Team members at Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall in Tunica, Miss., had a remarkable experience at a National Holocaust Remembrance Day event featuring the personal experiences of two survivors.
The event was a key initiative of the Sam’s Town Tunica Diversity Committee, organized by committee member Alan Handler, the property’s Food and Beverage Operations Manager.
“As a member of the Memphis Jewish community, I was proud to be able to share this experience with fellow team members,” said Handler.
Nearly 40 team members attended the event on Friday, Jan. 27. The hour-long event featured the experiences of Jewish survivors Jack Cohen and Warren Kramer. Cohen, a native of Greece, was joined at the event by his wife Anna and daughter Sara Beth, and spoke of his experience in hiding with his family after German occupiers began arresting Jewish Greeks. And Kramer, originally from Nuremburg, Germany, spoke of his escape via kinder transport, a rescue effort that moved refugee Jewish children to Great Britain, at only 14 years old.
Toni Burns, Vice President and General Manager at Sam’s Town Tunica, was honored to be able to host such an important event.
“I believe everyone who attended was deeply impacted by these two men and their incredible stories,” Burns said. “Being able to hear this history retold first-hand is such a remarkable experience.”
“You could see tears running down team members’ faces, as well as a total concentration on what the speakers were saying,” said Handler. “It was a compelling event, and one many team members were grateful to have the opportunity to attend.”