In My Own Words with Judith Rapp Hara


April 30, 2021

Ernest and Sylvia Rapp

Join the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center for a live virtual conversation with Judith Rapp Hara, who will discuss her short book, "Journey: The Story of Ernest and Sylvia Rapp." This inspiring virtual event will be held May 12 from noon to 1 p.m.

Hara is the second daughter of Holocaust survivors, Ernest and Sylvia Rapp. Her book was written during the pandemic, honoring a promise made to her father. The prologue tells about a life-altering meeting with a man from her father's past. This meeting changes Hara's outlook on life and starts her quest to find out about her family's history.

Hara will share Ernest and Sylvia Rapp's story - an inspirational story of survival, faith, and perseverance. It is as relevant today as it was in the past. The theme "there are no coincidences" not only plays an integral part throughout the book, but continues to play a role in Hara's life to this day.

Judith Rapp Hara

At age 6, Hara and her family moved to the Orlando area where her father began a successful career as an architect. She was educated in the Orlando public school system and earned a BS in nursing in 1971 from the University of Florida. In 1982, she earned a MA in counseling from Rollins College. Hara has worked as an RN at Florida Hospital and the Orange County Health Department and a clinical specialist in psychiatric nursing in private practice.

She has been married to Robert Hara since 1971. They have two sons, Aaron and Jacob. The lights of her life are their two granddaughters, Eva and Lillia.

Her interest in the Holocaust and much of its literature comes from the many stories shared by her late parents. 

This event is sponsored by Culture Builds Florida, Arts & Cultural Affairs, and United Arts.

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For more information, call 407-628-0555.


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