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German Jewish Allied Soldier to Reflect on World War II on April 28

Fritz Weinschenk

The School of Arts & Sciences at New York City College of Technology will host a special guest lecture, ‘From Omaha Beach to Nuremberg: A German Jewish Allied Soldier’s Reflections on World War II and Its Aftermath,’ by Fritz Weinschenk on April 28, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., in the College’s Atrium Amphitheater, 300 Jay Street (at Tillary) in Downtown Brooklyn. The event, part of a City Tech series of Veterans Appreciation Week special events scheduled for April 26 to April 29, is free and open to the College community and general public.

German Jewish Allied soldier Fritz Weinschenk, who attended City College of New York and New York University School of Law, will discuss the combat and other experiences he encountered after barely escaping from Germany with his family following the Nazi regime’s rise to power. During World War II, Mr. Weinschenk served both in Europe and in the Pacific Theater, under General Douglas MacArthur. After the war, he was involved in the Nuremberg Trials, which first tried 22 of the most important captured leaders of Nazi Germany from November 1945 to October 1946. A second set of trials of lesser war criminals included the Doctors' Trial and the Judges' Trial. Mr. Weinschenk was featured in the documentary film About Face and was the subject of a chapter in The Enemy I Knew: German Jews in the Allied Military in World War II.

Their ranks are thinning with the passage of time. Recent figures indicate that the number of Holocaust survivors residing in Brooklyn and Queens totals only about 25,000 men and women. Of the 16 million-plus Americans who fought to defend our way of life in World War II, only about 2 million were still living in late 2009. The average age of both groups makes them octogenarians and the time will come before too long when fading film will be about all that’s left to reveal in a graphic way the enormous suffering and other ravages of war in Europe and the Pacific that the two groups endured during that long and tragic period in history. Mr. Weinschenk will vividly recount that terrible time.    

For more Information on the Fritz Weinschenk presentation, contact Dean Pamela Brown, School of Arts & Sciences, at pbrown@citytech.cuny.edu.

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