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The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership is pleased to welcome Professor Michael Kraus as visiting scholar for two weeks in February.
This conversation, "I Am Healthy and Feel Good — Notes from Auschwitz-Berkenau," is based on Michael Kraus' current research (work in progress) at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, where he is currently a Ben and Zelda Cohen Visiting Fellow.
The presentation will focus on the story of his father’s journey through half a dozen concentration camps as a prisoner of Gestapo including Terezienstadt; Dachau; Sachsenhausen; Neuengamme; Auschwitz-Birkenau, where he joined the underground resistance; and Ohrdruf and Buchenwald, where he was liberated by the U.S. Army in April 1945.
After the war, Kraus' father co-wrote one of the first books about Birkenau, "The Death Factory," which appeared in seven editions and ten languages in the 1950s and the 1960s, including Hebrew in 1960 and English in 1966. In 1947, he testified against Rudolf Hoess, the commandant of Auschwitz.
This talk is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies.
Please RSVP to reserve your seat.