Valley in Brief: Nazi camp survivor to speak in Vail this week |

Valley in Brief: Nazi camp survivor to speak in Vail this week

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Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL – Nazi extermination camp survivor Phillip Bialowitz will present his powerful recollections of teen courage and resistance inside a Nazi death camp during his visit to the Vail Valley on Wednesday.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at Chabad Jewish Center, 1000 Lionsridge Loop (Vail Run Building) in Vail.

The event is sponsored by Chadad Jewish Center Vail. Cost is $15 in advance or $18 at the door. For more information and to RSVP, call 970-476-7887 or visit

Bialowitz is one of eight living survivors of the Nazi extermination camp Sobibor, where 250,000 people perished between 1942 and 1943. It was there that Mr. Bialowitz, who was 17 at the time, joined with his brother and a small group of Jewish prisoners to overpower their captors and free about 200 of the camp’s 600 slave laborers. Hear his story of the most successful uprising at any Nazi camp, as recounted in his new memoir, “A Promise at Sobibor: A Jewish Boy’s Story of Revolt and Survival in Nazi-Occupied Poland.”

For the past 20 years, Bialowitz has inspired audiences around the world with his hopeful message of resistance to racism. His memoir is written in a boyhood voice that tells his eyewitness story. He has testified in numerous war-crimes proceedings, including the soon-to-conclude trial of ex-Ohio auto worker John Demjanjuk. Bialowitz currently resides in New York. He is the father of five and has 15 grandchildren.

Phillip Bialowitz’s website is

BEAVER CREEK – Now a state-licensed child care facility, Ritz Kids at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch will offer its first day-camp program this summer offering supervised physical, creative and educational activities for children ages 5 to 12.

The Ritz Kids Summer Day Camp program, available 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, will be offered to Eagle County residents for $125 per day. Locals who enroll by the week will receive the fifth day free, totaling $500 for five days, and those who enroll in a monthlong program will receive one week free, totaling $1,875 for four weeks. All day-camp pricing includes lunch.

Early drop-off and late pick-up services will be available for $25 each to families who wish to extend supervised child care.

Ritz Kids Summer Day Camp will center on Colorado-inspired weekly themes, which will inspire each day’s thorough lineup of outdoor activities, educational excursions and creative projects.

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch has committed to partnering with area organizations to host one child free per week through the summer. For more information or to make reservations, call Ritz Kids directly at 970-343-1073 or visit

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY – As part of the current rockfall-mitigation project on Interstate 70, the Colorado Department of Transportation will be stopping traffic on I-70 at Georgetown Hill on Tuesday to allow the safe delivery of materials to areas above the highway.

Beginning at about 10:30 a.m., drivers can expect traffic stops up to 20 minutes on eastbound and westbound I-70. Westbound traffic will be stopped at the Georgetown Interchange (Exit 228), and eastbound traffic will be stopped at the Silver Plume Interchange (Exit 226).

CDOT expects to stop traffic a few times over a three- to four-hour period, with the stops concluding by mid-afternoon.

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