Presentations by Auschwitz Survivor Michael Bornstein

Join the Iowa Jewish Historical Society for two exciting and memorable free events featuring Auschwitz Survivor Michael Bornstein and his daughter Debbie Bornstein Holinstat. FREE ADMISSION. First come, first seated. Book signings will follow both events.   Download Flyer
Sunday, September 15 – 2 p.m. Staplin Performing Arts Center, Valley High School
(3650 Woodland Ave., West Des Moines, IA 50266)

Monday, September 16 – 7 p.m. – Ames Middle School (3915 Mortenson Road, Ames, IA 50014)

Michael Bornstein is one of the youngest survivors of the Auschwitz death camp. At the age of four, he managed to stay hidden and evade murder in the most notorious death camp in world history. Photos of Michael being liberated by Soviet soldiers at the camp have been seen on museum walls, book covers, and film clips around the world but he waited more than seventy years to step forward and share his story.

Michael wrote the New York Times bestseller Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz with his daughter Debbie, who is a broadcast news journalist and writer. Along the way, he and his family were stunned to uncover shocking new details about his survival that included a bribery scheme, untold acts of kindness by a German leader, and one perfectly-timed brush with illness.

Come hear Michael and Debbie describe how Michael was hidden in Auschwitz for seven months before being carried out of the death camp in his grandmother’s arms. Learn how a father’s courageous wit, his mother’s love, and a perfectly-timed illness saved his life. Hear, too, how other members of his family from Zarki, Poland escaped death time and time again.

Michael earned his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics and Analytical Chemistry from the University of Iowa and working for more than four decades as a scientist and researcher helping to develop life-saving antibiotics, growth hormone and cancer treatments.

Platinum Sponsor: Lou and Marilyn Hurwitz
Silver Sponsors: Don and Margo Blumenthal Marty and Shelley Brody Larry and Suzanne Engman; Stan and Mary Seidler Randi and John Stern Tim and Toni Urban; Alan Zuckert
Benefactors: Bud and Dorothy Hockenberg
Ames Co-Sponsors: Ames Jewish Congregation Ames Historical Society Hillel at ISU Chabad of Ames

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