Against all odds, the entire nuclear family survived the Holocaust by hiding in the Nazi headquarters building in Warsaw, Poland. Not only did his grandmother survive as a deaf-mute but his mother, father, Allan (Adam) all escaped. Andrew, the miracle baby, was born in the midst of the Warsaw insurrection battle. Once arriving in America, Allan’s family thrived which has resulted in Allan’s granddaughter serving in the Whitehouse.
WHEN after the GableStage performance on January 29th at 4pm.
WHERE GableStage 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134
About Allan J. Hall
Allan Hall was born in Cracow, Poland, in 1935. He led a charmed life until September 1939 when the Nazis marched into Poland. Seeking safety, the family walked over 200 miles to Lvov where Allan was the first child picked up in the children’s pogrom in the Lvov Ghetto. With false identity papers, the family fled to Warsaw where Allan and his mother were arrested and taken to the train station to be sent to Treblinka. When the trains briefly stopped running, Allan was marched to an orphanage in the Warsaw Ghetto.
Allan’s father, passing as Aryan, rented an office in a high-rise building which housed German Air Force headquarters. Allan and his mother spent two years hiding in the closet in that office. During the Warsaw Uprising the family crawled under sniper fire to a bomb shelter where Allan’s mother gave birth to a baby boy. When the war ended, Allan’s father was arrested. Allan’ s mother sent Allen on a journey to freedom which he will describe in his lecture.
Fortunately, he eventually reached the U.S. where twelve-year-old Allan, unable to read or write, and not speaking a word of English, began school. He went on to graduate from the University of Florida and the University of Florida School of Law. He and his wife, Lori Gold, have three daughters and four grandchildren.