TROY - Holocaust survivor Ann Rosenheck will share her experiences as part of a week-long series of workshops and lectures at Troy University's campus in Troy and community and school events in Dothan and Enterprise.
Rosenheck, a survivor of both the Auschwitz and Dachau concentration camps, will speak at the Troy Campus at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5 inside Claudia Crosby Theater.
The event is free and open to the public. Public parking for the Troy Campus lecture will be available in the north stadium lot on George Wallace Drive with shuttle service to the theater. Schools interested in participating should contact the Office of Sponsored Programs at (334) 670-3102.
The lectures mark Rosenheck's third lecture series at TROY. She spoke at the Troy, Dothan and Montgomery campuses in 2010 and 2012, and is returning as part of the University's Week of Holocaust Remembrance, which includes exhibits, a teacher workshop and other events exploring the history and lasting impact of the Holocaust.
"It is becoming increasingly rare to see and hear from a Holocaust survivor who was old enough at the time of the event to have concrete memories," said Chris Shaffer, Dean of Library Services. "We are proud to be able to give members of the public and the University community another opportunity to hear Ann Rosenheck's powerful story."
Born in Rachov, Czechoslovakia, a small town nestled in the Carpathian Mountains, Rosenheck was only 13 years old when the Nazis occupied her town. She and her family were first sent to the ghetto, then to Auschwitz concentration camp where she was separated from her family during the "selection" process. After four months there, she was sent to Germany to work in an ammunition factory in Dachau. She was liberated in April 1945, and arrived in the United States in 1948.
She reunited with her childhood sweetheart Ike in New York City and married. After 30 years in New York, she and her husband retired to south Florida. In 1990, she volunteered as a speaker with the Holocaust Memorial and continues to work with the Foundation for Holocaust Education to bring education and awareness to communities across the country.
For more information about the Rosenheck lectures or the Year of Holocaust Remembrance, contact the Office of Sponsored Programs at (334) 670-3102.