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The children of Buchenwald: MSU scholar tells their story

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More than 300 donors and guests in Southeast Michigan attended a presentation by the director of MSU’s Jewish Studies Program, Kenneth Waltzer, on the rescue of children and youths in Buchenwald.   In the summer of 2008, Waltzer was among a group of scholars from around the world invited to Germany to examine the newly-opened archive of Nazi records kept by the Red Cross’s International Tracing Service. During the visit, Waltzer discovered the rescuer of Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, a child at Buchenwald. More recently, he led a research group that disputed the veracity of the memoir Angel at the Fence, a highly publicized and now debunked Holocaust love story. Held at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, the presentation was sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters and the Jewish Studies Program.

Professor Ken Waltzer (second from right) posed with four men all of whom are survivors of concentration camps.  They are (from left): Abe Pasternak, Michael Weiss and Paul Molnar, all Auschwitz and Buchenwald survivors; furthest right: Frank Kussy, Theresienstadt and Auschwitz survivor.