Holocaust Survivor to Speak at Wheeling Jesuit University Dec. 4

  WJU Communications
  Thursday, November 30, 2017 10:36 AM
  WJU News, Academics

Wheeling, WV

Holocaust survivor, Howard Chandler, will share stories of survival and courage during a public talk at Wheeling Jesuit University, Monday, Dec. 4.

The 89-year-old will share how he survived the slave labor camp and concentration camps in Nazi occupied Poland during World War II when he speaks to students and the public Monday at 7:30 p.m. in WJU’s Troy Theater.chandler-web.jpg

The talk is free and open to the public. Classrooms Without Borders (CWB) is bringing this resilient Holocaust survivor to Wheeling Jesuit’s campus. In addition to his public lecture at Wheeling Jesuit, Chandler will talk to students at several high schools in the tri-county area.

“It is important for both students, as well as members of the greater Wheeling community, to listen to Howard's story, because his experiences during the Second World War era demonstrate how intolerance and prejudice can quickly transform into persecution and violence,” said Jeff Rutherford, professor of history at Wheeling Jesuit.

Chandler was 11 when his ordeal with anti-Semitism began. In 1942 at just 14, he saw his mother, sister and younger brother for the last time. On that day, the Jewish people were forced by soldiers to gather in the town square and the women and children were marched to a train bound for Treblinka. Upon arrival, they were murdered in the gas chamber.

During his presentation, Chandler will talk about how he, his older brother and father were sent to a slave labor camp at Starachowice and shortly thereafter, sent to Auschwitz II-Birkenau. He will share his amazing story of survival.

“This is a rare opportunity for all to witness living history, hear tragic personal stories of the Holocaust and see the remarkable strength of character, humility and humanity of one survivor's determination to live beyond the horror… and speak for those that no longer have a voice,” said Barb Lewine, program director of CWB-Wheeling.

Lewine explained that Chandler accompanies CWB journeys to Poland and shares his personal story with the students and educators while in the places he survived. “The power of hearing him is humbling and inspirational. Howard's gentle nature belies his horrific past as he emphasizes a future built on tolerance,” Lewine added.

For more information about Chandler’s talk, contact Barb Lewine at barb@classroomswithoutborders.org.

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