Jack Mandelbaum grew up in the port city of Gdynia, Poland, where his father, Mejloch, owned a fish cannery and where the family, including his mother Tzesia and two siblings, lived in a large apartment near the beach. Jack attended public school, had a tutor for Hebrew and religious subjects, and enjoyed racing his bicycle and collecting stamps. After surviving several concentration camps while still a teenager, he came to Kansas City with his Uncle Sigmund in 1946. Since 1975, he has spoken frequently of his Holocaust experiences to school and community groups. In 1993, with his friend, Isak Federman, he founded the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education.
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