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Holocaust Survivor, MCCC Professor Emeritus Vera Goodkin to Speak at Holocaust Remembrance Day


WEST WINDSOR – Dr. Vera Goodkin, professor emeritus at Mercer County Community College who escaped the Holocaust with the help of famed rescuer Raoul Wallenberg, will offer a presentation in observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day on Tuesday, April 9, at 4:30 p.m. at the Mercer County Holocaust-Genocide Resource Center (MCHGRC).

The center is located on MCCC’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road, on the second floor of the Library Building.

Goodkin and her parents escaped to Budapest, Hungary, after they were betrayed in their hiding place in Czechoslovakia in 1944. Their escape to Budapest led them through muddy fields on a cold, rainy night. They ultimately survived only with the help of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who is credited with saving as many as 100,000 Jews during the Holocaust.

Goodkin and her family came to the United States when she was 16 to escape the newly-installed communist regime. In 2006, Goodkin published her memoir, “In Sunshine and in Shadow, We Remember Them.” A professor of English and French at MCCC for more than 30 years, Goodkin was recently featured in the Trenton Times and remains an active educator with the State Commission on Holocaust Education and as an Advisory Commission member at the MCHGRC.

The lecture is free and open to the public, with two hours of professional development credit available for educators. To register, visit http://education.state.nj.us/events/.

For more information on the lecture or the Mercer County Holocaust-Genocide Resource Center, email mcholgen@gmail.com or visit the MCHGRC website at www.mccc.edu/holocaust.

Vera GoodkinDr. Vera Goodkin, MCCC professor emeritus, will give a presentation in observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Mercer County Holocaust-Genocide Resource Center.


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