In observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, The National WWII Museum presented a virtual webinar with Mr. Steven Hess on Wednesday, January 27 at 6:00 p.m. (CT) / 7:00 p.m. (EST). He and his twin, Marion Ein Lewin, were born 45 minutes apart on January 14, 1938, in Amsterdam, Holland—children of German-Jewish refugees who had fled the Nazis. They are among the few twins who survived the concentration camps, and at this point quite possibly the last.
Following the Nazi invasion and occupation, the Hess family was first taken to the Dutch transit camp of Westerbork before being sent to Bergen-Belsen, where they managed to survive for over a year. They were among the fewer than 5% of Jews deported from Holland and still alive at war’s end. Hess will speak about their experiences and how they survived against all odds.
Hess lives in Rochester, New York, Mrs. Lewin resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He served four years of active duty as an officer in the US Navy.
Sponsored by Taube Philanthropies, the event is part of the Taube Family Holocaust Education Program.