Gisela Glaser

 

Brief History

Born in Tarnow, Poland in 1924, Gisela Glaser was one of four children. Her father died shortly before Germany invaded Treblinka, Poland in 1939, and the rest of her immediate and extended family perished at the hands of the Nazis during the War. Glaser endured ghetto life, imprisonment at Plaszow, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Bergen Belsen, Mauthausen, and Venusburg. She survived these camps as a slave laborer working as a seamstress, a salt-miner, and an airplane-cleaner. After being liberated, Glaser immigrated to the United States and settled in the Bronx.

 

Glaser's Memoirs

"Instead of a miracle, in June 1942 in my town the Germans carried out the most extensive liquidation campaign, during a 7 day period.  Every morning during the deportation, my little brother climbed up on the old tree in our back yard.  He was 7 years old and had no life permit.  Evenings after he came down from his hiding place he begged us to save him, he explained to us, "how much he wants to live, to grow up to be a man."

 

 








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Manhattan College , 4513 Manhattan College Pkwy , Bronx, NY 10471

Author and Palestinian- American, Yousef Bashir, will be discussing his memoir "Words Of My Father" this coming October. His book recalls his adolescence in the Gaza Strip during the Second Intifada. He discusses the occupation, the violence of being shot by an IDF soldier, and how he made a commitment to peace in the face of prejudice and anger. Yousef currently resides in Washington D.C, where he has worked on Capitol Hill and served as a member of the Palestinian Diplomatic Delegation to the United States. He continues to serve as a hardworking advocate on Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

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Peter Hayes: “November 1938 as Turning Point”?

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Please join us on November 12th, time TBD with Peter Hayes for our annual Kristallnacht Lecture and Frederick Schweitzer lecture. Peter Hayes is a professor of History and German at Northwestern University. He specializes in the histories of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust and, in particular, in the conduct of the nation’s largest corporations during the Third Reich.

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