Holocaust Survivor To Speak At Historical Society Aug. 10th

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The Highline Historical Society is sponsoring a very special presentation this Sunday, Aug. 10th, from 2pm–4pm at SeaTac City Hall (4800 S. 188th, SeaTac – map below) with Henry Friedman, author of the 1999 memoir “I’m No Hero: Journeys of a Holocaust Survivor.”

Some elements of the discussion will include:

  • Friedman will recount his adolescence and coming of age under the unspeakable horror of Nazism.
  • When the Nazis overran their home near the Polish-Ukrainian border, the Friedman family was saved by Ukrainian Christians who had worked for them at their family farm in the nearby village of Suchowola.
  • When the Russians liberated the family after 18 months in hiding, Henry, just short of 16, made his way with his family to a displaced persons camp in Austria.
  • In the camp, he discovered sex, money, and the intricacies of the black market.
  • Like many other Holocaust survivors, he found it difficult to examine the past.  However, his sense of obligation to bear witness eventually overcame his painful memories and his feelings of survivor-guilt.
  • In his “I’m No Hero” presentation, Mr. Friedman confronts with unblinking honesty the pain, shame, and bizarre comedy that were his passage to adulthood.

Audience:  Middle School through Adult, due to some mature content.

This should be a very interesting and informative event.

You can read Friedman’s book online here.

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