For Release: April 10, 2003
Chella Kryszek was born in The Hague in 1928 and 12 years later the Germans marched into Holland on her birthday. Her family went into hiding when she was 14. They were betrayed 18 months later. She and her sister endured seven different camps, including Auschwitz. Liberation came on May 1, 1945, two weeks short of her 17th birthday. Her story remarkably follows the story of Anne Frank, only she survived to share her experience.
Kryszek will share her dramatic Holocaust story of courage, perseverance, love and gentle humor on Wednesday, May 14, at 7:00 p.m. in St. Anne's Chapel on the Marylhurst University campus. The public is invited and no admission will be charged.
There will be a time for questions about what she learned, and information about the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center. Through the oral histories of survivors, liberators, witnesses or their families, the Center seeks to eradicate genocide and hate crimes around the world.
Marylhurst's Cultural and Historical Studies Program is hosting Chella Kryszek's presentation. For more information, call the Center for Campus Events at 503.699.6249. Marylhurst University is one mile south of Lake Oswego on Highway 43.