da Fonseca-Wollheim is the granddaughter of Hermann da Fonseca-Wollheim, a doctor in Hamburg, Germany. In 1944 Hermann was sent to the Buchenwald Concentration Camp for being too friendly to Ukrainian forced laborers. He perished there that same year.
da Fonseca-Wollheim’s presentation was titled “The Bus to Buchenwald” and detailed the daring journey her grandmother took to Buchenwald to try to recover her husband’s ashes and learn more about the details of his death.
The annual lecture series honors Jack Moline, the congregational Rabbi who served Agudas Achim for 27 years. He retired in 2014, becoming Rabbi Emeritus. The series presents speakers who are making important contributions to American Jewish society.