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Holocaust Survivor with Education Mission Will Lead Commemoration Program at FGCU
FORT MYERS, FL -Holocaust survivor and author Abe Price will lead “A Survivor Remembers,” Florida Gulf Coast University’s commemoration program, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 7 in Griffin Hall Room 109 with a candle lighting ceremony and presentation open to the public.
Price, a Naples resident, published his book Memoirs of a Survivor last year. He was 16 years old when Nazi soldiers invaded Poland in 1939, confiscated his family’s shoe business in Kielce and began killing prominent people.
“My parents, brothers and sisters did not die - they were murdered in a gas chamber in Treblinka,” Price told the Federation Star in 1996. “I lost 200 people of my family.”
“I escaped in striped clothes, wooden shoes, with a shaved head and a number on my forearm. The second night of the death march, I escaped. I took a chance and lucked out.”
After escaping, Price married and had a son, and with a few friends, fled through several countries until reaching America in May 1951.
“Lady Liberty had tears streaming down her face - she had reason to weep, a million reasons for all the oppressed, ‘huddled masses yearning to breathe free’.”
“Normally, survivors should have given up on society and its selfishness. Yet, we have not given up. …It is possible to invoke hope beyond despair. It is possible even to find a word of gratitude in our purified vocabulary.”
“We express gratitude to this country, to the United States, for enabling so many survivors of the Holocaust to reconstruct broken lives in an atmosphere of kinship, trust, opportunity, and equality - express our gratitude to our children for giving us more than we have given them, for passing on our legacy and for seeking to remember what the world wishes to forget.
“My mission is Holocaust education.”
FGCU, the Jewish Federation of Collier County, and the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties are cosponsoring the event.
For more information, contact Alissa Perper at (941) 433-4802 or the Jewish Federation at (941) 481-4449.