The Holocaust How Did It Happen?
From Western New England University. See the original post here.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2019 – 9:30 AM
Western New England University students got a
lesson in one of the darkest chapters of human history, as Holocaust
survivor Ruth Weiner spoke on campus Tuesday, February 19.
A native of Vienna, Weiner described witnessing the annexation
of Austria by Germany’s Third Reich and experiencing the horrors of
rising Anti-Semitism firsthand. As a child, she lived through the
burning of synagogues and the destruction of Jewish businesses during
Kristallnacht, and would eventually escape Austria on the
Kindertransport, arriving in England at the outbreak of World War II.
As a prelude to Weiner’s talk, Western New England alumna
Amanda Poris ’16 recounted her recent trip to Poland, including visits
to historic sites including Auschwitz, the largest Nazi concentration
camp. Pianist Larry Picard and cellist John Hanifin lent their talents
to the program, playing Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” and the “Theme from
Schindler’s List” by John Williams.
Weiner’s appearance was sponsored by Western New England University’s Office of Spiritual Life and The Holocaust Education Resource and Outreach Center.