Lenoir-Rhyne University will welcome Holocaust survivor Dr. Walter Ziffer on Friday, March 31 at 10 a.m. in the Belk Centrum. The event is sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council and Lenoir-Rhyne University's School of Arts and Letters, Modern Foreign Languages Program, and Institute for Faith and Learning.
During World War II, Dr. Ziffer was held as a prisoner for three years in seven different Nazi slave labor and concentration camps. He will share his personal experiences and compelling story of survival.
"This is Dr. Ziffer's third visit to LRU," said Dr. Gabriele Weinberger, Professor of German and French at LRU. "It is a rare opportunity to hear firsthand accounts of the Holocaust from a survivor, and we consider it an honor and a privilege to host this important event." According to Dr. Weinberger, a question and answer session will follow Dr. Ziffer's presentation.
A native of Czechoslovakia, Dr. Ziffer is an engineer, biblical scholar, theologian, author and teacher. He has taught in France and Belgium, as well as in the United States, and has been in and out of retirement as professor of Jewish studies at Mars Hill University in North Carolina. Dr. Ziffer has celebrated his 90th birthday and remains an active scholar who has recently published his autobiography.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit lr.edu/publicevents or contact Dr. Weinberger at Gabriele.Weinberger@lr.edu. For more information about the North Carolina Humanities Council, visit www.nchumanities.org.
"This project is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the anities."