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Joseph Sher

Joseph Sher sits in his front room with his family photographs spread out on a card table. He is one of the minority of HolocaustHolocaust: is derived from the Greek word "holokauston" which originally meant a sacrifice totally burned by fire. In the 1950's the term came to be applied to the destruction of the Jews of Europe by the Nazi German state.

"Holocaust" is also used to describe the annihilation of other groups during World War II.

The Hebrew word "Shoah" meaning catastrophe or destruction also denotes the attempt to destroy European Jewry during WWII. "Shoah" first appeared in this context in a booklet concerned with aid for the Jews of Poland published in Jerusalem in 1940.Source: Encyclopedia of the Holocaust.
survivors who have family photographs from before the war. He recovered these photographs from the courtyard of his apartment house, where they had been thrown in a trash heap. Mr. Sher said that he would not be able to remember what his family members looked like without these photographs.

Photo Credit: John Menszer