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Article Published: Jul. 12, 2012 | Modified: Jul. 18, 2012
Holocaust survivor to speak at symposium

Holocaust survivor Morris Glass will speak about his childhood spent in ghettos and concentration camps in Nazi-occupied Europe.

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On Tuesday, July 17, at 1:30 p.m., Morris Glass, a survivor of the Holocaust, will speak at the Broyhill Events Center on the campus of Appalachian State University.

His talk is part of the 11th annual Martin and Doris Rosen Symposium on Remembering the Holocaust: A Summer Symposium for Educators and the Community, which is sponsored by the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies.

The talk is free and open to the public.

The symposium is made possible by Martin and Doris Rosen, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany Inc. – Rabbi Israel Miller Fund for Shoah Research, Documentation and Education, and other contributors.

During his talk, Glass will describe what happened to him during the Nazi period. He was 11 years old when the Nazis invaded Poland. A childhood filled with school, sports and movies was transformed into a nightmare of ghettos and camps, unending hunger, exhausting work, fear and loss.

Glass spent four and a half years in ghettos in his hometown and in Lodz, two months in Auschwitz-Birkenau, and eight months in five camps that were part of the Dachau camp system. During those years, he lost his youth, his home and his father, mother and two sisters. Out of 42 close family members only Glass, his brother and a first cousin survived.

With Carolyn Happer, a professor of history at Meredith College, Glass wrote “Chosen for Destruction: The Story of a Holocaust Survivor.” He will sign copies of the book after the presentation.

ASU’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies offers educational programs to students, teachers and community members. The center’s mission is to strengthen tolerance, understanding and remembrance by increasing the knowledge of Jewish culture and history, teaching the history and meaning of the Holocaust, and using these experiences to explore peaceful avenues for human improvement and the prevention of future genocides.

For more information, call (828) 262-2311, email ( , or visit

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