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A man in the Airman Battle Uniform smiles at a woman with red hair wearing brown shawl and an elderly woman in a blue, white and black shirt.

Col. Gerald Donohue, 19th Airlift Wing commander, has an avid conversation with Eva Zeno, Holocaust survivor and Agudath Achim Synagogue member, and Debby Steppach, Museum of Jewish Life-Agudath Achim director and creator, April 12, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Team Little Rock honored Holocaust victims and survivors with the annual Holocaust Remembrance event by hosting speakers affected by the Holocaust. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristine M. Gruwell)

An elderly woman in a wheel chair wearing a blue, white and black shirt holds a microphone up to her mouth in front of numerous people in the Airman Battle Uniform.

(Center) Eva Zeno, Holocaust survivor and Agudath Achim Synagogue member, discusses her Holocaust experience April 12, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Zeno described her experiences during and after the Holocaust to service members at the annual remembrance event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristine M. Gruwell)

A man wearing a black suit with a white undershirt and a blue tie stands at a podium speaking into a microphone while people in the Airman Battle Uniform look at him while sitting at tables.

Judge David Greenbaum, the son of two Holocaust survivors, describes his parents’ experience with the Holocaust April 12, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Greenbaum’s parents lost their entire family, to include their children, during the Holocaust. They managed to find each other and begin a new life with a new family when they immigrated to North America. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristine M. Gruwell)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. --

Team Little Rock honored Holocaust victims and survivors during the annual Holocaust Remembrance event April 12, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.

Attendees heard testimonies from a Holocaust survivor as well as a child of two Holocaust survivors at a luncheon.

“There are a lot of books and documentaries out there about the Holocaust, but nothing compares to hearing from someone who actually lived it,” said 2nd Lt. Hunter Rininger, 19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs officer. “Because this is such a rare opportunity to hear from a survivor, we couldn't be happier to have had over 100 members attend today.”

Eva Zeno, Holocaust survivor and Agudath Achim Synagogue member, discussed her hardships after the Holocaust while coming to the United States.

The second guest, though not a Holocaust Survivor but a child of two, described the pain his parents endured during and after the Holocaust.

Judge David Greenbaum, the son of two Holocaust survivors, described the difficulty his parents had on telling their story. He never heard their story until his uncle discussed it with him as an adult. Both of his parents lost their entire family, to include their children, during the Holocaust and met at a Displaced Persons Camp after the war.

A soup recipe from the Holocaust era was prepared and served during the luncheon for attendees to enjoy after the speakers.

“There aren’t a lot of people left who survived the Holocaust,” said Master Sgt. Charles Raper, Wing Plans superintendent. “It’s important for people to hear their stories and pass them on to future generations.”

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