Rachel Miller, one of the countless hidden children of the Holocaust, has a story some would struggle to share.
“I am a human being, but I’m also history,” Miller says. “The sad part is that only 40 percent of young people know about the Holocaust. It’s my responsibility to my family that I love and to the 6 million Jews that were murdered to tell my story wherever I can, at any time I can.”
Miller began sharing her story after the St. Louis Holocaust Museum & Learning Center opened in 1995 and asked survivors to speak, and she hasn’t stopped since.
“I’ve been involved in the Holocaust museum for 25 years,” Miller says. “I have spoken for many thousands of people, young and old. I get a lot of responses, which tells me that I have connected with the people to whom I have spoken, and that makes me feel good.”
Miller also volunteers at the Better Business Bureau and the St. Louis Symphony, and co-founded the nonprofit Shaving Israel, which aids in providing basic necessities to Israeli soldiers.
“This is my life story,” Miller says. “When I became an adult, I became aware of what my mother did. She saved my life. I would not be talking to you if she hadn’t sent me away. I would have died in Auschwitz like they did. I’m grateful to her, and maybe she wanted me to tell the story, and that’s why she saved me.”