Holocaust survivor Fred Amram, a retired award-winning professor of communication and creativity at the University of Minnesota, will speak in the Fine Arts Theater on Minnesota West Community & Technical College’s Worthington campus from noon to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 16.
Born in Nazi Germany in 1933, Amram and his family experienced Kristallnacht and other acts of violence directed at Jews. He escaped with his parents to New York City in 1939. Although the transition to a new language and culture was difficult, the alternatives were worse. Consequently, his adopted country truly became a land of opportunity where one could build a new life and become more than a “survivor.” The loss of uncles, aunts, a grandmother, and many more relatives has motivated him to share his story and to speak against genocide everywhere.
Amram’s 2016 memoir “We’re in America Now: A Survivor’s Stories” is his transition from scholarly writing to storytelling. He recently co-authored “Lest We Forget” with his wife, artist Sandra Brick. This visual memoir explores his childhood experiences in Nazi Germany and then as a refugee in the United States.
All attendees are welcome to attend a reception in the Commons with Amram immediately following the Nov. 16 presentation. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.