Holocaust survivor shares her experiences next month

Contact: Harriet Laird

Holocaust survivor Ann Jaffe speaks at Mississippi State on Oct. 10.
Holocaust survivor Ann Jaffe speaks at Mississippi State on Oct. 10.

STARKVILLE, Miss.--At Mississippi State Oct. 10, Holocaust survivor Ann Jaffe will share personal experiences from one of the most tragic and significant events of the 20th century.

Sponsored by the university's Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, the free program begins at 4 p.m. in McCool Hall's Taylor Auditorium.

"For many of us, this will be our only opportunity to hear an individual's firsthand account of the Holocaust," said Provost Jerry Gilbert. "It is important that we learn from history and listen to the personal stories of people like Ms. Jaffe."

In her presentation, the retired educator of Jewish studies will stress the need for tolerance in today's society.

Born in Eastern Poland, Jaffe was 10 when her family was taken into captivity and only escaped death because the Nazis found value in her parents' skills. The family was transported to a ghetto, but later escaped with the help of Russian-Jewish partisans.

A part of her uplifting message will be the story of a Christian farmer who offered shelter to the family and others in her village.

Today, Jaffe works to further education about the Holocaust and anti-Semitism, which was taught openly in churches, schools and homes during her childhood.

An active volunteer with several charitable organizations, she is a member of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, and Ministry of Caring, a network of services for the poor in greater Wilmington, Del.

For more information on the program, contact the Provost's Office at 662-325-3742.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 05:00