Holocaust survivor to speak Oct. 26

October 26, 2011 | Events, UToday
By Meghan Cunningham


Holocaust survivor Irving Roth will share his story at The University of Toledo Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Roth, who serves as the director of the Holocaust Resource Center at the Temple Judea in Manhasset, N.Y., will speak at the “Night of Remembrance” event at 8 p.m. in Student Union Room 2562.

He was 14 years old in May 1944 when his family was taken to Auschwitz. He remembers traveling in a cattle car with 90 other men, women and children for days before stopping at the camp at night. He didn’t know what to make of the buildings with large chimneys and the stench, but soon would learn. He and his brother were sent to work while most of his family and thousands others were sent to “shower” and were killed with Zyklon B gas.

Roth in Czechoslovakia in 1946

Roth spent time at Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps during the Holocaust. He was starved and weak when U.S. forces arrived at Buchenwald April 11, 1945, to liberate the survivors.

A former education director of the Holocaust Memorial and Education Center of Nassau County, Roth has devoted his life to teaching people about the Holocaust and the lessons that can be learned from that history. He received the prestigious Spirit of Anne Frank Award for his dedication to educating the world on diversity and acceptance.

Roth’s free, public talk is sponsored by UT College Republicans and Christians United for Israel.

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