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W&L Hillel Presents Holocaust Remembrance Week Activities

— by on April 17th, 2008

Washington and Lee University’s Hillel presents Holocaust Remembrance Week from April 28 – May 2. The planned activities range from films to a vigil to a talk by a Holocaust survivor, the grandmother of a current W&L student.

All of the Holocaust Remembrance Week activities are open to the public without charge.

Judith Hruza, a retired physician and survivor of the Holocaust, will give a talk on Thursday, May 1, at 4:30 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theater in W&L’s Elrod Commons. The topic of her talk will be about her experiences during the death march from Budapest to Austria, at the end of 1944, and her liberation. The death march forced out most of the Jews who were living in Hungary at that time. Hruza is the grandmother of senior Audrey Horn.

Born on the border between Czechoslovakia and Hungary, she was in Budapest to attend high school when Jews were forced to march on foot to camps in Austria. Dr. Hruza decided on a life in medicine because of a physician she met on the death march. She attended medical school in Prague and in 1966 escaped from Czechoslovakia to Sweden then on to the United States in 1970.

The activities at Washington and Lee during Hillel’s Holocaust Remembrance Week are:

All films will be in the Stackhouse Theater in Elrod Commons.