Holocaust Survivor to Present Keynote Address at Holocaust Remembrance Program

Photo of Felicia Graber

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 14, 2010 – Holocaust survivor Felicia Graber will speak at the Holocaust Remembrance Program 2010 scheduled for noon to 1:15 p.m. (Common Hour) Wednesday, April 28, in the University Center Ballroom at Southeast Missouri State University.  The event is free and open to all Southeast students, faculty and staff, and the public. The Holocaust Remembrance Program is sponsored by the Political Philosophy Club–a Southeast student organization–and the Department of Political Science, Philosophy & Religion. Graber, born in Tarnow, Poland in March 1940, survived the war with her mother on false Aryan identity papers.  Her father survived in hiding.  After the war, Graber, her one-year-old brother, and her parents moved first to Brussels, Belgium, then to Frankfurt, Germany.  She attended schools in Poland, Belgium, Germany and England.  In 1959, she married Chaplain First Lt. Howard Graber stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. In 1963, she came to the United States with her husband and their two children.  She received her bachelor of arts degree in 1970 and her master of arts in teaching degree in 1972. From 1969 until her retirement in 1996, Graber taught German and French.  She has also taught literature of the Holocaust and conducted teacher workshops in foreign language methodology. Since 1998, she has been a docent and a speaker at the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center where she also conducts docent enrichment programs. She also introduces movies at the Museum and St. Louis Jewish Film Festivals.  She served on the Holocaust Docent Advisory Committee, speaks and lectures about the Holocaust in area colleges, schools, Army bases and community agencies.  She is currently a member of the Museum’s Strategic Planning and the Holocaust Commissions. Graber is the founder of the Hidden Child/Child Survivor Group of St. Louis and the co-founder of the St. Louis Descendants of the Holocaust, a group of children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors and victims.  She is a member of the Memory Project at the St Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center.  Her writings have been published in the Sagarin Review, The First Harvest and The New Harvest, as well as in various magazines and newsletters nationwide.  She is a contributor to the child-survivor anthology And Life is Changed Forever, published by Wayne University Press in the spring of 2006.Her book, Amazing Journey, Metamorphosis of a Hidden Child, is scheduled to be published within the next few weeks.Graber lives in St. Louis with her husband, Rabbi Howard Graber. They have two children and eight grandchildrenFor further information on this event, contact Dr. Mitch Gerber at (573) 651-2694.