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Emil Fish's Story

About Emil Fish

Emil A. Fish is a Holocaust survivor from the small town of Bardejov in Slovakia. In 1944, as a 9 year-old boy, he and his family were captured and arrested by the Gestapo. His father was sent to Buchenwald Concentration Camp and survived. He, his mother and sister were sent to Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp. In 1945, he, his mother and sister were liberated from Bergen-Belsen by the British Army. 

Mr. Fish and his family immigrated to Los Angeles in 1955. He is the founder of Emil Fish Enterprises and Regency Park Senior Living, Inc. He has served as President of Congregation Shaarei Tefila, Hillel Hebrew Academy and the Union of Orthodox Congregations, West Coast Office. Mr. Fish has also served as a member of the Jewish Community Relations Committee of the Los Angeles Jewish Federation.

In 2006 he founded the Bardejov Jewish Preservation Committee - a non-profit organization - with the mission to preserve and document the jewish heritage in Bardejov and to memorialize and honor its Holocaust victims.

In 2010, Mr. Fish was appointed by President Obama to the United States Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad, on which he still serves. He currently resides in both Los Angeles and Philadelphia. Among his many achievements, he is most proud of his 3 children and 12 grandchildren. 

To view the interview with Emil Fish, created by Names Not Numbers, click here.

Emil Fish: Creating a Center for Remembering and Understanding

“With the increase in anti-Semitism around the world, I realized the imperative of making sure there is never again another Holocaust,” says Emil Fish. “So I asked: How can we be active in its prevention?”

The question led Fish to establish the Emil A. and Jenny Fish Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, a center to train educators in the field of Holocaust and genocide studies and to provide programming to combat contemporary prejudices and hateful ideologies.

Read about the creation of the Fish Center here.

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