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Holocaust Survivor to Speak at Penn State

by on April 03, 2017 4:00 PM

Holocaust survivor Irene Weisberg Zisblatt will visit Penn State on Tuesday to discuss her experiences as an inmate in Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and as part of Dr. Josef Mengele’s experiments.

The event will be held in Eisenhower Auditorium starting at 7:30 p.m. The speech is free and tickets are available at the Eisenhower Auditorium box office, the HUB information desk, Bryce Jordan Center, and the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center.

Zisblatt, born in 1929 and best known for her autobiography, “The Fifth Diamond,” as well as her testimony in Steven Spielberg’s documentary “The Last Days,” is part of the Penn State Hillel’s annual speaker series that brings Holocaust survivors to tell their stories at Penn State.

“It’s something that hits home to me, and I’m very passionate to share the survivors’ stories, especially Irene’s,” said student Jamie Butler, who has played a role in bringing each of the last three Holocaust speakers to Penn State. “By bringing Holocaust survivors to campus, I can play my role in educating people about the past, and making sure that it never happens again.”


Steve Connelly is a staff writer for Onward State.
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