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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 Survivor’s Memoir.”

“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 through.”

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 children’s children.

“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.”

Contact Erin Mahn at pendulum@elon.edu or 278-7247.