Jewish Hall of Fame

Check out this list of things to do in the Jewish Hall of FameTorah Scroll

  • The Ancient Hebrew Scroll Project
  • Welcome to Israel
  • Holocaust Exhibit, including survivors telling their stories
  • SpeakersAnd More. . .

Schedule of Speakers inside The Casements

Speakers scheduled to appear:

Colleen Coughlin,  Anne Frank and The Holocaust                                                Colleen Coughlin, an eighth grader at Saint Brendan Catholic School in Ormond Beach, won first place at the 2018 Volusia County Social Studies Fair for her performance of, “Anne Frank and the Holocaust.”  Colleen did extensive research on Anne Frank and wrote a dramatic script to portray a “mature” Anne recounting her story.

“I hope to be a new voice, to tell the story of Anne Frank and the six million other Jews who died,” Colleen recently wrote.  “Their voices have been silenced, but I intend to continue to be heard.  In my performance, I portray the spirit of a mature Anne who has returned to talk of her life, the Holocaust, and the atrocities that took place.  I hope to reach people to make them understand the enormity of what happened, so they, too, begin to repeat the story and our combined voices become a defense against the evils of tomorrow.”

“A new generation of people are needed to bear witness,” Colleen said.  “Society must never be allowed to forget.”  Colleen will do her presentation before each Holocaust speaker, at 2pm and 3pm.


12pm – Robert Gandt – Author of Angels in the Sky, How a Band of Volunteer Airmen Saved the New State of Israel.  Gandt was born in Springfield, Missouri, and at age twenty he was the youngest aviator and officer then on active duty in the U. S. Navy. Gandt accumulated over 300 carrier landings and nearly 2000 hours in the A-4 Skyhawk, Gandt’s writing career began in the mid-1970s when he was based in Hong Kong.  His writing career includes 16 fiction and non-fiction works.


Angels in the Sky






1pm – Professor Nancy Duke – Associate Professor of History, Daytona State College.  How the World War I Paris Treaty affected the future of Jews in Europe and the creation of the State of Israel

2pm – Miriam Apfel – Miriam was born in Socnovitz, Poland. and was one of the thousands who labored Auschwitz. In all all too familiar story, she is one of a handful of family members who survived. All but nine of her family of 100 were killed.


3pm – Claire Soria – Holocaust Survivor.  In 1940, Claire Soria was only 5 years old when the Germans invaded Belgium.  Her parents, Nathan and Sara Mytnowiecki moved the family  from Poland to Belgium.  At some point, Claire’s mother found a Christian couple, Lambert and Lea Sabaux to take Claire in and hide her from the Nazis.  Soria was so afraid of being captured that she never attended school.  Claire Soria spent the whole time in hiding after seeing so many Jews taken by the Nazis and shipped off to concentration camps. Soria’s mother, father, aunt, and uncle were discovered and transported to Auschwitz where they all perished. After the war was over, Soria’s aunt was able to get her. All Claire Soria has left from her family is a wicker basket which was a gift from her father on her sixth birthday.  Inside the basket were photos of childhood photos of her family taken before the war.

Claire Soria A Community of Voices Claire Soria