Poremba Family
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Joel Poremba is a business attorney with twenty-three years of litigation experience in both state and federal courts.
$10 JCC members, $15 public
In-person, presentation and post-event reception in the Chase Family Holocaust Memorial Garden

Joel Poremba: My Name is Staszek Surdel: The Improbable Holocaust Survival of Nathan Poremba, the Last Jew of Wieliczka
6:00 pm
Merage JCC
1 Federation Way
Irvine, CA 92603


Esther Poremba was born in Wieliczka, Poland in 1923 to Gustava and . Prior to WWII she lived in Poland.

Esther was murdered in the Shoah. reported by her brother Nathan

Helberg, Bella (nee Poremba) Age 86, a Holocaust Survivor. Beloved wife of the late Joseph Helberg; loving mother of Sandra (James) Morgan, Thelma (Louis) Boivin and Erwin (the late Jill) Helberg; adoring Bubbe of Larry (Kate) Morgan, Jeff (Megan) Morgan, Scott Helberg, Rebecca Helberg and Matt Boivin; great-grandmother of Payton, Tyler, Jack, Quinn, Owen and the late Miles Morgan; dear aunt. Funeral Service, Thursday, June 13, 2013, 10 am at Weinstein Funeral Home, 111 Skokie Blvd, Wilmette, IL 60091, 847-256-5700. Interment, Shalom Memorial Park, Arlington Heights, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bella's name may be made to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. 



Joel Poremba
My Name is Staszek Surdel: The Improbable Holocaust Survival of Nathan Poremba, the Last Jew of Wieliczka
Wednesday, November 10, 6 P.M.
The biography of Holocaust survivor, Nathan Poremba, explores his life and survival in Poland before, during and after the war. It is a story of resistance, survival, tragedy and hope, and the resilience of a nine-year old Polish Jew who never submitted to antisemitism.
Written by his son Joel, who was stunned to hear Nathan’s testimony to the Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive in 1998, it was only after an inspiring trip to Israel twenty-one years later that Joel finally watched his father’s video testimony. Determined to fulfill the promise that he made in his Bar Mitzvah speech to one day tell his father’s story, Joel subsequently interviewed his father about the details of his Holocaust survival.

Natan Poreba was born in 1930.


Tilka Brauner nee Poremba was born in Wysokie Mazowieckie, Poland. Prior to WWII she lived in Chruszczobrod, Poland.

Tilka was murdered in the Shoah. 

Felicja Poreba was born in 1928.

Felicja survived the Shoah.