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Holocaust Survivor Judith Altmann, A Community Presentation
March 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Judith Altmann, a Holocaust survivor and speaker for the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center, returns to Wilton on Tuesday, March 19 to share her story with the community.
Born in Jasina, Czechoslovakia, which was invaded by the Nazis in 1939, Altmann was arrested in 1944 and transported to Auschwitz concentration camp with her niece, where they were selected for work, rather than sent to the gas chambers and death. From there she was moved to Essen and Gelsenkirchen Labour camps, where she remained until March 1945, and later survived the “death march” that ended in the Bergen Belsen concentration camp. Sick with typhus, Altmann was barely alive when she was liberated by the British Army in 1945. She was given the opportunity to go to Sweden, where she lived until emigrating to the United States in 1948.
Altmann, who has extensive experience speaking in schools, is a member of the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Speakers Bureau, and is vice president of the Holocaust Child Survivors of Connecticut.
This presentation follows Altmann’s visit to Middlebrook where she spoke to all of the students during two school-wide assemblies. Her message is one of hope and forgiveness, encouraging her listeners to think for themselves and speak out against injustice.