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Holocaust survivor Judy Freeman will speak at Moravian College about her experience at the Auschwitz concentration camp and her struggle to escape the Nazis. Her lecture, titled, "I Survived Auschwitz" will be held on Tuesday, October 20, at 4 p.m. in Dana, Collier Hall of Science, Moravian College. This event, sponsored by the German Club, is free and open to the general public.
Judy Freeman was born in Czechoslovakia. In 1944, after the German occupation, she and her parents and one sister were deported. By the end of the war, her immediate family, along with thirty-seven other relatives, had been murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust. She survived seven months at Auschwitz-Birkenau from where she was taken to the slave labor camp of Guben. Finally, she was deported to the concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen where she was liberated on April 15, 1945, by British forces.
Judy Freeman met her husband Lou and was married in 1946. After 18 months in a displaced persons camp, she came to the United States in 1947. She became the director of the Jewish Community Center Nursery School in Allentown until her retirement in 1985. The Freeman’s have three sons and three granddaughters.
Judy is involved today in Holocaust education and in sharing the truth about a terrible time in history that she managed to survive.