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Holocaust survivor, award-winning professor to speak at Minnesota West

Born in Nazi Germany in 1933, Amram and his family experienced Kristallnacht and other acts of violence directed at Jews. He escaped with his parents to New York City in 1939.

Fred Amram
Fred Amram
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WORTHINGTON — The public is invited to attend a presentation by Fred Amram, one of the few remaining survivors of the Holocaust, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Worthington Fine Arts Theater at Minnesota West Community & Technical College.

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Amram is an award-winning retired professor of communication and creativity at the University of Minnesota. He has authored books and articles about creativity, inventors, robotics and communication, and received the Patent and Trademark Office's Excellence in Education Award.

Born in Nazi Germany in 1933, Amram and his family experienced Kristallnacht and other acts of violence directed at Jews. He escaped with his parents to New York City in 1939.

Although the transition to a new language and culture was difficult, the alternatives were worse. Consequently, his adopted country truly became a land of opportunity to him, where one could build a new life and become more than a “survivor.” The loss of uncles, aunts, a grandmother and many more relatives has motivated him to share his story and to speak against genocide everywhere.

His 2016 memoir "We’re in America Now: A Survivor’s Stories" is his transition from scholarly writing to storytelling. He recently co-authored "Lest We Forget" with his wife, artist Sandra Brick. This visual memoir explores his childhood experiences in Nazi Germany and then as a refugee in the U.S.

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All attendees are welcome to attend a reception in the Commons with Amram immediately following the presentation. Light refreshments will be served. Both events are free and open to the public. A Zoom link on Minnesota West's website and its social media pages will be available for community members who cannot physically attend.

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