Living Historians



The invitation:

As part of their Holocaust Studies program the Year 10 students, in small groups, have interviewed Perth Holocaust survivors and recorded their stories. The personal experiences of the “living historian” opens up a view of history that cannot be found in books. The lessons in life and insights that the students have gained from meeting with their allocated survivors will stay with them long after the project and their years at school have ended.

We usually have an evening where we invite the survivors and parents of the students to view their projects, but we felt that with the amount of effort the students put in to their work, one night is not sufficient. We will therefore be opening our very special exhibition to the Perth Jewish Community on Thursday 27 October at 7pm in the Breckler Troy Hall in the High School.

We invite you to come and view the students’ displays and gain some insight into the lives of the Perth Holocaust survivors and their experiences.

Shirley Atlas – Jewish History teacher

Carmel School, Perth Australia

I attended this excellent event which began with an introduction by Jewish History teacher, Shirley Atlas, followed by groups of  Year 10 students introducing their survivor’s story. We were then invited to view their presentations set up around the high school hall.

The survivors featured were from Poland, Hungary, German, Holland and Lithuania.

Here are a few photos taken on the evening

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Heiny Ellert’s team – video presentation:


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Olivia Walters, Yannai Goldberg, Aaron Grolman, and Teagan Joffe

Heiny’s testimony which I filmed for the Holocaust Institute in 2015:

The Neishtot-Tavrig KehilaLink


My visit in 2016

Žemaičių Naumiestis

Kalvarija Gymnazija & Survivor Meiškė Segalis


Kalvarija, Lithuania
City in Lithuania
Kalvarija is a city in southwestern Lithuania, located in the Marijampolė County, close to the border with Poland. Wikipedia
Population5,066 (2005)


The Kalvarija Gymnazija


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The library and museum

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The students with teachers – Daura & Arune – History & Giedre – English


The Turkish exchange students


Giedre talking about the visiting Turkish students

Video presentation by students – Meiškė Segalis


Meiškė Antanas Segalis- Miliauskas was born in about 1938 (original birth certificate is missing), his father Abraom-Povilas Segalis, who was born in 1920 ,was an artistic personality both a painter and an artist. He was a baptised Jew, his mother Adelė Balevičiūtė Segalienė Miliauskienė was a Lithuanian, she was a maiden and after the war a shop-assistant.


In summer 1941, father together with other Jews was taken to the stables. (It was built in the place where the boiler house is nowadays). Father was with son while mother was free. On the execution day, standing close to the ditch, father was ordered to give the son to the guard who later handed him to mother. At the shooting site (the beginning was on the hill, downside the military barracks, close to the old lime tree) there were three ditches as big as the area, later the corps were covered with something white ( most probably calx).

A rescued son was hidden at mother‘s friend Maryte Griciute home in Rugiu street in Marijampole. (The second house on the corner) She was a single woman looking after parents‘ farm.She was also Adele‘s peer and lived in the neighbourhood. A child lived quite freely and called her “Mom Maryte“, yet he was hidden from a public eye and till 1947 he was constantly taken to Kalvarija to stay at Virbickai or Malisauskai so that he could play with children. On December 15th, 1942, mother was deported to the labour camp in Sulihau, Germany.

On February 24 th, after liberating the camp, the mother came back home to Lithuania on foot, it took three months for her. Afterwards, she married, became Miliauskiene and changed her son‘s birth date and other documents. What is more, her son Antanas did not want to acknowledge her as a mother as it was very complicated for him to leave his care taker.

Meiškė Segalis’s documents

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Meeting survivor Meiškė Segalis

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Meiškė at the synagogues

Meiškė is looking for his family in Canada

Please contact me if you have any information about Meiškė’s family in Canada.


Here are my images from my trip last year:

My Jewish Virtual Heritage Tour post from 2015