Lenoir-Rhyne University will welcome Holocaust survivor Walter Ziffer, Ph.D., on Monday, April 9 at 10 a.m. in Belk Centrum. The event is sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council, LR's Modern Languages Program, School of Arts and Letters, and Institute for Faith and Learning.
During World War II, Ziffer was held as a prisoner for three years in seven different Nazi slave labor and concentration camps. During the event, he will share his personal experiences and compelling story of survival. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.
"This is Ziffer's fourth visit to LRU," said Gabriele Weinberger, Ph.D., professor of German and French. "Especially today, 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 speaker."
A native of Czechoslovakia, 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 is a professor emeritus of Jewish studies at Mars Hill University. At 91 years of age, Ziffer is still an active scholar who recently published an autobiography.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Weinberger at Gabriele.Weinberger@lr.edu.