YORK, Pa. — Penn State York’s free cultural series continues on Tuesday, Nov. 2, when Holocaust survivor Peter Stein shares his story, “Surviving the Holocaust: Memories of a Czech Family in Nazi Prague." The program will take place at 7 p.m. in the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center and is free and open to the public. Tickets are needed for this event and can be obtained in the Pullo Center box office.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Esther Bauer, the originally scheduled speaker for the evening, is unable to appear.
Stein was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, to a Jewish father and a Catholic mother, two years before the Nazi occupation of Prague. His father was forced into slave labor and later deported to Terezin (Theresienstadt), a work and death camp, which he survived. Nine members of his father’s family were killed in concentration camps.
During the war, Stein attended a school where photos of Adolph Hitler and the German flag were displayed in every classroom. He dealt with anti-Semitism and lived through air-raid drills and bombings by Allied aircraft. After coming to the United States, Stein attended public schools in New York, learned English, graduated from the City College of New York, and earned his doctorate in sociology from Princeton University.
For a number of years Stein was professor of sociology and co-director of the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. He taught courses on the Holocaust and developed workshops for teachers and community members. For the past three years, Stein has been an associate director for aging workforce initiatives at the University of North Carolina Institute on Aging in Chapel Hill.
Penn State York’s free cultural series is sponsored by the Penn State York Office of Student Affairs.