18 2022

Teaching the Holocaust Through the Lens of a Graphic Novel

3:00AM - 4:30PM  

Media literacy expert Frank Baker will introduce his new book – “We Survived the Holocaust” – at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 18, in Tree of Life Congregation at 6719 North Trenholm Road in Arcadia Lakes.

The book focuses on the experience of longtime Columbia residents, the late Felix and Bluma Goldberg, survivors of the horrors of Auschwitz and Dachau who met at a displaced persons camp in 1945, moved to the U.S., and built a successful floor-coverings business that still operates here in Columbia.

Baker’s book describes the Goldbergs’ experience through words and active artwork to both educate and alert readers to what happened then and the prospects of such horrors recurring as antisemitism and other forms of racism and bigotry show signs of re-emergence in today’s society.

The Goldbergs were active, beloved members of the Columbia Jewish community. One of their three children, Karl Goldberg, will speak at the Sept. 18 gathering, as will Dr. Jeff Eargle, a USC education professor and longtime Holocaust educator with a specialty on the impact of comics as a legitimate media.

Baker, a longtime member of Tree of Life, is a media education consultant who has authored two books on that topic and conducted hundreds of workshops with teachers worldwide. He also has been recognized for his lifelong work by UNESCO’s Global Alliance Partnership for Media & Information Literacy.

The Tree of Life presentation of “We Survived the Holocaust” is free but RSVPs are encouraged by registering at The book is available for $20, also online at, and Frank and Melanie Baker are kindly donating proceeds to help support programming at the synagogue. For more information, contact Frank Baker through his website at or at