Hear a Holocaust Survivor Testimony at the Library

Meet Zahava Rendler and hear her story at 6:30 p.m. at Boone County Public Library, Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington Kentucky, on Thursday, April 4 or Tuesday, April 16. We’ve scheduled Zahava for two speaking events in an effort to give everyone who wants to hear her story, a chance to hear it. Sign language interpretation will be available at the April 16 event.

Zahava was born Golda Feuerberg in Stryi, Poland on March 30, 1941. Her family operated a successful leather goods factory before the war, which was taken away once the Germans occupied the town. She and her family survived the Nazi invasion by hiding in an underground bunker with 28 other people. A factory employee named Stachek visited the bunker once or twice a week to bring supplies. Zahava and her sister, Pela, were the only children permitted to hide in the bunker. Zahava was very young and slept most of the time because she was given sleeping pills to keep her from crying and giving away their hiding place. On one of Stachek’s visits, he brought false identification papers under the name “Olga Pachulchak” so that Zahava could go into hiding outside the bunker. Through Stachek, Zahava’s father was able to secure a home for her with a Polish woman in a city not far from them. Zahava stayed with the woman for a year and a half until it became too dangerous and the woman placed her in a nearby convent.

It wasn’t until the war ended in 1945 that Zahava’s parents were able to leave the bunker to find her. After being reunited with her parents, Zahava’s family boarded a boat to take them to Palestine, but they were caught by the British and sent to a detention center in Cyprus. Eventually they were allowed to settle in Haifa, Israel, where Zahava officially changed her name from Golda to Zahava. She came to Cincinnati in 1963.

Don’t miss this chance to meet Zahava in person! Join us on either April 4 or April 16 to hear her remarkable story!

Call for Talented Teens and Adults!

Are you a musician, comedian, actor, or spoken word artist?  Do you dream of performing at the library?  Now is your chance!  Performances across our different  locations are some of our most popular events, and we’re always looking for fresh faces.  Northern Kentucky is full of talent, and we want to give you the stage to prove it!

Open Mic Night
Monday, June 10, 6:30 p.m.
Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington, Kentucky

Application link: https://goo.gl/forms/ZmX19rRcWj0m4ad33

Submissions for consideration due by 9 a.m. Monday April 15th.  Please send a sample of your work or any questions to kshackelford@bcpl.org and moconnor@bcpl.org. Submissions without samples will not be considered.

If you cannot submit a sample digitally, please contact us via the listed emails. Applications missing work samples will not be considered. A panel of judges will score entries. The top three will be featured in a longer performance later in 2019.

Rules for Entry:

    • Entrants must be over the age of 14
    • If you have performed at one of our locations in the past, you are not eligible to participate.
    • Submitting an application does not guarantee that you will be asked to perform.
    • The Library will determine the top submissions.
    • Entrants must submit file or link to sample of their talent.
    • Content that is sexually explicit, violent, racist, political, or deemed harassing or offensive in nature by the Library will be refused.

Good luck!