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Egon Salmon poses next to a painting of him which was made in Rheydt, Germany in 1933, when Salmon was 9 years old. The portrait traveled with him on the S.S. St. Louis, to Belgium, and eventually to the United States in 1940. The small photo leaning against the flowers pictures him with his mother, sister, and other passangers at his table on the St. Louis ship. Shortly after his arrival to the United States, he settled with his family on Staten Island and was drafted to fight overseas in the American Army.
Holocaust survivor Chaim Ben-Aron holds a photo of himself just after liberation. He poses in front of the Torahs at his son's synagogue on Staten Island.
Portrait of Auschwitz survivor Rachel Gottlieb holding a photo of her father. The last time she saw him, she handed him his tallis (prayer shawl) and tefilin (a prayer leather box containing verses of the Torah inscribed on parchment) in the Dragomiresti ghetto. Shortly after, he was killed in the crematorium at the Auschwitz concentration camp.
Maleatra Montanez says she called police to report her missing daughter, only to get raped by a cop. For the New York Daily News.
In 2007, everything fell apart for Harold Frydman. He stopped eating, bathing, and became homeless. He now lives in a residential housing program in NYC and struggles with severe anxiety and depression. For the Staten Island Advance.
Sandra King sits in a guest bedroom that John would frequently stay in her home and holds a photo of her son, John King, who took his own life on October 7, 2017.
Amani Badru at her senior prom with Susan E. Wagner High School at the Hilton Garden Inn on Staten Island.
Holocaust survivor Margot Capell holds the only photograph she has of her parents who died during the Holocaust. Capell was able to escape Nazi Germany and immigrate to England before arriving in the United States. She was saving up money to bring her parents to America, but it was too late.
Holocaust survivor Arthur Spielman holds a photograph of his family just before the World War II broke out. The whole family survived, living with fake Roman Catholic papers in Hungary, but he lost all of his extended family in the Holocaust.
Holocaust survivor Rachel Roth holding the only photo she has of her mother and three siblings. They were all killed in Treblinka after living in the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland.