Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg to Speak Jan. 31 as Part of Arts and Lecture Series

Martin LowenbergA Michigan native who lost his parents and younger twin brothers, in the Holocaust, will speak Tuesday, Jan. 31, as part of Ferris State University’s Arts and Lecture Committee’s Performing Artist Series.

Now 88 years old, Martin Lowenberg will continue his life mission to educate others about the atrocities of the Holocaust, and to stand against intolerance, with his presentation, set from 7 to 9 p.m. in Ferris’ Williams Auditorium.

Lowenberg’s family fled Germany hoping to live in freedom as refugees in a Latvian ghetto. Nazi oppression followed them, as Lowenberg and an older sister were sent to labor camps, while the rest of the family was taken to the Auschwitz concentration camp, where they were exterminated. He was a 76-pound, 17-year old when he was liberated, in 1945.

“We are pleased to welcome Martin Lowenberg back to campus,” said Arts and Lectures assistant Paula Hadley. “The opportunity to hear a first-hand account of surviving the Holocaust is becoming rarer each day. Ferris students, faculty and staff are welcome, along with the Big Rapids community to join us at this event.”

Lowenberg made the keynote address at “Remembering the Holocaust,” a two-day event in March 2015 on the Ferris campus, which was designed to raise awareness about the evils of genocide.

PHOTO CAPTION: Holocaust survivor Martin Lowenberg speaks about his experiences Tuesday, Jan. 31, in a 7 p.m. presentation in Ferris State University’s Williams Auditorium.