Holocaust survivor Ann Rosenheck returns to TROY for lecture series

Posted: Wednesday, 03 October 2012

TROY — Holocaust survivor Ann Rosenheck will share her experiences during a series of lectures at Troy University’s campuses in Troy and Dothan during October as part of the University’s Year of Holocaust Remembrance.

Rosenheck, a survivor of both Auschwitz and Dachau, will speak at TROY’s Dothan Campus on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m. inside the Sony Hall auditorium in the Library/Technology Building.

She will speak at the Troy Campus on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 10 a.m. inside the Claudia Crosby Theater.

Both events are 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 Theatre.

The lectures mark Rosenheck’s second lecture series at TROY. She spoke at the Troy, Dothan and Montgomery campuses in 2010, and is returning as part of the University’s Year of Holocaust Remembrance, which includes exhibits, a film series 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, director of library services on the Dothan Campus and a coordinator of the lectures. “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.” Rosenheck will also speak to area K-12 students at the Troy Campus on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 10 a.m. Schools interested in participating should contact the Office of Sponsored Programs at 334-670-3102

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 Jewish ghetto, then to Auschwitz, 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