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Author and Holocaust Survivor Jasha Levi Speaks at Mercer County Holocaust-Genocide Resource Center

2/28/13


West Windsor, N.J.: Author and Holocaust survivor Jasha Levi spoke at the Mercer County Holocaust-Genocide Resource Center on Wednesday, Feb. 13 to a packed room of teachers, parents and children wanting to hear the story of this 90-year-old who spent his youth during the Holocaust, eventually making his way to freedom in the United States.

Attendees listened with rapt attention as Levi explained how he escaped the German occupation of Yugoslavia and was deported into forced confinement in Italy. After teaching in a school for Jewish refugee children near Venice, he went on to fight during the last year of WWII.  He made his way to New York in 1956 when he was 35 years old.

Levi discussed the many sacrifices he had to make in his life when he left his home country.

Elizabeth DiGiorgio, co-director of the Mercer County Holocaust-Genocide Resource Center, is pictured with author and Holocaust survivor Jasha Levi, who spoke about his life experiences in a talk at the center in February.

“People who have lived their lives in freedom in this country have no idea what it means to be uprooted,” he said.  "Your life stops, and suddenly you are nobody.”

Some of the many professions he has held include war engineer, journalist, electrician, draftsman, and toy seller at Saks Fifth Avenue.  He eventually went on to become the associate director of Recording for the Blind, Inc., and the executive director of In Touch Networks, Inc.

Over the last few years he has added author to his long list of accomplishments, writing three books which reflect on his life experiences, in particular the history of the Holocaust.

Levi said it wasn’t until he began writing his memoir and his editor began asking him more details about his life that he realized he was part of a major occurrence in history. 

“The fact that six million Jews died in the Holocaust, but I survived….I never really thought about that, that I was truly a part of that historical event,” he said, noting that he spent much of his life in denial. 

Levi is the author of “Requiem for a Country,” “Blood Without Honey,” and “The Last Exile: The Tapestry of a Life.”  More information on Levi is available here.

For a list of upcoming events at the Mercer County Holocaust-Genocide Resource Center, click here.

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