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March 20, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Kurt Klein: A Liberator’s Story – Free Event w/ RSVP
Mar. 20, 2pm | Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
- Lecture and concert honoring Kurt Klein including music selections performed with the Violins of Hope. Kurt’s daughter, Vivian Ullman, featured speaker.
- Kurt Klein was born and raised in Waldorf, Germany. When Hitler ascended to power, Klein’s parents realized Jewish people had no future in Germany. They sent 17-year-old Kurt and their other children to safety in the United States. During the Kristallnacht attacks on German Jews, the Klein’s home was vandalized, and Kurt’s parents were deported to Eastern Europe. They ultimately perished at Auschwitz.
- Kurt Klein was drafted in 1942 and served in the U.S. Army as an intelligence officer. In May 1945 he rescued 120 girls, all victims of Nazi concentration camps, from an abandoned factory in Volary, Czechoslovakia. One of these girls was Gerda Weissman, a famous author, speaker and Holocaust survivor, who later became his wife. Gerda resides in Phoenix.