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Branson Holocaust Survivor Living Testimony April 18

By April 2, 2023Missouri
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Branson Prayer/Action Chapter
Holocaust Survivor Erika Schwartz

If there is any part of history that has forever touched my life, it has been the study of the Holocaust. It is an atrocity we should never forget and a lesson we should teach our children and grandchildren. As a part of our remembrance, I would invite you to join us in commemoration of the Holocaust during Holocaust Education and Awareness Week. During this week, the Concerned Women (CWA) for America of Missouri Branson Prayer/Action Chapter will host Holocaust Survivor Erika Schwartz.

Erika Schwartz was born in a Hungarian Nazi ghetto in April 1944, just one day before the ghetto was sealed. Of the entire family, Erika and her mother were the sole survivors of the Holocaust. She will recount the story of the murder of her entire family and how she was able to change her life from one of depression and anger to daily celebrations of gratitude and joy.

Date: Tuesday, April 18
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Covenant Life Church, 120 N. 3rd St., Branson, MO
What: Branson Prayer/Action Chapter meeting.

We will also host a CWA of Missouri information table at the following Holocaust Education and Awareness events on Tuesday, April 18. Support for Israel is one of CWA’s core issues. We would love for you to stop by and say hello!

Date: Tuesday, April 18
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Freedom Encounter Theater, 3220 Falls Parkway, Branson, MO

What: The Yom Ha Shoah Opening Exhibit from the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem: The Israel and Reception Exhibit: 24 Panels, and the “Righteous Among the Nations Reception.”

As a part of the remembrance, we will celebrate the life of Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch Christian. Corrie ten Boom received recognition from the Yad Vashem Remembrance Authority as one of the “Righteous Among the Nations” on December 12, 1967. Corrie was born on April 15, 1892, and died on April 15, 1983. We will celebrate Corrie ten Boom’s birthday with cake and a birthday party!

Date: Tuesday, April 18
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Freedom Encounter Theater, 3220 Falls Parkway, Branson, MO
What: Susan Sandager of Albuquerque, New Mexico, will perform “Corrie Remembers” from Corrie ten Boom’s own reminisces of her family’s Holocaust experiences. This one-woman show is about the life and legacy of Corrie ten Boom.

Contact: For additional information, contact Haven Howard at 417-263-0425 or via email at

I hope you can attend one of these events in honor of Holocaust Education and Awareness Week. And, if you haven’t had a chance, pick up the book The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. Corrrie’s story reveals God’s hand in our lives no matter the sorrow and fear that surrounds us. You will be forever changed by her story. 


Tracy Dougan
State Director