At the Hall of the People of the Congress of the Republic of Guatemala, the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace (GEAP) held an event in honor of Holocaust survivor Bina Polonsky Einav. The activity was developed under the “Traces to Remember” project.
Authorities from the Legislative and Diplomatic Power, such as the German Ambassador in Guatemala, Harald Klein and Deputy Mission Chief, Yoav Katz, attended the event.
Also, representatives of the Israeli Embassy in Guatemala, deputies from different blocks, General Secretariat of the International Criminal Bar Association, the Spanish Advocacy Foundation, the Guatemalan Jewish Community and Activists for Peace.
Unveiling of the plaque
The commemorative event consisted of the display of a plaque in the form of the Star of David, which contains the survivor’s handprint, accompanied by a slide that presents a text with a brief description of what happened in the Holocaust.
Finally, Bina Polonsky thanked the GEAP and told her story during this event and how she survived with her family.
Days later she was removed from the place for wanting to put a star on her arm as her father did, then she went to live at the house of her babysitter, Fesia, and posed as her daughter. At the end of the war her sister Esther went to live in the United States of America.
Bina and her mother first passed by Guatemala to meet with Esther, country where they decided to remain because of the hospitality of the people. This has been her permanent home for sixty years.