Holocaust survivor Helen Garfinkel’s World Ort Union Vocational Training School Diploma which she earned while living in Displacement Camp.
Helen Garfinkel lived at the Ainring, Germany Displaced Persons Camp from 1946-1949. The displaced persons camp (DP Camp) was a former German Air Force base located near Freilassing ten miles from Hitler’s palace. While at the camp she joined the Theater Troupe and pursued her education.
She met her future husband, Joe Greenspun, a Holocaust survivor from the Ukraine, at Ainring DP Camp. When the camp closed in 1949 Helen Garfinkel came to the United States of America when a Jewish agency sponsored her move to Piitsburgh. Joe Greenspun moved to Cleveland. They became reacquainted through a friend and were married in Detroit in 1951. In 1973 Mr. and Mrs. Greenspun settled in Orlando with their two daughters, Pauline and Rita.
In 1982 Mr. and Mrs. Greenspun were recipients of the Israel New Life Award. The Israel New Life Award is given to individuals who suffer the horrors of the Holocaust, are reborn into a new life in the United States, and distinguish themselves in service to the Jewish community.
Helen Garfinkel Greenspun was selected by Orlando Magazine, January 2010, as a “Good Neighbor Who Gives from the Heart” for her contribution to the Central Florida community volunteering for the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida.
Document courtesy of the Helen Greenspun Archives.