Holocaust Survivor Hedy Epstein to Speak in Observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day

Photo of Hedy Epstein

Hedy Epstein, a Holocaust survivor, will speak on April 11 in Academic Auditorium.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

March 26, 2007 – Hedy Epstein, a child survivor of the Holocaust, is scheduled to speak in observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day April 11 at Southeast Missouri State University.

Epstein will speak from noon to 1:15 p.m. during the Common Hour in Academic Auditorium. The event is being sponsored by the Southeast Political Philosophy Club and is free and open to the public.

The focus of this year’s Holocaust Remembrance Day program will be on child victims and survivors of the Holocaust.

Epstein will talk about her experiences in the Nazi Holocaust, specifically, her rescue in the Kindertransport. She, along with almost 10,000 children from Nazi Germany and Austria, were transported to England from December of 1938 to Sept. 1, 1939.

Epstein was separated from her family at age 14, when her parents sent her to England on the Kindertransport. She never saw them again. In 1942, her family was sent to Auschwitz and were never heard from again. Once the war was over, Epstein went back to Germany to work for the American government at the Nuremberg Medical Trial, which tried the doctors accused of performing medical experiments on concentration camp inmates. In 1948, Epstein came to the United States and became active professionally and personally in causes of civil and human rights and social justice. She began speaking to audiences in 1970 and currently works as a docent for the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center. Her topics include her Nazi Holocaust experiences, her separation from her parents, her work at the Nuremberg Medical Trial, present-day genocides and related subjects.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Mitchel Gerber at (573) 651-2694.