Holocaust survivor Michael Bornstein to speak at Coe

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2018-04-05 11:20:08 - General

Michael Bronstein

Auschwitz survivor Michael Bornstein and his daughter, Debbie Bornstein Holinstat, will discuss the Holocaust at Coe College on Wednesday, April 18, beginning at 1 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. This event is sponsored David and Joan Thaler Holocaust Memorial Fund. It is open to the public at no charge.

Michael Bornstein is one of the youngest known survivors of the Auschwitz death camp. Through a series of photos, recently discovered documents and memories shared, the speakers will relate the unforgettable true story of how a father's courageous wit, a mother's fierce love, and one perfectly timed illness saved Michael's life during the Holocaust.

The public will undoubtedly recognize the iconic photo of a four-year-old Michael at liberation, but few people knew of the miracles behind his survival until he and Debbie released their narrative non-fiction bestseller "Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz." Shocking but also uplifting, this story of what happened to Jews in one Polish village in the 1940s will fascinate audience members.

Michael is a graduate of Fordham University and holds a Ph.D. in pharmaceutics and analytical chemistry from the University of Iowa. He spent four decades helping to develop life-changing drug treatments for major pharmaceutical companies including Dow Chemical, Eli Lilly, and Johnson & Johnson.

Now semi-retired, Michael spends much of his time shuttling between New York and New Jersey alongside his wife of 50 years. He speaks regularly at schools, synagogues and business institutions, sharing his experiences as a survivor of the Holocaust.

Veteran TV news producer and media coach Debbie Holinstat has spent her career writing for some of the biggest names in broadcast news. However, her greatest professional reward has come from writing "Survivor's Club" alongside her father.

For more information, visit http://holocausteducate.org or call 319-399-8605.