Jeannie Smith, the daughter of Polish rescuer Irene Gut OpDyke, shares her late mother's story as a Holocaust rescuer during the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne's Campaign Opener on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Temple.
A brave and inspiring figure, Irene received international recognition for her life-saving actions during the Holocaust when working for a high ranking German official. Irene's life story was recently told on Broadway in the nationally acclaimed play "Irena's Vow," starring Tovah Feldshuh. Irene's book, In my Hands: Memories of Holocaust Rescuer" gives the detailed account of her life during World War II and is used in classrooms around the country.
Jeannie is part of a new group of Holocaust speakers called 2nd Generation, who share their parents' first-hand stories. She said she tells her mother's story to encourage all that one person can make a difference.