Yom Hashoah Commemoration: Middlebury Welcomes Roman Kent

Lecture: Tuesday, April 3, 2018
4:30 pm
Axinn 229

Screening of "Children in the Holocaust"
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
4:30 pm
Axinn 232

In the week leading up to Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day (April 12), Middlebury College will welcome Roman Kent, Chairman of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, to campus. In a conversation with his son Jeffrey, Mr. Kent will speak about his survival during the Holocaust and his active involvement in Jewish philanthropy on Tuesday, April 3 at 4:30 p.m. in Axinn 229.

On Wednesday, April 4, “Children in the Holocaust,” a documentary Kent co-produced in 1983, will be screened in Axinn 232 at 4:30 p.m. Narrated by Liv Ullmann, the film features interviews with adults who recall the memories of the plight they endured as children during the Holocaust.

Born in Lodz, Poland, Roman Kent spent the war years in the Lodz Ghetto and in the Auschwitz, Mertzbachtal, Dornau, and Flossenbürg concentration camps.  He arrived in the United States in 1946 under the auspices of the children’s quota of the United States Government’s “Displaced Persons Act.” After attending Emory University, he became a successful businessman in New York City.

In addition to numerous other philanthropic positions, Mr. Kent serves as President of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, an organization that provides financial support to aged and needy non-Jews who rescued Jews during the Holocaust, while preserving their legacy through a national education program.

The event is sponsored by the Holocaust Film Fund; Program in Jewish Studies; Linguistics Program; Charles P. Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life; German Department; Brainerd Commons; and Chellis House Women’s Resource Center.

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