Rochelle Goldschmiedt honored her mother, who is a Holocaust survivor, by running the New York City marathon.
“My mother has always been just a very big role model to me, because of her strength,” she stated.
Goldschmiedt is a mother of four from New Jersey. Growing up, she could tell there was something different about her mom.
“She never really spoke about her story when we were growing up, so I wasn’t exactly aware of what she went through as a young child,” she stated. “But as I got older and we all matured a little bit more, she felt maybe it was time and her responsibility to let us know exactly what her experience was during the war.”
Rochelle fell in love with running a decade ago. And when the time came to try her first NYC marathon, she decided to run it in honor of her mother, and other relatives who were killed during the Holocaust.
While running, Rochelle sported a bracelet on her wrist of the prisoners’ number that was tattooed on her mom’s arm during the war. She also ran with the name “Gabrielle” on her shirt in memory of her mother’s nine-year-old sister who was killed.