Emily Kessler

Emily Kessler, 99, has led an incredible life. She escaped the clutches of Nazis multiple times in her hometown Khmelnik, Ukraine, where the SS Guards were ordered to exterminate Jews immediately and completely. With the help of two brave women, she escaped the Khmelnik ghettos with her son and kept running till the end of war. Having lost her entire family except her son, she decided to migrate first to Russia and eventually came to the United States.

She now lives in New York. Her mandolin keeps the light in her eyes alive.