Holocaust survivor and author Max Eisen to visit NC March 20


Faculty, staff and students will have a chance to hear from author and Holocaust survivor Max Eisen, thanks to an event hosted by the NC Libraries.

Eisen will be at NC’s Benchmark Restaurant on March 20, between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., for a presentation on his book: By Chance Alone: A Remarkable True Story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz.

The presentation will be followed by a question period and book signing. Light refreshments will be served.
The event is open to faculty, staff and students of Niagara College.

Staff at the NC Libraries organized the event after By Chance Alone was the selected title last semester by NC Reads.

Eisen also delivered a powerful presentation at Niagara College’s Welland Campus (Applied Health Institute auditorium) in April 2015.

About Max Eisen

Eisen was brought face to face with the absolute evil of the Nazi Holocaust as a teenager. While celebrating the Jewish Passover holiday with his family in Moldava in the former Czechoslovakia in 1929, he remembers how soldiers kicked down his front door and forced them to hand over their most cherished possessions. Eventually, he and his family were placed on cattle cars and deported to a death camp called Auschwitz, where he lost most of his family, including his mother and siblings, when they were sent to the gas chambers. When Eisen asked where his family went, the Nazi officers told him they had “gone to the chimney.” He never had a chance to say goodbye. Eisen recounts a story of tragedy and loss, but also of courage as he fought for his life for over a year in the most horrific conditions in multiple camps and, finally, on a death march that lasted for days. After living in Canada for many years, he began to share his story to educate new generations about the lessons of the Holocaust, and on the importance of standing up for freedom every day.

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