The Polish Experience in World War II: The Christian Holocaust Survivors
For Immediate Release
SUBJECT: Educational Program: The Polish Experience in World War II
WHEN: Wednesday, September 12, 7:00 p.m. – The University of
North Carolina at Greensboro, Recital Hall in the School of Music; Thursday,
September 13, 7:00 p.m. - First Presbyterian Church, Greensboro, NC
CONTACT: Aldona Z. Wos, M.D., (336) 545-5650
COST: Admission is free
A rare opportunity of international interest is being
presented in Greensboro, North Carolina, Wednesday, September 12 at
7 p.m. at UNCG at the Recital Hall in the School of Music at the
corner of West Market and McIver and Thursday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m.
at First Presbyterian Church, 617 North Elm Street . Please note that
the September 13 session has been rescheduled from September 11 as previously
announced. This is expected to be the largest panel in North Carolina
of Historians, Polish Christian Holocaust Survivors, authors and a Rescuer
ever assembled for such a discussion for public education. Historians will
present and answer questions and at least four survivors will discuss their
reflections of their first hand experiences as prisoners of Nazi concentration
camps and Nazi slave/labor camps. The program will last 90 minutes
with a question and answer session following. For those who wish to
stay there will be a viewing of the video "Zegota" afterward. Zegota
was the Polish Government-in-Exile sponsored Council for Aid to Jews in
Six million Polish citizens killed – three million
Jews and three million Christians – a higher percentage than any other
country. Of the three million Christians, more than two million were civilians
killed directly or as prisoners of concentration and slave/labor camps.
Featured during the program are:
- Historian Richard Lukas, Ph.D., author of the acclaimed books "Forgotten
Holocaust" and "Did The Children Cry?", for which he received the Janusz
Korczak Literary Award from the Anti-Defamation League; an American who
has written seven books and published more than 50 articles and reviews.
Copies of Dr. Lukas' books will be available for purchase and signing after
the evening program.
Special Guest Speaker:
- Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski, author of internationally renowned books "Poland
An Illustrated History", "Poland A Historical Atlas," "Jews In Poland"
and the "Polish American Dictionary; Survivor of 5½ years at Sachsenhausen,
prisoner #28865. Copies of Mr. Pogonowski’s books will be available for
purchase and signing after the evening program.
Personal Reflections by:
- Michael Preisler, Survivor of 3½ years at Auschwitz Concentration
Camp; Auschwitz prisoner #22213.
- Bozenna Urbanowicz Gilbride, child survivor of German slave/labor camps;
received the prestigious Louis E. Yawner Award for N.Y. State Department
of Education, Board of Regents; and member of the Speakers Bureau at the
US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
- Wanda Lorenc, teenage survivor of Flossenburg Concentration Camp prisoner
#22610, Ravensbruck Concentration Camp prisoner #70154 and Sachsenhausen/Spandau
Concentration Camp prisoner #9532; awarded seven outstanding War Medals
of Honor; member of Polish Underground/Home Army.
- Paul Wos, Rescuer of 12 Jews and Recipient of the Israel’s Yad Vasham
Medal of Honor "Righteous Among The Nations"; Survivor of Flossenburg Concentration
Camp prisoner #23504; participant of the Warsaw Uprising and a member of
the Polish Underground/Home Army; awarded six outstanding War Medals of
Special Guest Commentators:
- Marek Chodakiewicz, Ph.D., University of Virginia
- John Radzilowski, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
- Krystyna Kuczynska Dudli, member of the Polish Underground/Home Army
The program on Wednesday, September 12, 2001 at UNCG is presented
courtesy of the Jackson Library’s Friends of the UNCG Libraries.
The program on Thursday, September 13, 2001 is presented courtesy
of First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro.
Endorsed by the National Conference for Community and Justice.