Jack Repp is used to sharing his story.

Every week, the Preston Hollow resident tells Dallas Holocaust Museum visitors about surviving life in the concentration camps. Getting to the museum is challenging for the 94-year-old, but Repp is adamant that his memories are preserved.

“As he’s gotten older, this is what he really enjoys doing — telling his story — because he feels it’s so important that it needs to be told,” his longtime companion, Sarah Yarrin, told the Advocate in March. “How much of it do you get in a history book? I don’t know. But this is someone who lived it.”

Since Repp’s lectures rarely include other facets of his life, like working as a Secret Service agent or immigrating to the US, neighborhood Rabbi Dan Lewin devoted months to penning his memoir. His goal was to capture Repp’s entire life, not just snapshots of tragedy.

“When people speak about the Holocaust, it’s very removed,” Lewin said in March. “You see terrible pictures and videos and skeletons and bodies and evil faces. You say, ‘Oh, how terrible this is,’ but then you snap back into your life.”

“Dreams and Jealousy” was released this week, and proceeds from the book will be given to the Dallas Holocaust Museum.


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