Remembering the Holocaust

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Article Published: Sep. 27, 2012 | Modified: Oct. 4, 2012
Remembering the Holocaust

Ralph Jacobson

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Ralph Jacobson will present a lecture about his childhood in Nazi Germany, including his memories of Reichskristallnacht on Nov. 9, 1938, and the murder of his father by the Nazis the same year.

The lecture takes place Oct. 3, at 7 p.m., in Room 5 of Anne Belk Hall on the Appalachian State University campus and is open to the public and free to attend.

Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in 1933 dramatically changed the lives of every Jewish family in Germany. Jacobson will describe just how difficult it was to be Jewish in the Third Reich.

Jacobson was born Jan. 15, 1928, in Osnabrueck, Germany. He came to the United States in 1939, graduated from City College of New York (cum laude) in 1949, and from New York University Law School (cum laude) in 1953. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955, and then worked as a senior attorney for Sears, Roebuck and Co. from 1958 to 1990.

After retiring in 1990, Jacobson moved with his wife, Vivian, to Pinehurst, where he is an active volunteer in numerous service organizations. He has served on the boards of the Moore Parks Foundation, the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities and SCORE. He speaks frequently to school classes and civic organizations.

Jacobson’s lecture is presented by ASU’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies. For more information, call (828) 262-2311 or visit

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