Bainbridge State College is pleased to announce its first event of the third Annual Carter Arts & Lecture Series.
On Thursday, October 8, at 7 p.m., Dr. Eugen Schoenfeld, scholar, Holocaust survivor, and educator will share his story with the Bainbridge State College community. This event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets are not required for entry.
Schoenfeld was born on Nov. 8, 1925, in Mukacevo, Czechoslovakia—now Hungary.
Adolph Hitler and the Nazi Party ascended to power in Germany in early 1933, and demanded the Sudentenland, and area of Czechoslovakia where the majority of the population was ethnically German, be “returned” to the German Reich. Schoenfeld and his family were among the victims who were taken from their homes by the Nazis and their collaborators.
From 1944 to 1945, he was interned as a prisoner at Auschwitz, Warsaw, Dachau and Muehldorf.
After liberation, Schoenfeld attended medical school in Prague for only one year. He then immigrated to St. Louis where he received a master’s in Sociology from Washington University. He continued his studies and earned a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University.
Schoenfeld continued his career as a scholar and served as a professor and Chair Emeritus of the Department of Sociology at Georgia State University. Once retiring, he continued to travel and speak to students, and diverse civic groups on his lifetime experiences. He has written two books: My Reconstructed Life and Faith and Conflict.
This event is in collaboration with the Georgia Commission of the Holocaust—a secular, non-partisan state-agency that strives to preserve the memory of the Holocaust and promote public understanding of the history. It ensures that learning how and why the Holocaust happened is an important part of the education of Georgia citizens. It also encourages reflection upon the moral questions raised by this unprecedented event and the responsibilities of citizens of democracy.