Holocaust survivor to speak on bases in South Korea
CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — Beginning Friday, Holocaust survivor Ed Lessing will speak to servicemembers in South Korea about his experiences resisting Nazi rule and slaughter.
Lessing will speak to chaplains and senior leaders from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday in the Warrior Room at Camp Red Cloud. He will speak to the general public from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the CG Mess at Camp Red Cloud.
He then will speak Friday at 7 p.m. during Jewish services at Yongsan Garrison’s South Post Chapel.
Lessing is tentatively scheduled to speak to a Christian group on Sunday at Yongsan Garrison, followed by a speech for the Yongsan equal opportunity office at noon Monday. For more information, call Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Avi Weiss at DSN 723-6707.
Lessing and his family separated and went into hiding in 1942 to avoid Nazi concentration camps, according to his biography.
Lessing posed as a Christian farmhand until joining an armed resistance group in 1943. His mother was captured and sent to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Following the war, Lessing and his family reunited and moved to the United States.
Lessing’s visit comes as Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, is observed Sunday. More than 6,000,000 Jewish people were massacred under Nazi rule, along with millions of others from different ethnic, religious and political backgrounds.