Join Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation for an evening with Holocaust survivor Chaja Verveer. Verveer will share her story, her family's surviving photographs and artifacts and her challenge for the next generation to build a community of respect.
Verveer has spent years piecing together the events that shaped the first four years of her life. She was born in 1941 in German-occupied Holland where Jews were being isolated and murdered. With the help of the Dutch Resistance movement, one-year-old Verveer became Carla van den Berg and went into hiding, only to be betrayed in 1944 and sent to survive the exterminations camps. She believes that the traumas she endured as a child made her stronger, and she has dedicated her life to teaching the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.
She is now serving on the board of advisors for Holocaust Museum Houston and is a commissioner on the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission.
As an outreach program of Holocaust Museum Houston, Next Generation is dedicated to promoting inclusion among individuals through preserving the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides and cultivating awareness of these lessons in contemporary society. Membership is open to all individuals age 21 to 39.
A reception will take place at 6 p.m., with remarks beginning at 6:30 p.m.