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Holocaust Survivor to Share Story
Ironton Tribune ^ | February 10, 2009 | Benita Heath

Posted on 02/10/2009 1:01:46 PM PST by nickcarraway

Seven decades have passed since Irene Zisblatt survived the Auschwitz. Just a teenager then, Zisblatt endured daily the horrors of the Nazis. She was the only survivor in her family.

She didn’t understand then why there was such brutality. She can’t tell you why she is here today. She can just tell you what happened to her.

Zisblatt, a Hungarian Jew, has done that in her book, “The Fifth Diamond,” in Steven Spielberg’s documentary, “The Last Days,” and on the lecture circuit.

Starting Feb. 23, Zisblatt will bring her story to the Tri-State in a weeklong series of lectures in area schools, Marshall University and at the synagogue for the B’Nai Sholom congregation in Huntington, W.Va.

Locally, Zisblatt will speak to students at Fairland High School on Wednesday afternoon after spending the morning at Barboursville Middle School. Her public engagement starts Monday when she speaks at Huntington High School. That is followed by an appearance at the Marshall University class of Rabbi David Wucher on Tuesday.

On Thursday she will again speak at Marshall, this time at the history class of Prof. Phillip Rutherford.

Then she will be the featured guest at a reception and lecture at B’Nai Sholom starting at 6:30 Thursday. Friday she will speak to students at Cabell Midland High School.

Telling her story is Zisblatt’s mission — her way of stopping genocide — and she believes others have a moral obligation not to let another Holocaust happen again.

Tom Scarr, Huntington attorney and president of B’Nai Sholom congregation, has been coordinating Zisblatt’s Tri-State visit.

“In Huntington and the entire area, there is very little antisemiticism, which is a wonderful things,” Scarr said. “But there is a lot of lack of knowledge and a result of this lack of knowledge, you do hear things that are inappropriate, offensive. It’s important to educate.

“Once people are educated and learn, people are very receptive,” he said.

While there is the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C, soon there will no longer be any survivors who can share their stories firsthand, as Zisblatt is doing.

“It is important that we don’t forget,” Scarr said. “Genocide does happened. There is hate directed toward various people of Middle Eastern origins, an increase of antisemiticism across the country. I’m not so naïve that it couldn’t happen again.”

TOPICS: History; Local News; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: holocaust; shoah

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