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Thu, Feb 29, 2024
Holocaust Survivor Speaking at Southeast
(Lecture Series)
Ben Fainer, a Holocaust survivor, will be the guest speaker April 11 as Southeast Missouri State Unversity commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day. His presentation is scheduled for noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Unversity Center Ballroom. The event is free and open to all Southeast students, faculty and staff, and the community. Fainer lived his early life in Bendzin, Poland. His father was a tailor and owned a factory. Nazi Germany invaded Poland in 1939, when Fainer was a younster of 10 years. The Wehrmacht (German military) occupied Bendzin, Poland. Ultimately the Nazis made selections of elderly and ill people and those who could engage in forced-labor, and evacuated much of the town. After being separated from other family members, Fainer and his father were taken to a forced-labor camp. He survived the atrocities of multiple concentration camps, including Blechhammer (a subcamp of Auschwitz III); Buchhenwald; Grossrosen; and Flossenberg. Towards the end of the war, he was coerced into participating in a death march with thousands of other prisoners through Germany. He was liberated by American troops in Bavaria, Germany, on April 23, 1945. Eventually, he discovered that his mother and siblings were murdered in Auschwitz.
Location: University Center Ballroom
Price: Free and open to the public
Contact: Mitchel Gerber
(573) 651-2694
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