An 82-year-old Jewish survivor of the Auschwitz Nazi death
camp in Poland who still
bears his six-digit camp number carved into his left forearm will speak to
students at Montclair State University
on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 10 a.m. at the Student Center
room 419. The event is open to members of the University community and all are invited to attend.
Maurice Siidmarc, of Long Island, who was in a barracks at Auschwitz right next to one of the crematoria where the
Jews were incinerated after being gassed to death (“We talked about it, but my
mind couldn’t accept it, that they were burning bodies”), will meet with Professor
Ron Hollander’s journalism seminar, “The Holocaust and the American Press,”
examining how the press covered the Holocaust from 1941-45.
Of 92 people in Siidmarc’s extended family in Poland, only
seven survived World War II, and now only Siidmarc and a cousin remain. Siidmarc, who fought in the Israeli war for
independence in 1948, created his own last name after the war using the
initials of many of his murdered family members.
Siidmarc came to America in 1958, and for 50 years
couldn’t speak about his experiences, even to his children. “Finally I felt guilty about not telling
others about it,” he said. “My father of
blessed memory taught me it was alright to dislike, but not to hate.”
For more information, please contact Professor Ron Hollander at firstname.lastname@example.org.