Holocaust Survivor, Liberator Coming to SMU
To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps in WWII, SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program is sponsoring “Reflections from Survivors and Liberators of Nazi Death Camps” on Thursday, April 23.
The free public event will feature Holocaust survivor Rosa Blum and liberator Bernhard Storch. Blum was deported to Auschwitz, and later the Dachau camp, from Romania when she was 15. She was liberated by U.S. forces on April 29, 1945. Storch was captured by the Soviet Union, but was later freed and joined the Polish military resistance. He is also the author of “World War II Warriors: My Own Recollections of World War II.”
“This is an increasingly rare opportunity to hear first-hand about the Holocaust from the last generation of its survivors,” said Rick Halperin, director of the Embrey Human Rights Program. “It’s most unusual to get the perspective of a liberator who accompanied Soviet forces through areas never seen by American or British armies.”
The event, which is co-sponsored by the Dallas Holocaust Museum Center for Education and Tolerance, will take place from 7-9 p.m. in the Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Great Hall on the SMU campus.