The Holocaust -- Why?
Cantor David Wisnia to Lecture Feb. 17

2-10-05

David Wisnia, cantor at Har Sinai Temple in Trenton and an Auschwitz concentration camp survivor, will speak at Mercer County Community College on “The Holocaust – Why?” on Thursday, Feb. 17 at 12 noon on the West Windsor Campus, Communications Building, Room 110. The lecture will be teleconferenced to the college’s James Kerney Campus in downtown Trenton, Room KC319. Admission is free and open to the public.

Born in Warsaw, Poland, Wisnia was incarcerated at the notorious Auschwitz for more than three years, saving his life by singing to entertain the Nazi SS and cellblock leaders. He was transferred to Dachau in 1944, surviving the "Death March." He escaped and was rescued by the American 101st Airborn Division. Joining with the 506 Parachute Infantry, he engaged in combat during the closing days of the war with Germany.

Wisnia, a linguist who has mastered seven languages, has performed in concert halls throughout the world. For the past 43 he has led the Mercer-Bucks Jewish Community in song, serving as Cantor at Har Sinai Temple since 1986.

The lecture is part of the college’s Distinguished Lecture Series. For more information call 609-586-4800 ext. 3324.

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