Holocaust survivor to speak at WCU March 14

Susan Cernyak-Spatz will speak about her experiences during the Holocaust on March 14 at Western Carolina University.

Susan Cernyak-Spatz will speak about her experiences during the Holocaust on March 14 at Western Carolina University.

 

Holocaust survivor Susan Cernyak-Spatz will share stories from her 2005 published memoir, “Protective Custody: Prisoner 34042,” at 7 p.m. Monday, March 14, in the Western Carolina University Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center.

A retired professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Cernyak-Spatz travels extensively in the United States and overseas and shares about her two years at the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. She explains how she survived as a young and healthy individual who was able to work.

The program at WCU will feature Cernyak-Spatz’s testimony of survival and her in-depth knowledge of the Holocaust as she retells her experience at the concentration camp. “It will not only raise awareness, but will teach and inform others about the horrors of the Holocaust,” said Yolany Gonell, associate director of intercultural affairs.

This event is sponsored by WCU’s Jewish Student Organization, Center for Leadership, Student Government Association and the Department of Intercultural Affairs. It is open to the public free of charge. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

“It is a great honor to partner with these different WCU organizations to provide an opportunity to listen to a Holocaust survivor’s story and learn about the strength that it took to survive,” Gonell said.

For more information, contact WCU’s Office of Intercultural Affairs at 828-227-2276 or intercultural.wcu.edu.