Holocaust Museum Houston presents Dr. Alan Schlesinger
Holocaust Museum Houston and its Boniuk Library will host Dr. Alan Schlesinger for a free author talk. Dr. Schlesinger will discuss his new book, Resilience: The Story of How My Father Survived the Holocaust. The evening’s moderator is Dee Dee Dochen, founder of DDD Marketing Communications.
Dr. Schlesinger will tell the story of his father Joe’s three-year journey of survival that included 17 months of forced laborer on the eastern front followed by deportation to Auschwitz, where he survived for six months before spending an additional four months in five other concentration camps. Following a harrowing escape to the US occupation zone of Germany, he lived for four years as a Displaced Person before emigrating to the United States where he was documented as the 10,000th DP to arrive in the US. On arrival, he was interviewed and quoted by several newspaper reporters, including then-journalist Ed Sullivan of the New York Daily News.
Losing most of his entire family, Joe Schlesinger had nothing to return to in his home country. Recovering both physically and emotionally, he started a new life and a family in the United States. Resilience is the story of his survival against all odds, the importance of friendships, and the role of resilience and forgiveness in the ultimate victories of joy, optimism and living a meaningful life.
Copies of the book will be on sale and available for signature from the author immediately following the presentation. Proceeds of the sale will be donated to the Museum.