Martin Spett

            

 

Brief History

Raised in Tarnow, Poland, (a city of 70,000 at the outbreak of the Second World War) with his sister, Spett's mother, Sala Leisten had been born a US citizen in Newark New Jersey, but returned to Poland to marry Arthur Spett. The family survived ghetto life, prison, and internment at Bergen-Belsen. During Passover, 13 April 1945, Martin and his family were liberated by American soldiers as their train headed for the Theresienstadt concentration camp. After the War, Spett and his family immigrated to the United States where he became a designer of women's handbags. Since 1980, Spett has been a frequent speaker on the Holocaust at schools throughout the region while also expressing his feelings on his experiences through art and poetry.

Spett's Poetry

War

Arid are the sands of time.
Cracked are the hopes of men
As of lime.
Never to learn from the past,
To live in peace at last.
Generation after generation,
Here are the cry of war,
To know peace no more.

 

Spett's Artwork

 

 

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Yousef Bashir

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”?

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

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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