Maurice Siidmarc, 83, will talk about his time at Auschwitz-Birkenau in August, 1943 (from which he still carries his blue number on his left forearm), and the four other concentration camps he was at before he was liberated from Bergen-Belsen by the British, when he weighed 70 pounds.
Of 92 in his family, seven survived. Today his last name is an anagram he created using the initials of his murdered brothers and sisters.
Maurice went on to Israel in 1948 where he fought in the war for Israeli independence, before coming to America on August 12, 1958, and becoming a plumber in Levittown, NY. Today he says he follows the wisdom he learned from his father of blessed memory: "I don't want to use the word 'hate'; I prefer to say I may 'dislike' something."
Maurice drew a standing-room-only audience of over 100 when he spoke to Prof. Ron Hollander's "Holocaust and the Press" course last fall. As last year, he will be available to meet with students afterwards.
(Press coverage of that event is on the Journalism bulletin board on the fourth floor of Dickson).
ALL ARE INVITED, AND TEACHERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING THEIR CLASSES
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