Holocaust survivor and scholar Dr. Walter Ziffer will present "Witness to the Holocaust." As a Jew and a native of Czechoslovakia, Ziffer will share first-hand experiences of his town's invasion by German Nazi troops on September 1, 1939, the first day of World War II, the two years following the occupation, deportation in June 1942, being conscripted into forced labor, which led to the deaths of most of his family members, and his induction into the German concentration camp empire. In the presentation, Ziffer will share the difficulties of surviving the German genocide. This is also the story of his first love—a love decimated by Nazi brutality which has left a mark that persists to this day. Using accounts from his own experiences, Ziffer will describe the treatment received by prisoners, liberation by the Soviet army, and beginning a new life after the war.
This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Sponsor: Piedmont Crossing Retirement Community