Today: Holocaust survivor Susie Fono
University of Wisconsin-Parkside English Professor Carole Vopat welcomes guest speaker Susie Fono to her "Literature of the Holocaust" class today. The second of three visitors Professor Vopat will bring in who have first-hand knowledge of this dark period in human history, Ms. Fono speaks at 6 p.m. in room 103 of Greenquist Hall. This class session is open to everyone.
Ms. Fono was seven years old when the Nazis invaded her homeland of Hungary. She remembers the day when she was barred from performing in the Budapest ballet under new ethnic laws imposed on the Jewish population, when she was forced to wear the yellow star, when her father was taken to a forced labor camp, and when her grandparents were taken away never to be seen again.
During the four-month German occupation of Hungary in 1944, a total of 437,402 Jews were deported from that country and sent to death camps.
"I invite you to witness Ms. Fono's story, remember it, and pass it on to the younger generations who will never have the opportunity to meet a survivor of the Holocaust," said Professor Vopat.If you are unable to attend today's visit, Professor Vopat will host Holocaust survivor Rae David Wednesday, April 4, in Greenquist 103.