World War II Studies

World War II survivor Leslie Schwartz

Healing Through A Survivor’s Eyes

Professor Marc David Bonagura, Director of the Brookdale Community College Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution, will facilitate a discussion and presentation based on the work of Leslie Schwartz. Schwartz, a survivor of Auschwitz and Dachau, has spent the past ten summers educating German and international students about his healing journey. His mission is to promote greater understanding and unity among all people and to create a better future where peace, democracy and human rights thrive – his message is one of conflict resolution and healing.

Featured in major media across the globe, including The New York Times, NPR and Fox News, Schwartz is also the subject of a documentary film, The Mühldorf Train of Death by Beatrice Sonhüter. His autobiography Surviving the Hell of Auschwitz and Dachau (2013), co-written with Bonagura, was published by Lit Verlag Press. Schwartz was awarded the The Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2013, and, in 2017, he was invited to sign the Golden Book in his adopted German hometown of Münster. He has spoken several times at United Nations events in New York City. Professor Bonagura has worked closely with Schwartz since 2010.

Mon, Apr 2, 7-9 pm
Fee and Code: $19, XWWTS 305