Leslie Schwartz’ story has generated international attention; articles on the "Talking Weeds" blog have been read by thousands of people in over fifty countries. He is also very much in demand as an educator and lecturer. His recent travels and speaking engagements have been covered by major media in the United States including The New York Times, CBS and ABC news. Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany's largest daily newspaper with over one million readers, featured his story in August 2011.
Mr. Schwartz will speak about his experiences as a teenager in Auschwitz, Dachau, and Mühldorf and show a film titled "The Mühldorf Death Train." (45 minutes, in English).
Born January 12, 1930, Leslie Schwartz divides his time between the United States and Germany. His mission is to educate and to uplift people. His method is to bear witness to what he experienced during the Holocaust and to make his life a force for positive change, unity and healing among all people. His life is testament to the power of the human spirit in its search for freedom, truth and beauty.
Sponsored by the UA College of Humanities, the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, French and Italian, Russian and Slavic Studies, Spanish and Portuguese, Religious Studies and Classics, and the Tucson Jewish Community Center.
For more information contact the UA College of Humanities' German Studies Department at 621-7385 or german.arizona.edu.