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Holocaust Survivor to Speak at UW Nov. 10

November 1, 2017

As part of the University of Wyoming Holocaust Remembrance Week Nov. 6-10, Holocaust survivor Estelle Nadel will speak Friday, Nov. 10, at 4 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Ballroom.

All events are free and open to the public, and sponsored by the recognized student organization UW Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. The foundation strives to educate about Jewish culture and provide Jewish students with religious connection in Laramie.

Emphasizing the importance of newer generations to learn about the Holocaust while some survivors are still alive, Nadel will share her story of struggle and survival as a child in hiding in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Nadel and her brothers were allowed passage to the United States and arrived in April 1947. She was adopted by a couple in Long Island and lived her high school years in the Los Angeles area.

Nadel didn’t discuss her Holocaust experience until her daughter-in-law, a teacher, convinced her to tell her story to an eighth-grade class. Since then, she has presented her story to classrooms and communities across the country.

Holocaust victims’ names will be read each day during Holocaust Remembrance Week from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Wyoming Union breezeway near the Copy and Print Center. Those interested in reading names, in 30-minute increments, can sign up online at

The process of dehumanization was fundamental to the Nazi destruction of European Jews during the Holocaust.

“By reading aloud the names of victims during Holocaust Remembrance Week, we restore their humanity, honor their memory and recognize that the 6 million Jewish and 5 million other victims were individual men, women and children,” says Jenna Yoches, Hillel president.

UW events coincide with Kristallnacht, also referred to as “The Night of Broken Glass,” a persecution against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and Austria Nov. 9-10, 1938.

For more information, email Yoches at

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