Holocaust survivor to speak at Viterbo in April - WXOW News 19 La Crosse, WI – News, Weather and Sports |

Holocaust survivor to speak at Viterbo in April

Sam Harris Sam Harris

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A child who survived the Holocaust speaks next month at Viterbo University.

Sam Harris appears in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theater April 11 at 7 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

His story begins in 1939 when Germany invaded his native Poland.  Harris, born Szlamek Rzeznik, and his family were forced into a ghetto in hometown of Deblin.

In 1942, as his family was on the way to deportation when his father pushed him out of line and told him to run and hide.  He'd never saw any of them again.

He survived by hiding when the Germans turned the Deblin ghetto into a concentration camp, then another forced move to another camp later in the war.  He was freed by the Russian in 1945.

Harris was eventually brought to the United States, where he was adopted in 1948.

The presentation by Harris is in conjunction with the university's annual Teaching the Holocaust Workshop for educators and part of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership Spring Lecture Series.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WXOW. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Theresa Wopat at 507-895-9969. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.