Holocaust Survivor on Campus Nov. 18
Holocaust survivor Raye David will speak at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Monday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. in room 103 of Greenquist Hall.
After her father was shot by the Nazis in a mass execution in a 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.
English Professor Carole Vopat said that survivors not only bring their actual experiences of the Holocaust, but also the wisdom and empathy to inspire us to realize the continual damage of hatred and intolerance. "Their impact is profound," Vopat said. "Listening, we become witnesses to the disaster, who accept the duty to pass on their stories of suffering and resilience to the next generations."