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Holocaust Survivor to Speak at UCR


Holocaust Survivor to Speak at UCR May 2

Real estate developer Mark Rubin will present an oral testimony in a Holocaust Remembrance Day observance.

(April 27, 2011)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Holocaust survivor Mark Rubin will present an oral testimony about his experiences in the Terezin (Teresienstadt) concentration camp in a Holocaust Remembrance Day observance at 5:30 p.m. May 2 in the UC Riverside Materials Science and Engineering Building, Room 116.

UCR religious studies professor Michael Alexander will lead a discussion after Rubin’s presentation.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking costs $5.

Rubin was born in Sabinov, Czechoslovakia, and was 7 years old in 1944 when his family was imprisoned in the concentration camp, located in what is now the Czech Republic. Of the 150,000 prisoners held there, an estimated 35,000 were children. When the Soviet Army liberated the camp in 1945, there were 17,247 survivors, only 100 children among them.

Rubin’s family immigrated to the United States in 1948, and he arrived in California in 1953, where he is a successful real estate developer. He serves on the board of directors of American Jewish University, is a regent of Mount St. Mary’s College, chairs the La Sierra University Foundation, and is a member of the board of governors at Cedar Sinai Medical Center. He also is involved with the Riverside Downtown Partnership and the Mission Inn Foundation.

“Mr. Rubin is of the generation of children who survived the camps; the older generations have largely passed on,” Alexander said. “These children survivors have in their memories the last direct testimony we will ever know.”

UCR Hillel students organized the event with assistance from Inland & Desert Hillel Council. Co-sponsors are the Jewish Federation of Palm Springs and Desert Area, Leona Aronoff-Sadacca, Inland Empire Jewish Federation, and UCR University Advancement, Department of Religious Studies and the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

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