Join Us as We Welcome Michael Gleiberman
One man’s story of survival
Thursday, May 11th 6:30 pm
Warwick Middle School Auditorium 401 Maple Street, Lititz
Free & Open to the Public
(12 years & older suggested)
~ Reception afterward celebrating Mr. Gleiberman’ s 90th birthday! ~
Born in Pinsk, Poland (now part of Belarus) in 1927, Gleiberman was a young teenager when the predominantly Jewish town became divided between the Germans and the Russians during the late 1930’s and early 1940’s. Under the Soviet regime of Stalin, he and his immediate family were deported to Siberia in 1941, labeled as “enemies of the people”. To get there, the family endured a grueling (but ultimately life-saving) week-long train ride to Siberia. Two weeks later, the Germans invaded The Soviet Union. The Jews of Pinsk were killed. This included 46 members of Michael’s family.
When World War II ended, five years later, the Gleibermans were allowed to leave Russia. They traveled to Stettin, Poland. Michael & his sister crossed the border clandestinely to the American sector of Berlin where they went to a Displaced Persons Camp. He spent 4 years in Berlin. In 1951 Michael traveled to the US while his parents & siblings went to Israel.
He was sponsored by the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society & sent to Milwaukee, WI. He learned the hotel business working in Wisconsin, Chicago, Atlantic City, & Lancaster where he met his wife, Carol. They are married 53 years, have 3 children & 5 grandchildren. They now spend half a year in Florida & half in Lancaster.
This free community event is hosted by the Warwick Education Foundation.