‘Great Names’ Brings Holocaust Survivor & Auschwitz Trial Witness Irene Weiss to Bethesda

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Date(s) - Sunday, October 8, 2017
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Bethesda Jewish Congregation


Holocaust Survivor and Auschwitz Trial Witness Irene Weiss will chronicle her fight for survival at the hands of the Nazis, and her ultimate triumph in the face of unimaginable adversity, as the featured ‘Great Names Community Lecture Series’ speaker.

Born Iren Fogel on November 21, 1930 in Bótrágy,Czechoslovakia (now Batrad’, Ukraine) to Meyer and Leah Fogel, Irene Weiss was deported from Hungary to Auschwitz-Birkenau with her family in May 1944. Upon arrival at the camp, her mother, younger siblings and older brother were killed. Irene survived through unthinkable circumstances. With the sponsorship of relatives and financial aid from the HIAS, she immigrated to New York in 1947, married Martin Weiss in 1949, and they moved to Northern Virginia in 1953. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in education from American University and taught in the Fairfax County Public School system. Irene and Martin have three children and four grandchildren, and she volunteers at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. She returned to Germany testify in the trial of Nazi War Criminals.

A Q&A session will follow Ms. Weiss’s discussion, then you’ll have an opportunity to meet and mingle with her.