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Children of the Holocaust: The survival story of Pawel Lichter.

Also on Arizona Spotlight: An upcoming benefit looks to bring peace back to Sonoran Desert skies; and a new song from Gabrielle Pietrangelo.

COTH Pawel Litcher 1 unsized VIEW LARGER Pawel Lichter in Warsaw at the Kino Muranów fountain. Not long after this was taken, Germany invaded Poland. Pawel was eight years old.
Courtesy of Pawel Lichter

Arizona Spotlight

February 9, 2023

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Featured on the February 9th, 2023 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:

  • “Children of the Holocaust” is a living-history project launched by AZPM. Project producer Laura Markowitz interviewed 19 survivors who were children during the Holocaust, and now live in Southern Arizona. This week, hear the story of a survivor who fled Poland when the Nazis invaded, and went East into the Soviet Union.

Time is truly running out to listen and bear witness to the stories of Holocaust survivors. On the morning that this story first aired, February 9th, 2023, Pawel Lichter passed away. He was 91 years old. He is survived by his loving wife Sara, his three daughters, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

COTH Pawel Lichter 7 unsized VIEW LARGER When the war was over, Lichter was 14 years old. His uncle helped the family emigrate to Mexico.
Courtesy of Pawel Lichter
COTH Pawel Litchter 3B unsized VIEW LARGER Lichter, with his father and his sister, Gina.
Courtesy of Pawel Lichter

COTH Pawel Lichter 6 hero After the Holocaust ended, Lichter and his family returned to Rypin and discovered that their building had been turned into apartments. The family never recovered their property, nor were they compensated for their losses.
Courtesy of Pawel Lichter

COTH Pawel Lichter 10 unsized VIEW LARGER Pawel self-portrait.
Courtesy of Pawel Lichter
  • The U.S. Air Force has new plans to escalate training over the Sonoran Desert, the most biodiverse region in the continental United States. These low-altitude military maneuvers risk harming conservation areas as well as Tribal Lands. The Peaceful Sky Benefit is sharing awareness of these proposals between February 19th and the 22nd, using the mediums of art and music. Mark talks with two of the participants about what to expect. You can donate to the cause through the Peaceful Sky Benefit Gofundme.
AF Map peaceful sky unsized VIEW LARGER Created for Peaceful Gila Skies for general educational purposes by Opening Spaces, 2022
Carrier of life unsized VIEW LARGER The Carrier of Life mural by Lynnette Haozous 2019, Harwood Arts Center Encompass exhibition, Albuquerque NM
Peaceful sky poster unsized VIEW LARGER Poster for the Peaceful Sky Benefit taking place Feb. 19 - 22, 2023.
  • Plus, a new song from Tucson musician and songwriter Gabrielle Pietrangelo called “El Gran Altar". Pietrangelo says It was inspired by the El Pinacate wilderness in northwest Sonora, just south of the U.S. / Mexico border. Gabrielle Pietrangelo will be among many artists contributing to The Peaceful Sky Benefit, playing a show at Groundworks on February 22nd at 7:30 pm, all ages admitted.
Gabrielle Pietrangelo spotlight Gabrielle Pietrangelo performs at Hotel Congress on Jan. 2, 2022. This was her first live show since March 2020.
Photo by C.Elliott Photos

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