Gordon in the News: last updated 10/29/2007

Nazi Holocaust Survivor Sonia Weitz Returns to Gordon to Tell Her Story

October 29, 2007

Ashley Hopkins
Office of College Communications

WENHAM, MA-Gordon welcomes Peabody resident Sonia Weitz, a survivor of five Nazi concentration camps (including Auschwitz), back to campus to give her 27th consecutive lecture at the college entitled "My Story: Personal Reflections of a Holocaust Survivor." Her lecture will take place in the Jenks 237 Lecture Hall in the Jenks Library at Gordon on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 7 p.m.

Weitz was only 11 years old when she and her family were herded into death camps. Of the 84 members of her family sent, she and her sister Blanca were the sole survivors. Weitz will present the true story of her life and experiences in Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen, and other death camps, and will reflect on how those experiences shaped her life and the lives of countless others. Two years ago the college presented Weitz with a certificate of honor to commend her long history of sharing her story with Gordon students.

Weitz, author of "I Promised I Would Tell," is co-founder of the Holocaust Center, Boston North, in Peabody. For her efforts, Weitz was awarded the State of Israel New Life Award. She has also been recognized by the U.S. Congress and named Woman of the Year by B'nai B'rith, one of the world's largest and oldest Jewish human rights, community action, and humanitarian organizations. Appointed by President George W. Bush, Weitz serves on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum-America's national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history.

The Weitz lecture is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Dr. Marvin Wilson, professor of biblical studies at Gordon, 978.867.4356.

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