Kunze Creative Commons License, via Wikimedia Commons; Photo, Auschwitz gate: Muu-karhu, Creative Commons License, , via Wikimedia Commons. “Arbeit Macht Frei” is German for “Work Makes (You) Free”  

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