Concentration Camp Survivor to Present Keynote Address for Holocaust Remembrance Day


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 15, 2005 ᾰ Southeast Missouri State University will observe Holocaust Remembrance Day with a presentation by a concentration camp survivor. The program will take place from noon to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in the University Center Ballroom.

The program will feature speaker Maria Szapszewicz, a survivor of the Auschwitz and Bergen-Belson concentration camps. Through her tribulation at the hands of the Nazis, Szapszewicz endured difficult working conditions, near-starvation and a typhus epidemic, as well as tuberculosis double pneumonia she contracted in a cattle car while in transit between concentration camps. At the time she was liberated on April 15, 1945, she weighed 55 pounds. Szapszewicz said she swore she would tell of the Jews’ suffering if she survived her ordeal and that she is making good on her promise.

For more information, contact Dr. Mitchell Gerber in the Department of Political Science, Philosophy and Religion, at (573) 651-2694.