Child of Holocaust Survivor Presents to College on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Thursday, March 3, 2022

A Message from Wendy Givoglu, Interim President, East and Winter Park Campuses

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day (IHRD), Thursday, January 27, 2022, Study Abroad and Global Experiences collaborated with Professor of English Aby Boumarate and the Peace and Justice Institute’s Conversation on Justice to present “Intersections of Life, Law and Surviving the Unspeakable,” a session presented by Stanley Goldman, a child of a Holocaust survivor.

At the beginning of the session, Stanley shared that IHRD is a special day to honor and reflect on the lives of Europe’s Jews who were targeted for extirpation, and that few are still alive.

Stanley’s book, “Left to the Mercy of a Rude Stream,” was written about securing a rescue of women imprisoned at a concentration camp. He included many references to his mother in the book, and while reading sections aloud, he read “phonetically” and with a very thick Jewish accent, which sounded just like his mother.

He also shared that both his older sister and brother were taken and lost to the Holocaust when they were children. In 1998, when the German government agreed to compensate each Holocaust survivor alive with $7,500, his mother eagerly awaited the check. It was a small victory for her. Unfortunately, Stanley’s mother passed before she received the check.

“I am here today due to my parent’s history,” he said.

It took him four years to research and an additional four years to compile the information and draft the book. During his research, he saw a Swedish newspaper article that contained a photograph of women being rescued from the concentration campus and recognized his mother in the photo.

Stanley also explained his experience as a lawyer and scholar as it relates to international human rights and genocide. He founded the “Center for the Study of Law and Genocide” at Loyola Law School and currently teaches criminal law, evidence and the law, criminal procedure and genocide classes.

Please plan on participating in similar events during Global Peace Week, the PJI’s fall conference happening in late September 2022.

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