The Annual Ellsworth Lecture is funded by the Robert A. Ellsworth Trust and brings visiting scholars to campus to speak publicly about their work.
25th Annual Ellsworth Lecture
Liselotte Ivry, Holocaust Survivor
March 26, 2009 at 7 p.m.
Dibden Center for the Arts
When she spoke to a packed house in Dibden on March 26, 2009, faculty, students, and community members listened with rapt attention as she told her story. She was born in 1925 in a small town in Czechoslovakia; she and her brother Hans were the only Jewish children in the village. After the Germans invaded, her family was sent to a ghetto and then to concentration camps, where her mother and brother died. In April 1945, she was liberated from Bergen-Belsen by the British army, only 19 years old and having survived horrors and lost her whole family. Now in her 80s, she speaks articulately and movingly. She says, “Why do I do what I do, to be involved in telling about the Holocaust? Every year there are fewer and fewer of us left. . . I am a speaker for the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre and visit many schools. Sometimes I am asked, ‘Do you feel guilty that you survived?’ and my answer is No. I feel we are all put on this earth for a certain purpose and I was chosen to speak for the 6,000,000 whose voices were stilled.”