Philip Freid was born in Lodz, Poland in May of 1928. He was the youngest of three children born to Ita and Hersz Freid. Mr. Freid was 11 years of age when the Germans invaded Poland in 1939, and he first experienced ghetto life in Lodz at the age of 12. During his family's time in the ghetto, his father died of starvation. In August 1944, 16 year-old Philip and his remaining family members were sent to Auschwitz. Mr. Freid and his brother, Leon, were seperated from their mother and sister on 26 August. The two boys spent six months in Auschwitz before being sent the labor camp Flossenburg, where they worked in a factory making bombs. On May 7, 1945, Mr. Freid and Leon were liberated. After the war, Mr. Freid and Leon went back to Lodz and rented a small apartment, but later Mr. Freid moved to Berlin, Germany to attend a Hebrew school. In 1949, Mr. Freid, his brother, and his sister-in-law settled in the United States.
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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”?
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.