Estelle Nadel

Holocaust survivor Estelle Nadel shares her family’s harrowing tale so people never forget the systematic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of 6 million Jews.

One day after speaking to members of the Jackson Hole Jewish community, Holocaust survivor Estelle Nadel will address a crowd of students, families and educators at Jackson Hole High School.

Her presentation, set for 6 p.m. this evening in the high school auditorium, is geared toward middle school and high school families.

Nadel spoke Sunday at the Lodge at JH Conference Center, telling her story of survival after Germany invaded Poland in 1939 and answering questions from the audience.

The nearly 90-year-old Colorado resident’s story took on new meaning this year as anti-Semitism saw an international resurgence. Nadel told the Jackson Hole News&Guide she fears the Holocaust is being forgotten as parents across the U.S. oppose books in schools and members of Congress meet with white supremacists.

Nadel is currently working with Macmillan Publishers on a graphic novel for young readers, similar to “Maus,” Art Spiegelman’s now-controversial Holocaust book.

As the years stretch since the atrocities that triggered World War II, it is becoming increasingly difficult to hear from survivors like Nadel. Visits to Jackson Hole were also curbed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The last Holocaust survivor to speak in Jackson was Dr. Inge Auerbacher, who also spent time in local schools. Students in Driggs performed her play, “The Star on My Heart.”

Nadel has told her story for more than 40 years, since she was first asked by her daughter-in-law, a teacher, to speak at a school in California about the Nazi invasion.

“In my talk, I tell where I came from, what type of home I lived in, what kind of village I came from,” Nadel said. “I talk about 1942 and how we were able to escape and hide and what happened to my family.”

Contact Evan Robinson-Johnson at 732-5901 or ERJ@jhnewsandguide.com.

Evan Robinson-Johnson covers issues residents face on a daily basis, from smoky skies to housing insecurity. Originally from New England, he has settled in east Jackson and avoids crowds by rollerblading through the alleyways.

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