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City Tech Marked Kristallnacht, End of WWII on November 11
Pictured here, from the left to right, are City Tech President Russell K. Hotzler, Dr. Blobel, Dr. Kirschner, Mr. Jacobs, Dr. James Goldman, community activist and coordinator of the event, and Mr. Albert Sherman, president of the City Tech Jewish Faculty & Staff Association.
Photo credit: Alberto Vargas.
City Tech marked the 72nd anniversary of Kristallnacht and the 65th anniversary of the end of WWII on Thursday, November 11, with a keynote speech by Ann Kirschner, PhD, author of Sala's Gift: My Mother's Holocaust Story, and the presentation of humanitarian awards to Nobel Prize winner Günter Blobel, MD, PhD, and Interfaith Committee of Remembrance (ICOR) founder and chairman Jerry Jacobs. Dr. Kirschner spoke movingly about how her mother, Sala, had volunteered as a young and adventurous teenage girl to report for what she thought would be a six-week work assignment in a Nazi labor camp in place of her older sister. Sala’s Gift is the story of the five terrible years Sala spent in seven different labor/concentration camps and what kept her hopes up for all that time. Of an extended family of 50 members, only Sala and two of her siblings survived the Holocaust, which claimed the lives of an estimated 11 million men, women and children.