• 54°

Minkinow recounts Holocaust fear, escape to Bob Jones audience

Stan Minkinow and Robin Dauma met 15 years ago when he spoke to her class at Discovery Middle School. Minkinow recently shared his survival of the Holocaust with students at Bob Jones High School. (CONTRIBUTED)
Stan Minkinow and Robin Dauma met 15 years ago when he spoke to her class at Discovery Middle School. Minkinow recently shared his survival of the Holocaust with students at Bob Jones High School. (CONTRIBUTED)

MADISON – While banished to the Warsaw Ghetto in World War II, Stan Minkinow remembers praying nightly to ‘wake up and be a German boy’ so his family could be safe and healthy.

Minkinow shared his experience with about 90 Bob Jones High School students.

Robin Dauma, honors and advanced-placement English teacher, integrates a Holocaust study with Elie Wiesel’s, “Night.” Dauma met Minkinow 15 years ago while teaching his granddaughter Anna at Discovery Middle School.

Since 1999, Dauma and Anna have stayed in contact. Dauma’s students interview Minkinow annually.

Stan was Alexander and Sophia Minkinow’s only child. When Stan was nine years old, Gestapo soldiers forced his family to leave their middle-class home in Lodz, Poland and deported them to the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942.

Existing among thousands displaced by Nazis, the Minkinows endured hunger, cold and fear of deportation to concentration camps. Many either died in the ghettos or were shipped to camps.

“The Minkinows escaped the Warsaw Ghetto by bribing a guard and fleeing to a village in the Polish countryside and renting an apartment in someone else’s name,” Dauma said.

Stan’s father was Christian, his mother Jewish. His father was arrested and imprisoned briefly for involvement in the exiled Polish government. “Later, the family was reunited in Berlin. After the war, they spent time in a displaced persons camp,” Dauma said.

“Stan joined the U.S. military in 1948 after seeing an Army recruiting film in Berlin. He had a distinguished 27-year military career and settled in Huntsville after he retired,” she said. In 1981, he founded Alexander’s Jewelry in Huntsville. One of Minkinow’s three children, Kim, works there.

“What did you eat? What did you do all day?,” Bob Jones students asked Minkinow. Some questioned his past and present philosophy — “Did you as a child realize what was happening? How have you staved off resentment toward the Nazis?”

Is ISIS committing Nazi-esque violence, others asked.

Dauma believes contemporary resources can “support passionate teaching of events leading to the Holocaust and … its atrocities.”

Madison

Trash Pandas’ ‘A to Z Guide’ answers 100s of questions

Business Today

Trash Pandas’ President and CEO Ralph Nelson Resigns

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – April 21, 2021

Madison

Nick Samaras earns Eagle Scout rank with signage project at Madison elementary

Madison

Welcome, back! Members return to Madison Senior Center

Harvest

Hogan Family YMCA can boost children’s summer lifestyle, offers $0 join fee

James Clemens High School

Instrumentalists can improve talent at Madison Music Camp

Madison

Madison City Council members to hold town hall meeting Thursday, April 22

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Cotton Row Run Moved To Labor Day From Traditional Memorial Day Date

James Clemens High School

Alabama Consortium for Technology in Education awards James Clemens

Huntsville

Alex Cole earns Eagle Scout rank with school beautification project

Huntsville

‘Into the Woods Jr.’ to unfold on Madison Academy campus

LIFESTYLES -- FEATURE SPOT

What’s the significance of red poppies? American Legion has answers.

James Clemens High School

Massachusetts Institute of Technology selects Yewon Lee for institute

Madison

Elementary students excel in play at State Scholastic Chess Championship

Harvest

Groups can apply for Master Gardeners grant for horticulture projects

James Clemens High School

Madison teens’ yearlong practice culminates in 2021 State Scholastic Chess Championship

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Alabama State Games Offer Academic Scholarships

Bob Jones High School

Exploravision regional win goes to James Clemens

Bob Jones High School

Alabama State Games To Offer Academic Scholarships During Opening Ceremony

James Clemens High School

James Clemens shows its tech savvy in Science Olympiad

James Clemens High School

James Clemens Jets Press rates first at All American High School Film Festival

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – April 7, 2021

Bob Jones High School

Sam Uchitel at Bob Jones founds business for Madison CEO

x