Holocaust survivor David Faber shares experiences
Erin Mahn / Reporter
Students, faculty, and community members filled the Whitley
Auditorium Monday evening as David Faber, a Holocaust
survivor, fulfilled the promise he made to his mother,
“to tell the world” his story. Faber discussed
his book, “Because of Romek: A Holocaust
“How did the Nazis know who is Jewish or not?,”
Faber asked. “The problem was and the problem still is,
we have too much hatred in the world. People were brainwashed
and still are brainwashed. What is wrong with these people?
What is wrong with the world?”
Faber was born in 1926 and suffered Nazi persecution from
1939 to 1945. During the Holocaust, he witnessed the murder
of his parents and six of his seven siblings. He was
imprisoned in eight different concentration camps, including
Auschwitz. Faber’s book describes his experiences in
the ghettos and concentration camps.
During the lecture, Faber recounted his painful memories of
the Holocaust, including the torturous death of his brother.
He was finally liberated from Bergen-Belson in 1945 at the
age of 18. When he was liberated he was “a living
skeleton” weighing only 72 pounds.
Faber, who visited Elon in 2002, speaks frequently across the
nation to schools, universities and churches.
“Because of Romek: A Holocaust Survivor’s
Memoir” has become required reading in many
universities, middle and high schools. His visit was
sponsored by The Liberal Arts Forum, Hillel, the History
Department and the Resident Student Association. All proceeds
from the tickets will be donated to American veterans.
Many students who attended the lecture felt the importance of
hearing the horrors of the Holocaust from a survivor.
“I thought David Faber’s presentation was
incredibly powerful and moving,” said sophomore Alana
Dunn. “I am completely amazed that he was able to
survive everything he endured. After listening to him speak,
I felt like I don’t have the right to complain about
anything in my life ever again, because my life is the
biggest slice of heaven compared to what he went
Faber spoke for approximately two hours and had a question
and answer at the conclusion of his speech.
Faber travels around the nation, telling his story, because
he wants to stop hate. He wants the audience to leave
remembering his story for our children and our
“We must not forget what has happened,” Faber
said. “We must teach our children love not hate. We
must remember the men and women who gave their life for the
freedom of the world.”
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