Originally Published: March 27, 2015 6 a.m.
Prescott Unitarian Universalist Fellowship's topic for the Sunday, March 29, 10 a.m. service is a presentation by Harold (Henikel) Minuskin, Holocaust survivor, based on his book, "My Children, My Heroes: Memoirs of a Holocaust Mother."
His book is a testament to his mother, whose incredible survival instincts enabled her to save her two small children. The book includes his mother's WWII memories and descriptions of partisan battles against their German oppressors, some of which will be described in Minuskin's talk.
Minuskin was born 1938 in Zhetel, Poland, now part of Belarus. He was 3 years old when the Germans invaded his predominately Jewish town. The German intent was to kill all Jews in his town. Harold and his family - mother, father and younger brother - survived because they escaped into the Belorussian forests and joined the Jewish Partisan resistance fighters. For almost three years, they were hunted and lived in fear, without adequate food, shelter, medicine or clothing.
For more than 50 years, Harold worked in his profession at aerospace, commercial and government organizations. In 2011, he retired from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory located in Pasadena, California, where he was employed for 22 years as a senior electrical engineer. JPL is the research center of the California Institute of Technology, under contract to NASA.
The Fellowship is located at 945 Rancho Vista Drive in Prescott. Special music will be provided by Gabriel Schirn.