Holocaust survivor to speak in Vail on Wednesday night
VAIL — The Chabad Jewish Center will welcome author and Holocaust survivor Leon Malmed for a special presentation and accompanying book signing of his memoir “We Survived … At Last I Speak”
Malmed will present a special guest lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Chabad Jewish Center, located at 1000 LionsRidge Loop in the Vail Run Resort. There is no charge and the event is open to the public.
Malmed’s story is one about how triumph of will and perseverance can help overcome almost historically insurmountable odds.
In 1942, Malmed and his sister were separated from their parents in occupied France when Malmed was 5 years old. His parents ultimately perished at the now infamous death camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, and he and his sister never saw them again. Malmed eventually immigrated to the United States in 1964, and went on to live in New York for the next 18 years.
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He went on to hold executive positions with leading tech companies in the Silicon Valley, including SanDisk. He is retired and currently serves on the board of directors for the Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation.
Malmed’s memoir has been described as a “narrative of love and courage, set against a backdrop of tragedy, fear, injustice, prejudice and the greatest moral outrage of the modern era.” Malmed has spoken about his experiences at synagogues, churches and universities throughout the United States and Europe, and will now bring his story to Vail.
“Chabad Jewish Center of Vail is extremely excited to welcome an esteemed guest such as Mr. Malmed,” said Rabbi Dovid Mintz. “As we deal with threats of terror and violence in the present, it’s important to remember how horrific events such as the Holocaust have the power to shape history in an intangibly complex and profound way.”
For more information and to RSVP, call 970-476-7887 or visit http://www.JewishVail.com.