NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 21, 2019)—As the number of Holocaust survivors dwindles, Middle Tennesseans have a rare opportunity to hear the first-hand account of Irving Roth, age 90, who survived Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps.
In partnership with Chabad of Nashville and presenting sponsor Regions Bank, Roth will share his story of survival and grit on Nov. 14 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Gordon Jewish Community Center.
“Irving Roth is a true survivor,” said Rabbi Yitzchok Tiechtel with Chabad of Nashville. “Not only did he physically survive the terrors of WWII, but he lived on with his heart and hope intact. Roth’s presentation is sure to be moving, inspiring and educational for all who attend.”
Born in Kosice, Czechoslovakia, in 1929, Roth lived through the horrors of multiple concentration camps and emigrated to the United States in 1947. The first time he returned to Auschwitz in 1998, Roth realized the importance of keeping his memories from five decades earlier alive in the minds of Jewish youth. He is now devoted to educating young and old about the perils of anti-Semitism and prejudice.
“By telling and retelling our stories of survival and determination, I believe we will be able to fully realize a better tomorrow,” Roth said. “I am very much looking forward to spreading my message to a new audience in Nashville.”
Tickets to “A Harrowing Story of Survival” are available at www.eventbrite.com. All ages are welcome. General admission tickets are discounted to $20 through Nov. 7. Tickets will then increase to $30.
Student and senior tickets are $15, and reserved seating tickets are $50 per person. A VIP option is available for $150 and includes a reception with Roth, an autographed book and general admission.
Roth is the director of the Holocaust Resource Center – Temple Judea of Manhasset, New York, and spends his free time touring the United States, Canada, and Europe to speak about his experiences. Roth is also an adjunct professor at the University of Maine and has published such works as “Bondi’s Brother” and children’s book “Saved by Psalms: The Story of Irving Roth.”
For tickets and additional details, visit https://www.jewishnashville.org or call 615-646-5750.