Holocaust Survivor to Read from His Memoir

Holocaust Survivor to Read from His Memoir

Dr. Israel Unger, Holocaust survivor and author, will read from his book The Unwritten Diary of Israel Unger on Monday, May 3, 2014, at 7 pm, at the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center theater in the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive. This program, sponsored by the Holocaust Museum and the Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library, is free and open to the public.

In 1939, 25,000 Jewish people lived in Tarnow, Poland. By the end of World War II, only nine remained. For two years, Unger and his family hid in an attic crawl space behind a false wall above a factory. Against all odds, they survived.

After the war, Unger’s parents, witnessing virulent anti-Semitism in Poland, sent him and his brother as “orphans” to France. When the family reunited, they lived in France and England until they immigrated to Canada in 1951. At a Montreal yeshiva, Unger discovered chemistry, and a few years later he began a stellar academic career, married, and raised a family in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

In 2013, after decades of silence, Unger co-authored his memoir with Carolyn Gammon, recounting his families’ survival and renewal of life. Now dean emeritus of science a the University of New Brunswick, Unger was one of 50 Holocaust survivors to be honored by the government of Canada in 1998 in connection with the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. He was the educational advisor for Atlantic Canada for the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies.

For information, please call 314-442-3714 or email dreich@jfedstl.org.

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