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Reflections of Second Generation Children of Holocaust Survivors'

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World War II ended nearly 76 years ago, and with it the barbarous extermination of 6 million Jews by the Nazis and their collaborators. Children of Holocaust survivors, today in their second half of life, reflect on the impact of the calamitous experiences of their parents on the development of their lives. Second generation to Holocaust survivors, today in the second half of life, are a very diverse group of individuals, as were their Holocaust survivor parent(s). This event will facilitate hearing their stories and how they view the impact of the Holocaust on different aspects of their lives throughout the years.


Ronnie Dunetz was born in the US to an Israeli-born mother and a Holocaust survivor father who immigrated to Israel at the age of 21. He is a senior life & business coach and group facilitator/workshop leader, specializing today in the "sage-ing process": the harvesting of wisdom in life transitions during the second half of life. He has lived extensively in East Asia, pursuing traditional spiritual and internal martial arts through the years.

His father, Max Dunetz, survived the ghetto, massacres, slave labor camp and Partisans of and around his native town of "Zhetl" (Dyatlovo), which is today Belarus. His father lost his entire family to barbarous killings in the Holocaust, rebuilding his life in the US and Israel to become a Jewish educator and journalist, preserver of Yiddish language and culture and the memory of the Holocaust.

Ronnie holds a Masters of International business management from the Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management. Today he is also a doctoral student at Ubiquity University, planning to write his dissertation on the creation of meaning, legacy and spiritual growth of children of Holocaust survivors, in their second half of life.



  • Nili Ben-Shlomo Noam was born in Israel, where she lives today, to a "Sabra" (Israeli-born) mother and a Holocaust survivor father from Poland. She has decades of experience as an alternative medicine therapist (reflexology), integrating global clinical training, while continuing a parallel career in acting- cinema and television. She is married and the mother of 2. Her father, Jechezkel Ben Shlomo, was born in Poland to the famous Wendrovnick family of cantors. When World War II broke out, Jechezekel, only 11 years old, was taken into the ghetto of the city of Lodz and eventually to Auschwitz. He survived various "death marches" and was liberated in the Bergen Belzen concentration camp. He and one of his sisters were the only children of the family in Poland who survived, while his mother and 7 siblings (some who were married with children), perished. Nili's father came to Israel after the war in 1947, serving in the Israeli War of Independence of Israel which led to the establishment of the State of Israel. Nili feels that the best compliment you can give her is when someone comments, "You are exactly the same as your father".
  • Noam Salpeter, MS, LMFT, has been working as a psychotherapist in a variety of settings for the past 3 decades. He currently serves as a senior staff therapist, clinical supervisor and trainer at a Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient program in Oakland, CA. Noam has special clinical interest in cultural, mind-body, and psycho-spiritual elements in the healing process in general and in trauma recovery in particular. While many clinicians focused on pathology in Holocaust survivors and their children, Noam developed interest in non-pathological and health-supporting elements in this legacy. Noam's mother and her parents escaped Nazi Germany before WWII. His father was born in Slatina (Czechoslovakia) survived concentration camps and the 'Death March.' Most of Mr. Salpeter's family members were killed in the Holocaust; he immigrated to Israel, where he had 1 surviving aunt, in 1949, becoming one of Israel's more respected journalists since the 1950's through his retirement in 2007. Mr. Salpeter’s professional focus was on Israeli economics and politics, international relations, and Jewish communities around the world. He passed away in 2016.
  • Roslyn Franken was born in Montreal, Canada to a Dutch-born Holocaust survivor mother who survived 11 concentration camps including three trips to the gas chambers at Auschwitz and the death march in Czechoslovakia. After the war her mother married Roslyn’s father, a Dutch-Indonesian Jew who survived the atomic bomb as a prisoner of war in Japan. When diagnosed with cancer at 29, Roslyn turned to her parents’ strength and positivity as inspiration in her fight to beat cancer and overcome many other life obstacles. She is an author and public speaker dedicated to inspiring people with hope and courage for creating positive and meaningful change in their lives and the world around them. Roslyn has a Masters degree in Applied Human Sciences specialized in Human Systems Intervention from Concordia University in Montreal and a certification in Organizational Psychology from the Professional School of Psychology in Sacramento, California. She wrote a book about her parents’ lives and their positive influence on her as the daughter of these two remarkable WWII survivors called Meant to Be: A True Story of Might, Miracles and Triumph of the Human Spirit. See Her book is being made into a movie currently in development.

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