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January 27, 2012
Apr 22, 2012 @ 09:48:15
I couldn’t really figure out what is your “mission” and specially what is your connection to Ascher’s Institute. It would be interseting for me as a former pupil…
Thanks for answers!
Apr 22, 2012 @ 11:39:13
My research focuses on documenting the stories of Jewish child survivors of the Shoah who were rescued into Switzerland during World War II. I have been interviewing those child survivors who were ages 7-19 during the war, who were allowed to remain in Switzerland. I’ve interviewed 50 survivors so far and have 10 more names as of now. As I am based in Lausanne, Switzerland, to conduct this research for the academic year, I’ve become very interested in locating the actual places where Jewish refugees were- the “camps d’acceuil”, which mostly don’t exist in their original form, the “kinderheims” and other schools, hotels, maisons, that were established to house refugee children. I interviewed a survivor who was at Institut Ascher during the war as a refugee, which encouraged me to learn more about this place. I was able to visit the building, which is now run by an organization that works with migrants and refugees in Switzerland today, and take many photos there to support my research. I personally find it fascinating that the building is still used to house refugees today, and that it still bears the markings of the mezuzot on the doors from it’s Ascher days. If you have any information about the Institut during the war years, or know anyone who was there, please let me know! I hope this answer helped!
Apr 22, 2012 @ 11:55:06
hi samantha! sorry for my silent laughing having thought to adress my request to a (male) sam … 😉
some things brief to mention- have to leave …
as described, i am a former (late) pupil in the years 19737/74
there is a facebook site of other people from ascher’s with 34 members and a list of more than 230 names
one of myfacebook contacts is working on the same subject you are. he is a producer and his name is mich lewinsky.
tell me something about you. from where are you? what’s your age?
Edith Feuchter nee Friedlander
Apr 13, 2013 @ 20:23:00
My name is Edith Feuchter(Friedlander) and I was in
Institute Ascher Bex as a refugee/child age 11 from
Apr 14, 2013 @ 02:41:35
I’d love to know about your work. I am the child of survivors and came from the US to Aschers in 1963-64 as a teenager. I currently live in NY, am working on a MA degree in Jewish History and am interested in hearing as many survivor stories as possible. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward.
Jan 09, 2016 @ 01:04:56
I was one of the Ascher children in Bex-les-Bains, during 1944-45. I was then 6-7 years of age. Name: Markus Wajsfeld. Also my sister: Annie Wajsfeld. I am today called: Mordecai Paldiel.
I wonder where I can retrieve records of my stay in Ascher’s group. I was told by my mother (who was in another place in Switzerland) that Ascher complained about my bad behavior.
Where can I get some documents on myself in that place?
Aug 25, 2016 @ 23:28:45
Shalom uvracha, Mordechai!
Please contact me thru d.bader(at)freenet.de!
Jan 09, 2013 @ 02:28:45
I am a former pupil of Institute Ascher, 1963/64. I’m doing some research on the starting dates of the school and the family that ran it, and how the school itself was passed from one generation to the next….imagine, I have forgotten all those details.
Is there anyone out there who can furnish these details to me or tell me where to look?
Jan 09, 2013 @ 05:04:20
please send me more of your details to my email-adress d.bader(at)freenet.de. There is a group of former pupils in facebook (Institute Ascher Bex/IAB). You are welcome to join us.
Evelyne Jacobson Pluznik
Jan 13, 2013 @ 11:19:07
Hi Karine, I wonder when you were at Ascher’s.I was there around the years 1963, 4 or 5. I can give you some uptodate info of the Ascher family
Jan 14, 2013 @ 06:30:16
as far as I know you are from Zurich and were at Ascher’s 65-66 and live in Tel Aviv today …
Would you please contact me (d.bader(at)freenet.de)?
There is a group of former pupils in facebook (Institute Ascher Bex/IAB). You are welcome to join us.
Jan 20, 2013 @ 17:20:47
I remember you!! You had blond hair, a wonderful smile, great disposition and lived in Zurich You were/are a good friend of Beverly Weber. Cecille Hendeles/Cohen was there at the same time. We came from Los Angeles, California.
I was tall and very overweight. I am still tall. : )
Now, I reside in Brooklyn, NY; Beverly lives in Monsy, NY; and Cecille lives in Los Angeles. We keep in close touch.
I’m not into facebook, etc. However, I would love to keep in touch with you via email. I’m not planning any trips right now to Israel, however, if there is a reason for you to come to NY, please let me know.
I would like to know when Maurice Ascher opened the school and through what years he ran it. Do you know the date that Simone Ascher took over?
I look forward to hearing from you,
Jan 10, 2013 @ 16:18:20
I will email you today with more information about my research. I would also definitely recommend you email Daniel Bader, who commented above. He is a wonderful person who has been keeping up with the former students of IAB.
Daniel- All the best for a Happy New Year!
Jan 10, 2013 @ 17:27:35
wishing you a happy and successful new year, too and thanking for your compliments!
Jan 20, 2013 @ 17:23:52
I’m not a facebook person. Could you please email information about your work at email@example.com? I am most interested in your work.
Feb 22, 2013 @ 18:02:06
Hi all you above
I was a IAB student from Zurich in 1961/62. And my mothers cousin was there some 30 years earlier,
I remember several teachers of my time and, of course, the Ascher family.
As I am not a facebook person you can leave a message at this forum if you would like me to contact you.
Feb 25, 2013 @ 12:51:47
I would be delighted to correspond with you as I am not a facebook person, either. I was a teenage student at Ascher’s 1964-65 from Los Angeles, California. I currently live in Brooklyn, New York.
Please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you.
Feb 25, 2013 @ 17:18:23
so you should have known probably:
Alt Yaacov (Julius), Brandmann David, Cohn Fane, Fischel Marek, Friedlich Moses (Moniek) and Simon, Friedmann Avraham and Jossi, Guggenheim Steven, Haussmann Miguel, Kugelmann Daniela and Ilana, Picard Laurent, Rachminov Giora and Nizza, Reiss Roger, Rothkopf Jacky, Ruthi Fuchs, Sherman Philis, Tenne Jaacov, Trachtenberg Fritz and Trachtenberg Hillek, Walch Roland, Wurman Jimmy, Moniek, and Rosi…
Oct 10, 2013 @ 17:30:42
Hi Daniel Im from brazil and saw that you wrote abt some students and Tenee Jaacov was at the same time that i was. And Phillis Sherman also , Do you know how i can contact them??? Thanks. And is Ascher Institut still open?? Thank you Judy
Aug 16, 2013 @ 08:18:25
חזרנו אתמול מטיול שורשים עם אבא שלנו שנולד וגדל במקום. נשמח לשמוע על.מה מדובר ולעזור כמיטב יכולתנו.
Aug 16, 2013 @ 16:55:16
Pleas look at your facebook, Moshi!
I sent you a mail
Oct 09, 2013 @ 13:45:01
Im a former student of Ascher Institut and i’m in Switzerland and would like to know if it is still open so i can visit it. Im from Brasil and studied there 1966/1967.
Mar 02, 2015 @ 20:33:12
Judy sou brasileiro e tambem estudei no Instituto Ascher entre Novembro/66 até Fevereiro/67 ,coincidencia ,mesma época que voce estava la,eu tinha 11 anos ,e tambem gostaria de saber o endereço completo do Instituto abraço
Mar 05, 2015 @ 20:59:21
Jonas, please take contact with me!
If you are in facebook look for Institut Ascher Bex (IAB) Suisse!
Mar 06, 2015 @ 15:15:30
Que coincidencia.. mas eu não me lembro de voce.. Voce mora em São Paulo?O Ascher não existe mais faz tempo mas tem uma pagina no facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/47238489346/ que vc pode entrar e se registrar.Institut Ascher Bex (IAB) Suisse . Ai voce vai entrar em contacto com pessoas que estiveram la. Eu tenho conversado muito com um cara que eu era apaixonada mas ele nem sabia da minha existencia kkkk. Ele mora na Alemanha e é muito legal isso. Ja encontrei varias pessoas .
A gente esta tentando fazer um encontro la em Bex de alunos mas não sei se rola. Enfim… prazer e abraços
Nov 26, 2015 @ 01:10:40
i spent the summer of 1962 there.is it still open?thx
Sep 07, 2016 @ 15:48:35
Sorry, had not noticed that post!
Would you please contact me (d.bader(at)freenet.de)?
Dec 24, 2013 @ 20:08:07
Hi my name is Lynda and my sister Helen and I were at l’institut Ascher in 1952-53, I remember Ildiko, Rutie and Pater Moskowich from Hungary and Stephen and his sister from the US. Also, Edna Weizman who was the grand daugher of Chaim Weizman was there. I would love to be in touch with anyone who was there at that time. I do know that M. Ascher’s daugher Avaleya lives in Jerusalem.
Dec 26, 2013 @ 08:28:13
will you please take contact throught email@example.com or leave me your adress?
Helen Oppenheimer Katz
Feb 23, 2014 @ 20:14:05
I spent 2 summers there (1967 and 1968). I was there with a group of Americans – including Phyllis Sherman and Sharon Ullman.My name is Helen Oppenheimer, if anyone remembers me or the other two (who I’m still in touch with), please e-mail me or contact me through FB under Helen Oppenheimer Katz…I’d love to share the many photos I have of all the students- in our rooms and on the many excursions we went on.
Helen Oppenheimer Katz
Feb 23, 2014 @ 20:21:20
Oh…..my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
Jun 06, 2014 @ 09:14:45
I was at IAB in June 1944 with my sister Ilse. It was run by Simon Ascher (known by the children as Onkel Simon) his brother Moses (known as Onkel Mosi) ran the farm that stood to the right of the gate. Onkel Mosi belonged to the local fire brigade and played in the local football team. He made aliyah in the early 50s where he worked as a nurse in a mental institution.
Jun 10, 2014 @ 11:28:59
I was a student at IAB in 1964-1965, I would love to hear about your experiences. Please email me. email@example.com. Looking forward.
Jul 13, 2014 @ 16:24:00
We were the same year in Institut Asher (64-65) and I am pretty sure you remember me, as I have been your cousin Cecil’s roommate for a year (Patricia/Potage, the one who laughed He He He and the one to whom you wrote when she left: “a Diamond is pure and so is a pearl, but the purest of all is a Jewish girl”). I haven’t forgotten. I was looking for some information about the IAB and landed by chance on this page and saw your name. It’s just incredible!!. I don’t have much Information about IAB to share but would be happy to hear from you, Cecil, Brenda and may be some others…. Contact me
Jul 17, 2014 @ 18:22:16
Hello to you all!
Just for your attention and to make you curious: there is a group of former schoolmates from Ascher’s with some old photos in facebook! “Institut Ascher Bex (IAB) Suisse”
If you are interested just apply. I would like to see you there …
Jul 17, 2014 @ 20:45:04
Patricia, of course I remember you. You were from Paris, always wearing large earrings and loved the Beatles. I am delighted and excited that you emailed me. Please get in touch with me. firstname.lastname@example.org. I will give you all the news about Cecille, Brenda, and Zelma. We were all from Los Angeles, California. Cecille and Brenda still live there. Zelma and I live in New York. I speak to Cecille once a week. Her youngest of 5 children got married 2 weeks ago. Naturally I was at the wedding. We had a ball. Contact me right away. : )
Jul 13, 2014 @ 17:00:21
my email is email@example.com
Jun 10, 2014 @ 03:42:50
Jun 10, 2014 @ 15:36:26
First, thanks again to Daniel Bader for setting up this site. My sister Helen and I were at IAB during the early fifties. At that time, I was age 8 and she was 11, we did not realise that many of the other children had been orphaned in the war. I remember Ildiko and Rutie Moskowitz and their little brother, Marcel (from Germany), Pater (from Germany), and Edna Weitzman, grand-daughter of President Weitzman. I was terrified of M. Ascher. There was also a teacher named M. Goldschmidt. If anyone has any memories of that time, please get in touch with me.
Jun 10, 2014 @ 19:08:43
I was a student at IAB 1964-1965. I an mot a facebook person. I would love for you to email me so we can compare notes about Ascher’s. Looking forward to hearing from you.
Jun 10, 2014 @ 20:35:45
Yes, I would love to compare notes with you. I think you were there about 10 years after me, so it might have been quite different, but maybe some of the same staff were there.
I look forward to hearing from you
Jun 10, 2014 @ 20:48:36
Lynda, I am delighted to hear from you so quickly. Please email me. Karine
Aug 25, 2016 @ 06:43:27
Lynda bonjour. Last night I found this forum on Internet. Overwhelming!
After so many years, and with a selective memory we all have…yes, I remember you ( and your sister, older?). I do believe that my years in IAB ( 1954-1959?, I think my parents forgot me there…) were somehow so constructive for me. So much to say about the Aschers:
But mainly, they were ” mensch” and had a modern concept of education, which isn’t so evident in their context.
Please note my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Z Ernie Spiegel
Mar 22, 2015 @ 00:45:21
My name is Z Ernie Spiegel. I am also from Los Angeles originally, now living in Las Vegas, NV. I came across this webpage quite by accident, and was taken completely by surprise.
I was at IAB in 1964-65. Karine’s mother and mine were good friends. Cecile’s younger brother and my brother-in-law are best friends to this day. Brenda owned a store down the street from where I lived in Los Angeles, on the same block as Karine’s parents.
I was amazed to read names I hadn’t heard for many years including David Brandmann who was my roommate for a time ; the Friedmann brothers, Jaacov Tenne (funny, he and I never did get along and yet my memories of him are particularly vivid), Julius Alt, who I remember being an amazing skier, Ruth Hes (I had such a childhood crush on her) and many of the other names listed in the post above were familiar to me as well.
The year I spent at IAB was pivotal in my life, and I have many happy memories of my time there. I still dream about the magnificent view of the Dents du Midi from my bedroom window, and of seeing snowfall for the very first time.
It would be most pleasing and I would be most grateful and delighted to hear from anyone, especially if they remember me!
With sincerest regards and best wishes to all,
Z Ernie Spiegel
Oct 27, 2015 @ 21:38:01
My father, Wolf Z. Guggenheim, was a student at the Old Institute Ascher. His family was heavily involved in rescuing Jews and non-Jews alike during the Shoah. There are still a handful of the 9 siblings surviving, though they are advanced in age. My father passed away in 2002, but I plant to come visit the Institute next month with my family.
Oct 28, 2015 @ 01:08:22
Dear Sharona, Please get in touch with Daniel Bader, who runs a group and list of IAB alumni. I would love to meet your family. Where do you live? I don’t often use the blog, so please email me at email@example.com. With best wishes, Samantha
Karine Ganz Grunfeld
Oct 28, 2015 @ 19:39:38
I would very much love to hear about your father’s war-time activities and about life at the Institute. I currently live in the NY area. Please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Nov 01, 2015 @ 02:27:59
If you are planning on visiting the Institute, you should be aware that you should probably contact the current refugee center administration if you wish to walk the grounds. The buildings themselves will likely be off limits; we visited as a family last year and were restricted to the grounds only, as the buildings are currently living spaces for refugees.
Don’t expect too much…
Karine Ganz Grunfeld
Nov 01, 2015 @ 17:26:15
Would you mind telling from where the refugees come?
Given you last name, are you part of the Ascher family?
If you prefer to email me privately, please do so at email@example.com.
I am always interested in people who were students at Ascher and what is currently going on at the Ascher site.
Karine Ganz Grunfeld
Nov 26, 2015 @ 01:08:04
i spent the summer of 1962 here.
Mar 20, 2017 @ 11:56:46
my name is elen katz and i was in at ascher around mid 60′
i came from israel because my father died and my mom put me their
what was that place in that time (60′)?
i spend there couplle of years but dont have any memory from back then
do you know somthing about the place?
Mar 20, 2017 @ 14:31:33
You should contact my friend Daniel Bader, at d.bader(at)freenet.de.
He has been coordinating a group of former pupils on facebook (Institute Ascher Bex/IAB), and I am sure you would be welcome to join and to learn more from Daniel.
All my best,
Mar 20, 2017 @ 17:23:36
I too was a child in Ascher children’s home in Bex-les-Bains, Switzerland, but it was during the war years, in 1943-44.
I have been trying desperately to find any record of my stay there, but no one seems to know where the files of that period are located.
My name then was: Marcus Wajsfeld. I was then 6-7 years old.
Mar 20, 2017 @ 17:30:14
did you receive my mails sent in September 2016?
Mar 20, 2017 @ 17:33:14
we do have a group of formers Ascher student in facebook. If you open an account there you could get in contact with others. Some of them do leave in Israel …
Mar 20, 2017 @ 20:12:46
i studied as a summer student in1961
Does the building still exist?
Mar 20, 2017 @ 20:22:19
it does. But it is an home for refugees now.
You are invited to take part at the Facebook group, too! Or take contact thru email as mentioned above.
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