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Child Holocaust survivor to speak in Salt Lake City on May 11

Former Russian orphan rescues modern-day Russian orphans
Former Russian orphan rescues modern-day Russian orphansPhoto by Vicki Hornok

Holocaust Remembrance Day was observed on April 28, coinciding with Yom HaShoah. It commemorated the approximately six million Jewish victims who were murdered under Hitler’s inhuman regime. However, another estimated six million non-Jews were also killed, about half of them from the Soviet Union and Poland.

Alexandra Goode, a 13-year-old Russian girl, was taken to Dachau and survived for nearly three years in different concentration camps. Although not Jewish, she was imprisoned because she was an orphan.

Her story is filled with horror and suffering, and yet in her darkest night in the barracks, something incredible happened. She begged God to take her life and not let her wake up.

The next morning, she realized God could give her hope. His plan for her eventually included immigration to the United States and marriage to George Goode.

Returning to Russia for the first time at age 70, her heart broke for the orphans there, many of whom needed medical help. For the next ten years she and her husband facilitated over 200 adoptions of special needs Russian orphans into American homes, through their organization, Guardian Angel Outreach.

How her life came full circle is an amazing account of survival, hope, and service. She will appear in person and tell her story at Midvalley Bible Church on Sunday, May 11, 2014, in Salt Lake City, Utah, at 10:30 am.

The address is 13895 South 2700 West, just south of Bangerter Highway in Bluffdale. This free event is open to the public.