Families to speak about surviving Holocaust

Mar 26, 2014

Holocaust survivors and their family members will speak about their stories of survival this spring at Everett Community College.

The speakers series, now in its 15th year, is part of EvCC’s Humanities 150D class “Surviving the Holocaust,” which includes written, filmed and personal accounts from eyewitnesses and their families. Speakers were arranged through the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center in Seattle.

The presentations are free and open to the public and are from 12:20-1:20 p.m. at EvCC's Henry M. Jackson Conference Center, Room 101. No reservations are required.

The speakers are:

April 9: Marie-Anne Celine Harkness shares her family story of resistance in Nazi-occupied France, including how her grandmother, Celine Morali, helped save about 300 Jewish refugees escaping to Free France by using the family hardware store basement.

April 23: Ron Friedman, son of Holocaust survivor Herbert Friedman, speaks about his father’s escape from Nazi-controlled Vienna, Austria at age 13 as part of the Kindertransport (Childrens’ Trains) to England.

May 7: Robert Herschkowitz retraces his childhood odyssey from his homeland of Belgium to a French concentration camp and over the Alps by foot to Switzerland and safety.

May 21: Stephen Adler, born in Berlin, Germany in 1930, shares how he was sent to England as part of the Kindertransport, and talks about his family’s relocation to the United States in 1940.

EvCC’s Humanities Center will also present a screening of the documentary “The Boys of Terezin,” at 12:20 p.m. May 14.

The film, which takes viewers inside the infamous concentration camp, will be introduced by Mina Miller, artistic director of Music of Remembrance, a non-profit organization dedicated to remembering Holocaust musicians and their art.

Support for this program is provided by Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center and Global Education Initiative grant.

For more information about this event, contact EvCC’s Humanities Center at 425-388-9411 or HumanitiesCenter@everettcc.edu.

More information about the Humanities Center is available online at www.everettcc.edu/humanitiescenter.

Everett Community College is located at 2000 Tower St. in north Everett, two blocks west of North Broadway between 10th and Tower streets.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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