Holocaust survivor Raye David visits UWP Wednesday
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside welcomes Holocaust survivor Raye David to campus Wednesday, Nov. 14. She will speak during English Professor Carole Vopat's "Literature of the Holocaust" class at 6 p.m. in room 131 of the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
After her father was shot by the Nazis in a mass execution in the forest near her home in Vilna, Poland; David survived the liquidation of the Vilna ghetto and imprisonment at various concentration camps including Bergen-Belsen, the same camp where Anne Frank died. Liberated by the British on her 17th birthday, she and her mother came to America with David arriving in Milwaukee when she was 21.
Professor Vopat said as an educator, an American, a Jew, and a human being, she can have no greater mission than to bring to the campus and community living witnesses of the greatest destruction in the history of humankind.
"Not only do survivors bring us their actual experiences of the Holocaust, but also the wisdom and empathy to inspire us to realize the continual damage of hatred and intolerance," Vopat said. "Their impact is profound; listening, we become witnesses to the disaster, who accept the duty to pass on their stories of suffering and resilience to the next generations, and continue their fight against the whirlwinds of hate and prejudice in our own time."
She added she was thankful that this "is not the year that there are no survivors to be found."Professor Vopat encouraged students, faculty, and members of the community, along with K-12 teachers and their students to attend. For more information, call 262- 595-2532.