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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.

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

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

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