Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Holocaust survivor Dr. Zev Harel to share experiences in Asheboro library talk

Dr. Zev Harel (photo by Corey Weller,
courtesy of Elon News Network
ASHEBORO – A survivor of three Nazi concentration camps including Auschwitz, Dr. Zev Harel will reflect on his experiences in a talk at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 27, at the Asheboro library.

His appearance is free and the public is invited.

Harel was 15 when he was liberated by U.S. troops at the Ebensee concentration camp in Austria.  He had experienced deportation to a ghetto, transport to Auschwitz in railroad cattle cars, separation from his family there, and forced labor at Ebensee.

A professor emeritus in the School of Social Work at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio,  Harel has been a public speaker about the Holocaust for the past 40 years, seeking to honor the memories and legacies of the Holocaust and reflect on its meaning.

After his release, Harel assisted with the immigration of Holocaust survivors to Palestine. He served in the Jewish defense forces and later in the Israeli military after the country was established by the United Nations in 1948.

He was educated in Israel and the United States, and earned a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He and his wife retired to Greensboro, where one of their daughters resides.

Harel’s appearance is sponsored by the North Carolina Holocaust Council.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street. For further information, call 336-318-6803.

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