Lecture: Surviving the Holocaust by Sam Silberberg

Date: 04.13.2011

Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Pauling Hall 216

Sam SilberbergSam Silberberg is an eternal optimist who believes that if you have a reason to live, you can survive anything.

In 1939, Silberberg was a 10-year-old living in Poland with his Orthodox Jewish family.  That year, the Nazi occupation of Poland and discrimination against the Jews began: mandates that Jews wear the yellow Star of David on all external clothing as identification, confiscation of property, and eventually ghettoization.  Silberberg was tattooed with the number 178509. In 1942, his town of Jaworzno, Poland was ordered to be “cleansed” of Jews, and Silberberg was sent to the Annaberg and Blechhammer (a satellite of Auschwitz) concentration camps.  As the Russian Army advanced into Poland, the Nazis evacuated the camps in Poland and moved the Jews into Germany on what has come to be called the Death March.  Over 4,000 Jews began the march, but fewer than 800 survived.  Silberberg, not yet 16 years old, was able to escape and was given protection in a convent until the end of the war.  He lost his father, two brothers, and a sister to the extermination policies of the Nazis.

Free and open to the community.

Sponsored by Soka University's International Studies Concentration