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11/20/2006 Holocaust survivor to speak at Linfield

McMINNVILLE - Holocaust survivor Alter Wiener will present "Holocaust: My Story," on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 3 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Religious Studies Department and the Office of the Chaplain at Linfield.

Wiener, born and raised in Chrzanow, Poland, near the German border, will speak about his experience in concentration camps during the Holocaust. At age 13, he watched as his father's partially decomposed body was exhumed from a pit along with 36 other Jews who had been shot and killed by German soldiers.

"This traumatic experience has been haunting me ever since," he writes. "It resonates in my frequent nightmares."

Wiener spent more than three years in five different forced labor and concentration camps during the Holocaust. In addition to his father, his stepmother, stepbrother and 120 other relatives also died. Wiener was liberated from Waldenburg Concentration Camp on May 9, 1945 by the Russian Army. Wiener immigrated to the United States in 1960, where he worked as an accountant during the day and attended classes at night. He is married with two sons and four grandchildren.

For more information, call 503-883-2569.