Berks History Center to honor local Holocaust survivors

The Berks History Center is proud to present the story of Sidney and Esther Bratt, Wyomissing residents as told by their granddaughters, Michele Leisawitz and Stacy Seltzer.

Stacy currently serves as president of 3G Philly and will share more about the organization and its mission at the conclusion. The program will consist of the Bratt’s compelling stories of survival during the Holocaust.

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This event will be held on Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at 3 p.m. at 940 Centre Avenue, Reading, Pa. in the Terrence E. Connor Auditorium. Parking is available at the Henry Janssen Library directly behind the Berks History Center.

This special event will be held in collaboration with the Jewish Federation of Reading/Berks and the Edwin & Alma ‘51 Lakin Holocaust Library and Resource Center.

Berks History Center’s president, Susan Atkins Weiser states, “One of my first initiatives to tackle, as I stepped into this role, related to the important topic of awareness between the Jewish community and Berks County. A project introducing exhibits representing the rich history and contributions of our Jewish population in conjunction with more programming on this subject. Change and inclusiveness can only generate from all of us as we listen and learn, never forget, and work together towards a brighter future.”

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The fee for this event is $8 for non-members and $5 for BHC members. All proceeds will benefit the Edwin & Alma N. ’51 Lakin Holocaust Library & Resource Center. Admission to the museum is included and payment will be accepted at the door on the day of the event.

Pre-registration is required. Please register by calling the Berks History Center at 610-375-4375 during their hours of operation, Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For additional information and a schedule of upcoming programs, visit

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