Kupferberg Holocaust Center Student Intern Reflects on Friendship with Survivor

Published: July 24, 2014


Doron Berenholtz, Class of 2014, has a taste for adventure and travel, and a passion for work and scholarly pursuits.  He has backpacked in Central and South America; gained entrepreneurial experience in the nation’s capital; pursued his studies in colleges and universities throughout the northeast United States and Israel; and, he also served in the Israeli military as a combat medic in a reconnaissance unit from 2007 to 2010.

However, it was his memorable time as a student at Queensborough—and specifically his unforgettable experience at the Holocaust Resource Center and Archives (KHRCA)—that helped change his life.

As a participant in the spring 2014 Holocaust Student Internship Program, Doron formed a close connection with survivor Sam Widowsky, who was originally from Poland as was Doron’s grandmother. Interestingly, Doron’s grandparents escaped to Russia at the same time as Sam’s brother.

“Spending time with Sam was extremely meaningful and personal to me,” said Doron, who is visiting family and friends this summer in Israel, where he briefly resided (in Tel Aviv) in 2005. He said that his internship at the KHRCA has inspired him to dedicate much of his time in Israel to his grandmother, in order to learn more about her experience during the Holocaust.

A native of Fresh Meadows, Queens, Doron initially enrolled at Queensborough in the spring of 2011 as a part-time student majoring in Business Administration.  That summer he went to Bolivia to explore the country’s culture then returned to the U.S. in the fall to work at a tech start-up company, located in Washington D.C., working there for a year while taking courses at George Washington University.

Eventually, Doron realized that he wanted to return to Queensborough to complete his Associate degree and enrolled in the spring of 2013 as a full-time student. He was named to the Dean’s List that semester and then again in the fall of 2013. He was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society in the spring of 2014. During spring break this year, he hiked through the mountains of Guatemala.

Noting that he “fully enjoys being a student at QCC,” Doron went on to explain that “the faculty is excellent and the tutoring center, in particular, is very supportive and welcoming.”

Doron is transferring to New York University this fall and plans to pursue a career in Business Management and Marketing.


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