Australasian Union of Jewish Students


Gen 3 Testimonies

As part of the 2018 AUJS International Holocaust Awareness Campaign, AUJS is collecting the testimonies of “third-generation” Holocaust survivors (i.e. testimonies of individuals whose relatives survived the Holocaust).

We at AUJS consider it of great importance for Jewish university students to feel empowered to share their family stories, to deepen university students’ understanding of the Holocaust. Through this project, we hope to exemplify the impact the Holocaust continues to have on Jewish students today. We hope that raising awareness in this manner will strengthen the fight against antisemitism and Holocaust denial, particularly on university campuses.


Lexi Kowal

Student at Monash University Clayton

Victoria, Melbourne


In 1941, Lexi's grandmother Mara was transported, through nightmare journeys, to several camps in the geographic invention of Transnistria, north of Romania. In the camps, Mara was forced to build swimming pools to drown child inmates. She narrowly avoided transportations to Auschwitz and, in 1945, miraculously survived the detonation of the work camp by the Germans. Aged 12, she was the only survivor of her family. 

Lexi has shared Mara's full story in her own words, as well as the impact it has had on her life and identity. Click here for the full testimony.

Noa Bloch

Student at Monash University Clayton

Victoria, Melbourne


In 1944, when the Nazis invaded Hungary, Noa's grandmother Veronika (Vera), together with her mother and two brothers, were sent to Bergen-Belsen, a German concentration camp. After months of hunger, typhus and life amongst over 36,000 unburied bodies, Vera was liberated by the British Army on 15 April 1945. 

Noa has shared Vera's full story in her own words, and detailed the impact it has had on her life. Click here for the full testimony.

Daniel Harvey

Sydney, Australia

In 1943, the Germans deported Daniel's grandmother Ruza, along with her niece Jelena, to Auschwitz. A few weeks after arriving in Auschwitz, the pair were deported to Langenbielau (Bielawa), a forced labour camp for women. In the camp, Ruza traded items with inmates of the neighbouring POW camp to stay alive. In May 1945, Ruza and Jelena were liberated and emigrated to Australia shortly after. 

Daniel has shared Ruza's full story in his own words, and detailed the impact it has had on his life. Click here for the full testimony.