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Holocaust survivor Fred Gross to speak Feb. 22

'Family on the run'

Holocaust survivor Fred Gross to tell of his Jewish 'family on the run' Feb. 22.

2011-02-23
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [2-14-11]

Holocaust survivor and author Fred Gross will tell the story about his Jewish family on the run in Nazi Europe when he presents a Kessel Peace Institute lecture Tuesday, Feb. 22, at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Gross, author of “One Step Ahead of Hitler: A Jewish Child’s Journey Through France,” will speak from 12:30-1:45 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium of Centennial Student Union. The lecture is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

For five years – from the day in 1940 when German bombs fell on Antwerp, Belgium, until the war ended – the Gross family hid from Nazi troops as they ran for thousands of miles across Europe. The memoir, published by Mercer University Press, is a collection of memories sparked by Gross’ interviews with his mother and two older brothers.

Gross, born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1936, for many years was a reporter for the New Haven, Conn., Journal-Courier. For the last 15 years he has shared his story with audiences across the country. He is a graduate of New York University.

Those who want more information about the Kessel Lecture may contact Michelle Alvarez at (507)-389-1253 or michelle.alvarez@mnsu.edu.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive, doctoral university with 15,393 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system.

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