Holocaust survivor to speak at TROY

Posted: Tuesday, 30 March 2010

TROY—Ann Rosenheck will speak on three Troy University campuses to relate her experiences imprisoned in the German concentration camps of Auschwitz and Dachau.

Brought to TROY through the Alabama Humanities Foundation’s Witness to the Holocaust grant, Rosenheck will speak at 10 a.m. April 20 in the Claudia Crosby Theater. An informal lecture with selected senior seminar students will take place at 2 p.m. in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor.

On April 21, she will speak at 6:30 p.m. in the Dothan Campus’ Sony Hall.

On April 22, Rosenheck will speak on the Montgomery Campus at 6 p.m. in the Gold Room on the second floor of Whitley Hall.

“Having the opportunity to see and hear a Holocaust survivor who was old enough at the time of the event to have concrete memories is increasingly rare,” said Chris Shaffer, director of library services on the Dothan Campus who is helping coordinate the speeches. “Ann Rosenheck’s story is rarer still, having survived both Auschwitz and Dachau. This is a unique opportunity for members of the Trojan family as well as members of the public.”

Born in Rachov, Czechoslovakia, a small town nestled in the Carpathain 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.

All lectures are free and open to the public.