Holocaust survivor and Jewish studies scholar to speak March 22 at WCU

Holocaust survivor Lotte Meyerson and Mark Boyd, retired professor at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, will present “Germany’s Response to its Holocaust Past” at noon Thursday, March 22, in the Grandroom of the A.K. Hinds University Center on the campus of Western Carolina University.

The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 11 a.m.

Meyerson will share her experience regarding the anti-Semitic Nuremberg Laws and the Holocaust as well as her return years later to Darmstadt, Germany, for a reconciliation program. Meyerson lived in Darmstadt until her family migrated to Chicago in 1937. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology at Roosevelt University in Chicago at age 43 and has worked professionally and as a volunteer on issues of civil rights, women’s equality, poverty, the environment, peace, the death penalty and prison reform. She has said she believes strongly in bringing together people of different faiths. Meyerson and her husband live in Asheville.

Boyd has a doctoral degree in chemical physics from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in computer science from Wichita State University. He recently retired from UNCA, where he taught computer science and humanities. After teaching about the Holocaust in a UNCA humanities course, he changed his research focus to Jewish studies.

The event is sponsored by the WCU Jewish Student Organization in collaboration with the WCU Department of Intercultural Affairs.

For more information, contact Sarah Carter, WCU associate director of resource services, at 828-227-2617 or sacarter@wcu.edu or the Jewish Student Organization at wcujewishstudentorg@yahoo.com.